Which is the Best Dress Form? Our Two Favorites Reviewed

The honest truth is that most people do not fall under the “normal” size category that most dress forms are modeled from. I often wonder why the word “normal” or “average size” is used at all.

If you make clothes and you belong to the great majority of people out there who do not fit exactly into the typical average, then this patented fitting system by Fabulous Fit is a must have addition to your professional dress form! When I made my order, I got the padding system and the additional body wrap because I need to add some inches to thread waist and hips of my wedding dress. This was the best decision I ever made, because I now create masterpieces that fit my body perfectly each time I sew.

The Fabulous Fit dress form system makes all dress forms easily adjustable and ready for sewing. It comes with exchangeable lifelike shaped pads and 2 stretch covers (with princess lines) which allow women of all shapes and sizes to duplicate each area of the bust line, waistline, hips, and thighs on a dress form. Now you can make any dress form and match every single body type. You can mimic any measurements and shape possible by simply interchanging the foam pads at each area of your body. This dress form system is a practical solution to making patterns and sewing clothes. Simply choose your dress form system to target the size you are trying to achieve. The Fabulous Fit dress form system will make sewing and pattern making easy.

Fabulous Fit
2.5 pounds
Dritz Dress Form
11.1 pounds

Why is Fabulous Fit Different?

Fabulous Fit Dress Form reviewWhile dress forms may be similar, it is worthwhile to note that all dress forms are not the same. Fabulous Fit® is known for the posture, shape, and quality of its dress forms. We design and manufacture our dress forms based on real body measurements. Additionally, each dress form includes a Patented Fitting System that allows you to duplicate any body shape on any dress form style or brand.

  • Free Fitting System and Bendable Arms with every Dress Form
  • Adjustable Dress Form – thanks to interchangeable life-like curves that allow you to shape your dress form to match a real body!
  • Transform an ordinary dress form into your unique silhouette with the Fabulous Fit Fitting System.
  • Get great fitting clothes without paying so much money and wasting a lot of time in buying a custom dress form. You can use your current dress form to alter each area of the waist, bosom, butt, hips, and thighs with the included covers and pads. Steam on it, and pin into it—looks like a real body.

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What is included in this Adjustable Dress Form?

Each size of the Fabulous Fit Fitting System includes:

  • 2 body covers (90% cotton, 10% spandex)
  • One cover to hold pads in place
  • One cover with princess seams to smooth out dress form
  • 17 soft interchangeable life-like contoured pads
  • Shoulders can be made sloping, round, or asymmetrical with position of the pads.
  • Bust lines can be reproduced to high, low, or fuller
  • Raise or lower the waist by positioning the stomach pad higher or lower
  • Pinnable pads used to duplicate every area of your body as they are positioned under one of the covers
  • 2 upper hip pads
  • 2 back hip pads
  • 2 shoulder pads
  • 2 bust pads
  • 2 thigh pads
  • 2 side back pads
  • 1 stomach pad
  • 4 filler pads
  • Includes instructions with full-color photos
  • Note: dress forms sold separately

What Fabulous Fit Dress Form Size Should you buy?

Fabulous Fit sizes - adjustable dress form

Check your measurements. Choose one of the sizes, below, that you would like your dress form to be when your shape and measurements are duplicated with the Fabulous Fit Fitting System.

Small (FFFSS)

  • Dress form sizes 2-6
  • Bust 30″ to 34″
  • Waist 22″ to 25″
  • Hips 32″ to 34″

Medium (FFFSM)

  • Dress form sizes 8-12
  • Bust 35″ to 37″
  • Waist 26″ to 32″
  • Hips 35″ to 39″

Large (FFFSL)

  • Dress form sizes 14-18
  • Bust 38″ to 43″
  • Waist 33″ to 39″
  • Hips 40″ to 43″

X-Large (FFFSXL)

  • Dress form sizes 20 and up
  • Bust 44″ to 55″
  • Waist 40″ to 48″
  • Hips 44″ to 56″

The system is great for all body types including straight broad shoulders, round shoulders, Dowagers Hump, straight broad shoulders, small back, wide back, high bust line, high rib cage, large bust line, low bust line / high waist, large stomach, high upper hip area, full upper hip, thighs and large hips. It is hard to find a body type that this system will not work on.

Dritz Sew You Dress Form

Dritz dress form reviewThe right dress form can take your sewing projects from amateur to professional. And if you’re a fan of making your own patterns, you know just how important it is to have a dress form in your studio.

There are dozens of forms on the market, but many of them come with a hefty price tag.

The Dritz Sew You dress form is both affordable and completely adjustable – making it the next best thing to buying a custom-made dress form.

Sew You Dress Form Features

  • Medium size
  • 2 auto-set dials at waist and bust; 9 adjusting wheels at waist, bust and hips
  • Adjustable neck with included pin cushion
  • Marker for pin hem
  • Adjustable height
  • Foam-backed nylon cover for marking and pinning

Is the Dritz Sew You Dress Form a Good Buy?

There’s a lot to love about the Dritz Sew You form. Adjustability is the biggest perk of buying this form, but there are other features that you’ll appreciate.

The Dritz form can be adjusted to fit your measurements, and if those measurements change in the future (they probably will), you can change the size with the twist of a dial.

The form includes two auto-set dials for the waist and the bust, and nine adjusting wheels at the waist, bust and hips. All of these wheels work together to fine-tune the size of the dress form.

The Sew You form offers the following dimensions:

  • Bust: 39″-46″
  • Hips: 41″-47″
  • Waist: 32″-40″
  • Neck: 15″-18″
  • Back Length: 15″-17″

This is a medium-sized form, and the measurement ranges are about what you’d expect with this size.

Adjustability – in my opinion – is the main advantage the Sew You dress form has to offer.

Seamstresses will also appreciate the adjustable height and neck feature. The neck also has a built-in pin cushion for convenience.

If you do a lot of draping, you know how important it is to have a pinnable dress form. The Dress You form has a foam-backed nylon cover that allows for easy pinning and marking.

The only complaint I have is the opal green color of this form. I prefer a white or nude color, as colorful forms can make it difficult to work with colorful fabrics without getting distracted.

The color of the form is the only real complaint I have.

If you’re looking for an dress form that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, the Dritz Dress You form is a great choice.

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Conclusion – Which One is the Best?

Dress forms have come a long way from what they used to be. I’ve been designing and sewing my own clothes since I was a teenager and have always hated the fitting process. Trying to design clothes to fit yourself is really frustrating! I’m an average person, and not a perfect proportional size (not like perfect sizes exist), so I’ve always had to adjust the patterns to fit my size.

In the past I have tried some helpful dress forms even the flexible dress forms didn’t get my true figure quite right. I don’t really have a waistline to boast about and I have fullness in my tummy. I do like the Dritz, but the Fabulous Fit dress form system allows me to put the pads right where I need more fullness and I get the exact curve of my own body. It’s amazing how much easier it is to fit myself now that I have the dress form. I love making my own clothes so much more now. The Fabulous fit system made me realize that clothes can be so much more, I definitely enjoy my job a lot more now.

With this dress form system, a reliable sewing machine (like the Singer Stylist 7258 found here) and serger you will be able to make clothes that will be envy of all your friends.

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