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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you will find the information you’re looking for here but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions or if you need assistance choosing your perfect dress form.

What are the dress forms made of? What is polyurethane?

All of our torsos are made of polyurethane. Polyurethane is a polymer composed of organic units joined by carbamate links. It is a common material that is used in a multitude of different products such as mattresses, couches, insulation, liquid coatings and paints, roller blades wheels, and soft toys.

It is an extremely durable material that is also completely safe (used in mattresses and toys, remember?). Polyurethane dress forms are great because they allow for steaming and ironing garments right on them, and also the pins can go in at any depth and any angle.

Polyurethane dress forms are great because they allow garments to be steamed or ironed on the dress form, and because they allow pins to be inserted to any depth and at any angle. 

Using a polyurethane dress form is an entirely different experience, and it opens up so many possibilities for anyone creating fashion.

How do I choose the right size?

Detailed measurements for our dress forms can be found here and in every item’s description in the shop section.

Start by comparing your basic measurements (bust, waist, hips) to the corresponding numbers in the size table. If you fall between sizes, we recommend choosing a smaller size because it’s relatively easy to build up parts of the dress form (by adding padding) to make it correspond to your personal measurements – you can find our recommendations on how to do it here.

Also, think about the style/type of garments you create most. For certain kinds of clothes, particular parameters might be crucial. For example, if you make corsets or lingerie, the underbust measurement will play an important role.

In general, if the garments are tight-fitting and made from non-elastic materials, more parameters become crucial.

If you’re still unsure which size of dress form will suit your needs best, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What are the differences between all of the One Forms models (Sophia, Nina, Anastasia, Vera, and Nika)?

We have 2 main different models of dress form – one with the shape of the upper legs carved into the bottom of the dress form, and a more classic dress form without this. Each model then comes in 2 different finishes – either a cotton cover with construction lines on it or an elastic knit fabric with no construction lines. We also sell a ½ size dress form which is a miniature version of the more classic dress form model. 

Sophia and Nina are more universal thanks to the upper leg structure built into the dress form. It is possible to create trousers, shorts, jumpsuits, bodysuits, lingerie, and swimwear, as well as any other type of garments. Sophia is finished with the cotton cover, whereas Nina is finished with the elastic knit fabric cover.

Anastasia and Vera were designed as a classic tailor’s torso without any leg structure in the dress form. These dress forms are best suited to working with skirts and dresses because there are no legs. The bottom part is purposefully elongated so that it is incredibly easy to drape a skirt. Anastasia is finished with the cotton cover, whereas Vera is finished with the elastic knit fabric cover.

Nika is a half-scale dress form. It is the same shape as our Anastasia/Vera torsos but exactly ½ the size. Half-scale dress forms are useful for minimising your time spent designing and pattern-making. They allow you to significantly reduce your draft fabric usage. Also, small dress forms look adorable and are often used to decorate ateliers, sewing studios, stores, etc.

WILL I HAVE TO PAY CUSTOMS OR IMPORT CHARGES?

Extra charges, like import tax, are very country-specific and may or may not apply depending on your local legislation, order value, etc. Import/customs charges are never included in the price. Please consult your local post office or DHL office (since we also ship with DHL Express) for details about extra charges.

Please, refer to our Terms and Conditions page for more information.

HOW DO I PAD MY DRESS FORM? DO YOU SELL PADS OR PADDING?

We do not currently sell pads or padding because we believe that simply using polyester batting, such as synthepone, provides precise results. Synthepone is cheap and readily available.

Here you can find our recommendations on how to use polyester batting to pad any dress form.

ARE THE SHOULDERS COLLAPSIBLE?

Our dress forms are made entirely of soft foam and don’t have any special mechanisms inside to collapse the shoulders mechanically. However, you can put pressure on both shoulders and squeeze them to put a fitted garment on the dress form.

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