How to fix your Dress Form Measurement
1. Using any duct tape to fix your dress form measurement first, or quilt batting, add a layer of
batting around the torso. The batting pretty much sticks to itself, but you can pin or tape or stick it
in place for a temporary hold.
2. Put a bra on the form that fits you perfectly. This is important for two reasons. First, not all bust
dimensions are the same. For example, some wearers of a 36B bra have cups that runneth
over, while others have cups that runneth under, even though 36B is the correct size. Secondly,
pads alone cannot always mimic the shape the bust takes when it is in the undergarment that is
usually worn. By using the same bra worn by the individual and padding it appropriately, the
bust area of the dress form will exactly mimic the body.
NOTE: It is important that the basic dress form’s cup size be smaller than or equal to the body,
since it cannot be altered easily. Some manufacturers make a petite form with smaller cup
3. Pad the bra with fiberfill, to as closely mimic the actual shape of the bust as possible.
4. Add layers of fiberfill around the bra area in back to mimic the shape of the flesh in this area as
5. Add shoulder pads under the bra straps if needed to exactly mimic the shoulder-to-bust apex or
bust point measurement. Some people have one shoulder higher than another, for example.
6. Add more layers of quilt batting, and separate pads.
7. Measure, measure, measure!
8. When all of the padding is finished, pull a tight bodysuit or gym suit or pant-hose over the entire
9. Stand next to the form, turning slowly and turning the form as well, checking the body mensions
and shapes from all angles. Adjust stuffing as necessary.
10. Measure the dress form again, and compare to your measurements. Adjust stuffing as
11. Next, get at least 3 or 4 tops, blouses, skirts, pants, jackets, and dresses that fit you well and
try them on the dress form. This is a really critical step, because although the measurements
may be accurate, they may not allow for the way the garment fits on you. This allows you to
adjust the padding some more in order to ensure that garments fit on the dress form the same
way they fit on you.
12. When the fit is as close as possible, pin or stitch black twill tape onto the form, marking the
following areas, ensuring that the distances and dimensions are accurate. For example, the
center back neck to waistline measurement may not be the same as the center front neck to
c. Center Front
d. Center Back
e. Side seam areas
f. Crotch seam area