Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cute Dress Form Cover

My Mom got an adjustable dress form for me while she was working on my wedding dress.  It's cool, because it can be adjusted to exactly my size.  Unfortunately, she's not that attractive when you can see her innards, and she doesn't match my craft room!

There's an easy fix!  Make a slipcover!

I went with a cotton knit for the fabric.  This saves me from having to perfectly fit the cover to the dress form, and also allows the cover to grow or shrink if I do.

I wrapped the fabric around the dress form and threw in some pins where it needed to meet.  I made it narrower at the waist and larger around the hips and bust.  Knit is so forgiving!

I zoomed it together with my sewing machine (and a knit needle), making sure to match up the stripes because I'm into that kind of thing.

Then I put it inside-out on the dummy to check the size.  It needed some tweaking in the butt area, so I added a few pins to mark the new seam.

After that, it was looking pretty darn good!

To make the neckline lay right, I also pinned everything around the shoulders.

After all the sewing was complete, I turned the slipcover right-side-out and wiggled it onto the dress form.  I reattached the neck thingy at the top.

The cover needed hemming, so I gathered the ends together with a needle and thread, nothing special.

I also covered the pin cushion!

Isn't she adorable now?

For about 45 minutes of work and $12 in fabric, this project got some good bang for its buck.

I love that she matches my size and my craft room.  Now I can get to work making things to wear!

A quick note on making a dress form your size.  I know there are knobs that indicate measurements, but if I make all the hip adjusters say 40", she ends up being a perfect cylinder.  My real body happens to be wider side-to-side than back to front (more of an oval if viewed from above), so I simply adjust all the knobs and keep measuring the circumference on the dress form with a measuring tape until she's got my same measurements and dimensions.

Pin it so you don't forget!


  1. way to go girl! She looks very professional! I did mine years ago in matte black, but maybe she's due for a makeover?

  2. I love this! I just got a dress form, but she's navy! yuck! This looks like a great tutorial, I'll have to find some knit and try it out! Thanks!

  3. This is really cool! Thanks for sharing!

    Amanda @ Running In Heels

  4. Great job, just what I was looking for. Ms. Sophia is looking quite miserable with all her innards showing. A nice cover will make her, and me, feel much better. Thx for the instructions!

  5. That is a wonderful project, thank you for sharing!

  6. Thank you for! Ms Tangy is happy with her new makeover thanks to you!

  7. I just received my new dress form this week. I was sooo excited but it doesn't fit in all areas. I don't think it's possible to get one that does unless you are a pencil! I need to make a cover and the add some padding in the bust area. All in all I'm very happy Lucy came to my house because I've sewn for many, many years and know from experience that it is just impossible to fit oneself. Thanks for the information.


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