I tried the "duct tape yourself" dress form and that didn't work so I found one to buy. Only dress forms don't seem to have a shape that resembles a real woman. I know we all come in different shapes and sizes but the dress form seems limited.
I decided to make my dress form resemble me more. My skills are lacking in this field (as you can see). I tried making a muslin shell with princess lines and yes, it fits me snug but I'm having trouble getting it to fit Dum-Dum. After having trouble stuffing its boobs I finally adjusted the rib cage to equal mine then stuck a bra on it that fits but I don't wear--this I stuffed to equal my measurements (not very professional, huh?). I measured and remeasured and it's the same as me. As I stood back looking very skeptical at its proportions, The Husband came in, said, "Sorry," and took hold of Dum-Dum's boobs and pushed them downward!
"Nooooo," says I. "Say it isn't so!"
The Husband, "That's where they are--it's incredible how much it looks like you now."
So my dress form is a lot less perky now. I can hardly look at it without shaking my head. Do I really look like that? The measurements say I do. And I tried using it but had trouble sticking pins in it without a strange mix of guilt and worry. Should I be putting pins in my twin like this? This whole thing is not turning out how I thought it would.