Ever since I discovered it was possible to make your own dress form it has been on my to-do list for a long time. For Christmas this year I requested a pattern from Bootstrap Fashions and received a Jo-Ann’s gift card, combined with my 2 week winter break, I was finally able to make this happen! I have made a lot of projects, but this one has brought me the most satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment. If you are wanting to make your own dress form, you should really use their option of entering all of your measurements for a custom pattern. Plus, when you do it this way they will put in the seam allowances for you, unlike the method I used. If you decide to give this a go, please use my link, :). Click here for the pattern options.
I decided to do this about the most difficult way that one can, but I am very happy with the results. I received the PDF set of standard sizes 2-14 with cup sizes A-DD. With my measurements, I was between the sizes 10, 12, and 14 and past the DD size. Also, each size pattern is printed on individual sets of paper…so after printing and cutting and putting together 3 sets of papers (several hours!), I was able to trace out all my pattern pieces with the base size a 10 cup size DD, then grading out to a size 12 for the waist, size 14 for the hips, and size 14 cup size DD for the chest. So much time! But, in the end I was very happy with the final project, :).
The instructions are amazing! There are about 44 pages of detailed instructions with images, plus, Kelly Hogaboom, she does a wonderful job of giving even more details and advise throughout the process.
I purchased a woven interfacing called WovenFuse purchased here. It works just as well as SF101, but it comes in 45″ width! In the instructions, they recommend applying the interfacing to the fabric prior to cutting out the pieces, having 45″ wide interfacing was a huge plus! The fabric I used is called Vintage Pink Large Floral. The pattern recommends using an upholstery weight fabric, but I didn’t have any issues with my quilting cotton quality fabric. I just love the vintage vibe it gives. Hence the name Ava, for Ava Gardner. And she’s perfect! I will admit, this project took time, about 5 days of working on it. There are a few pieces, sewing, top stitching the lines, stuffing, cutting out the cardboard, etc. Ironing the interfacing onto 2 yards of fabric took awhile. In the end it was all worth it. This dress form is so much better than my adjustable form. I loved her, but it had all this open areas and hard edges. I can pin into Ava without any issues anywhere, :). Plus, unlike duct tape, she won’t gunk up my pins.
As you can tell, I really don’t have anything negative to say about this pattern at all. If anything, I am definitely planning to check out some of Bootstrap’s other sloper patterns. Love the idea of just entering my measurements and receiving a customized pattern.
As for the level needed to put this together, my advise is: if you can make a princess seam shirt or dress, you can make this. It’s really not difficult so much as just takes some time.
Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!
And in use already: