Bootstraps Fashion DIY Dress Form


I recently finished making the Bootstraps Fashion DIY custom fit dress form and want to do a review on it.  I want to do a review on it since the idea of making this dress form has been on my mind for a long time. There are loads of blog posts and Youtube videos online showing you how to make this dress form so I decided to talk about my experience instead.

Let’s start from the beginning…

In the past I have personally purchased Bootstrap Fashion patterns. Bootstrap Fashion Patterns are custom, made to measure patterns. That means you enter your measurements and you get a pattern (in the style you chose) made to your measurements. I had really good results with them so I was alway keen on using them in the future.

I saw they had dress forms patterns as well. You make your own dress form. A great affordable option. The one that I was eyeing on was the DIY CUSTOM FIT dress form. That means you enter your measurements, you get a PDF pattern to make this dress form it should look similar to your body based on the measurements given.  That sounded like a great idea!

Fast forward some time. I completed a semester of draping in school and saw how useful a dress form that matches my body would be. Not only for draping but for fitting! So I reached out to Bootstraps Fashion to see if they would like to collaborate with me and they agreed.

Why I chose this DIY Custom Fit Dress form pattern?

  1. It’s a dress form pattern that is customized based on your measurements. So it will look similar to your body.
  2. It’s adjustable. Meaning this is a pattern and if I need to make any tweaks I could do so myself.
  3. It’s an affordable option. The dress form pattern is $24 and the arm is $10. Additional cost are for the supplies needed to make the dress form.
  4. There were lots of good reviews online.


How does it work?

  1. You enter your measurements they ask for. I suggest you do both fields of measurements.  This will increase your chances of getting a accurate representation of your body.  Also I encourage you to check mark the seam allowance box. They give you a 3/8″ seam allowance and my thoughts are, the less work I have to do the better.

dressform measurements

2. Check out and your pattern will be sent to you in PDF form.

3. Gather up all the supplies needed that are listed. The software calculates for you how long your pipe and stand should be based on your height.

*Tip : Watch YouTube videos on making this dress form. So much information out there.


How would I rate the ease of sewing on this?

This pattern is such an easy sew. Nothing complicated about the sewing aspect of it. Kinda reminds me of how easy sewing a princess cut dress is. Very similar.

Preparation though… took some time. Shopping for the supplies took me a few days because initially I was trying to find the best deals but ended up just shopping at two stores for convenience.

It tells you in the pattern to block fuse the fabric. You SHOULD do this. This will help save time. And DO NOT skip the interfacing part. As much as I dislike interfacing, I won’t skip it because I know it does make a difference. Plus, over time the fabric will stretch out if it is not interfaced. JUST DON’T SKIP THIS STEP.

The hardest part I would say of this project was the stuffing of the dress form. What I mean by that is that majority of accomplishing the look of the form is how you stuff it. You are trying not to have it look lumpy and make certain areas of the form show the same protuberance as you have. This took some time constantly checking and looking at my body.


My thoughts on if it looks like my body?

I have to say its really close! It’s not a scan of my body but really close! I think a lot of it is determined by how you stuff it and the protuberance selected.



I was searching all over the internet on the reviews on this dress form. There were some that said that they thought over all the dress form was great but found that there were parts of the body that didn’t quite matched. For example maybe someone might have a some protuberance lower or higher than what was given.  I did read a review that made a good point.

This review said to make a muslin first and try it on. See if there is anything majorily off. They said they had the bust level off on their form so they contacted the company and the company adjusted it for them. I thought that was such a great thing to do. So even though I didn’t muslin (because I read that review after I had sewn it) I decided to try it on.

Keep in mind that this pattern will have negative ease. So you won’t be able to close it trying it on.  The reason why is when you stuff it, it will expand. I thought everything looked proportioned to my body and continued on.

The Cost

So I have to say the determining factor of this project was the affordability.  I can’t afford a scanned dress form. Plus I thought if my body changes I can easily afford another DIY dress form and do it again. So I tracked my cost. Some of the supplies I already had on hand so those will be noted that I didn’t spend money on.

1. Pattern of the dress form: No charge per collaboration, in exchange for review ($24 for                pattern)

2. Fabric: Upholstery Fabric: 1.5 yds  $27

3. Fusible woven interfacing: 3 yds $9

4. Cardboard : Nothing found it at home

5. Sponge: Used upholstery foam $15 (too much in package only used 1/4 of it)

6. Zipper: 2 small zippers had it already on hand

7. Glue: I used hot glue which I already had on hand

8. Rack Stand: I used my old dress form stand (some run around $40-50?)

9. PVC pipe: $7

10. Stuffing: $15 It was recommended to get a 5lb bag. I only used half of it for my size.

My Total out of pocket cost:  $73


Cool things I noticed about this pattern:

  1. You have an option to mark out on your dress form the major fit points with stitching. Pattern will indicate with lines where that is.


2. It has an inner core support to help with stability and structure.




Any Negative Experience?

NO, this was a really good experience with no hiccups. The instructions and picture are clear. The only thing I would say is that I had to sew it up myself HAHAHA! If I had the luxury of hiring someone I probably would. I think this looks really close and will be so helpful in my sewing so I would recommend it.

Questions I have:

Someone brought this subject up to me. Will the poly filling condense over time?

I have no idea and I have not seen a review on this subject. If anyone has had their form for a period of time can they leave a comment please!

Thank you all for following along on my dress form journey!


I used a wooden clapper to help with pressing those thick seams.
Transfers Fit Points with transfer paper.
This is the marks I followed with stitching
You MUST clip all curves

*disclaimer: The pattern was given to me as a gift in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and I was not told what to say or obligated in any way. All other supplies were purchased by me for this project. No links are affiliate links.







One thought on “Bootstraps Fashion DIY Dress Form

  1. Great post Michele! This dress form looks amazing and just like you!! It’s definitely something I need to add to my list to try! Thanks for sharing!!


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