Your Unique Dressform (e-book)
Your Unique Dressform is an ebook that shows how to make a fully pinnable polyurethane-based dressform to your size and shape at home. and it has 20 pages with lots of pictures and description. In it, I show plenty of in-progress pictures and tell all about my process from making the mould, to a creature-of-the-nightmares in-between-stage to the finished dressform.
Have you ever wished for a dressform of your exact size? The dressforms that you can never replicate our unique bodies, so why not make your own at home? This ebook follows through the process of making a fully pinnable, fabric-covered dressform that matches your size and shape. It even teaches you how to add legs so that you can use your dressform to fit trousers, too!
From the introduction:
We all are different in size and shape. The most rewarding thing in sewing for yourself is to create garments that fit and suit your style. However, fitting yourself can be tricky. I have struggled in trying to pin the back of my dress and often am forced to beg my family members to help me.
I do own two regular dressforms, one adjustable and one a rigid display form and those do help when nothing else exists but still, they are far from my exact shape. I have a long back, small bust and shoulders that are on different heights. My adjustable dress falls apart when I try to adjust the back to be long enough and both of my dressforms have hips that have pretty much the same shape front and back. No matter what your size is, a store-bought dressform can only be an approximation. However, what if you could have a dressform of your exact shape and size? What if you could just do your own fitting easily and quickly?
I am a maker. I believe that creating things starts not with a question of “Can I do it?” but with “How do I do it?” So, I decided to make a dressform for myself. I wanted it to be a full torso with legs. I needed to be soft and pinnable and I wanted to be able to both hang it from the ceiling and to stand it on the floor. Having made one legform before, I had some kind of an idea on how to proceed.
This book is a description of the process I used. It will also help people who want to make their own dressform. The whole process took about 3 weeks but most of it was waiting as the polyurethane filling needed time to dry. You will need a friend or a family member to help you with the mould making but after that, you can proceed on your own.