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with Judy Jackson
Online Class

Fitting Essentials: Customize Your Dress Form

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Personalize any dress form to your measurements with acclaimed sewing instructor Judy Jackson. Start with Judy's tips for selecting a dress form and working with a fitting partner to record all the measurements you need. Then create or adjust a dress form cover to ensure you end up with a perfect body double. Learn how to pad a studio or adjustable dress form to fill out your custom cover and replicate your body. See how to carve a foam dress form to personalize the shape before you add batting for a smooth result beneath the cover. Finish your custom dress form with a fit check and markings for design lines. Use accessible materials and simple sewing to create a body-double dress form that opens the door to your best-fitting garments!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h33m

Included in this Class

1. Choosing a Dress Form

1. Choosing a Dress Form

Meet your instructor, expert sewer Judy Jackson, and learn about the three varieties of dress forms you can customize -- studio, adjustable and foam -- including their advantages and disadvantages. Whether you already own a dress form or are considering purchasing one, you'll be delighted to discover how to modify it for a perfect fit every time you sew.

2. Measuring & Evaluating Shape

2. Measuring & Evaluating Shape

Grab a fitting buddy to calculate both your linear and depth measurements, evaluate your shape and compare your measurements with those of the dress form you've chosen. This will give you the numbers you'll need for making your dress form cover and for padding out or trimming the form itself.

3. The Dress Form Cover

3. The Dress Form Cover

When working with a studio or adjustable form, you'll need to make a cover that fits you like a second skin. Judy suggests suitable dress patterns with princess seams and explains how to alter a pattern to make it work as a dress form cover. The foam form usually includes a cover, which you can customize to your own measurements.

Recommended with this class

  • Studio, adjustable or foam dress form
  • 36" - 45" separating zipper
  • High-loft batting