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From: SharonZ
Date: 07-04-2007, 04:31 PM (1 of 7)
Hi everyone,
I'm hoping someone can help me. I just got my Uniquely You dress form. The cover for it fits me skin tight, to the point I can hardly breathe. Is it supposed to be this tight? Yet, when I put it on the form, and take measurements they are larger than mine between 3/4" - 7/8". The directions that came with it are confusing, at least to me. They tell you to split the seam and re-pin it, I need to make it tighter than it already is. How did you fit the cover? Any advice would be appreciated?
User: SharonZ
Member since: 05-22-2007
Total posts: 5
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-05-2007, 12:30 PM (2 of 7)
To be a dress form, it would have to be larger than your skin, in order to cover your skin.. I don't understand your question?? sorry...
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: KatieN
Date: 07-05-2007, 02:05 PM (3 of 7)
I also have a Uniquely You dress form, and had the same problem. It happens because the foam base puts so much stress on the cover that it causes the seams to stretch out a little. The trick is to make the cover slightly smaller than your measurements. What I would suggest is to just take in the side seams just a little bit and try it on the form again. Then take the measurments of the form and see if it is more accurate.

Another thing I found to be helpful was to mark my waistline on the cover (while you have it on, tie some narrow elastic around your waist, and draw along the top and bottom edges of the elastic with a pen). After it was marked, I stitched twill tape along that line. This will serve to clearly mark the waistline on the form, as well as keep it from stretching out too much while on the form.

I hope that helps!

User: KatieN
Member since: 04-18-2007
Total posts: 2
From: SharonZ
Date: 07-05-2007, 03:49 PM (4 of 7)
Thank you for the information. I appreciate it. The directions were confusing at first. The cover is very tight, the darts fell into place and it threw me that the form's measurements were still a little larger.

The instructions that came with the form really didn't make sense to me at first. After reading it a few dozen times it clicked.
User: SharonZ
Member since: 05-22-2007
Total posts: 5
From: NoBody'sPerfect
Date: 07-06-2007, 10:24 PM (5 of 7)
I have a Uniquely You...unfortunately when I purchased it, I got the wrong size (too large). I didn't used it for many months and then I lost 25 pounds. (5 ' tall-size 12-14 Petite in RTW) But there was NO WAYthe cover would zip even after I altered it to my measurements Plus, with my mature figure the "boobs" were too high and perky. I recently decided I had nothing to lose so I trimmed the form down with my electric knife a little at a time. Lowered the bust area and trimmed off the upper back. Made a new cover out of sturdy cotton twill and now have something that is a lot closer to ME that I can work with :bg:
User: NoBody'sPerfect
Member since: 06-01-2007
Total posts: 6
From: Tea4Me
Date: 07-23-2007, 03:01 PM (6 of 7)
I also have a Uniquely You dress form. I thought the "cover" would be made in my measurements. It took a bit for me to figure out I had to rip out the side seams and pin it to my figure, and THEN re-sew it so it actually fitted ME. :bang: I also had to rip out and resew the shoulder seams, because I'm 6'2", and I had to adjust it according, or the boobs would definitely be off!!! :bg: I didn't think of marking my waistline on it. That's a great idea! Will do that on mine as soon as I get a second to get back in the sewing room!

Cheers, all!

User: Tea4Me
Member since: 05-20-2003
Total posts: 21
From: Jouf
Date: 07-23-2007, 08:45 PM (7 of 7)
I looked at the Uniquely You online and really think that's great! So if I were to get one (one of these days), I should order one that's maybe just a bit tight (like 1/2" smaller than me)?
User: Jouf
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 25
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