Since I got into serious corset making, I was searching for a dress form to present my corsets. A dress from does not only show off your corsets beautifully, it’s also very helpful during the construction process, for example when deciding on lace placement. Yet I found no dressform on the market that suited my needs, so I decided to make my own. I’m rather obsessed with corset pattern making, so I loved to challenge myself with something as complicated as a dress form pattern. And here is the final result! The dress form “Mannique” is inspired by victorian corset dress forms, but the cups give her a more modern look and better fit on modern corsets. Her name is composed of mannequin and unique, cause Mannique is a truly unique dress form! She’s made from upholstery fabric, filled with polyester pillow stuffing and a plastic tube that works as a spine.
The Mannique dress form pattern
The Mannique dress form pattern is a free pattern from Timelace Studio to enable you to make your own corset dress form.
The pattern comes without seam allowance. Important lines like bustline, waistline and hipline are drawn into the pattern, so it can be scaled to a different size. Since the dress form is very compressible, it should be bigger than the corset, in which it shall fit in.
|Upper Hip||97 cm|
|Lower Hip||114 cm|
|Waist to bust||16 cm|
|Waist to underbust||9 cm|
|Waist to upper hip||11 cm|
|Waist to lower hip||24,5 cm|
The numbers and letters in the pictures of the finished dress form are the same as in the pattern, to help you understand how the parts belong together.
In the following section I’ll tell you, how to make your own Mannique!
- The Mannique dress form pattern: download here!
- Here’s a short video how to print sewing patterns on your home printer!
- about 1,5 m x 1,5 m heavy upholstery fabric or other stiff and durable fabric (faux leather, coutil, …)
- A plastic tube:
- diameter: 10 cm to 15 cm, length: 70 cm
- pillow filling: about hundred liters or 2 kg
- using real pillow filling instead of old fabric scraps will give much better results!
You should be able to buy the plastic tube in your local building store. The plastic tube is an important feature of the dress form, cause it keeps it upright!
This project will only use two different seam techniques:
Seam technique 1: Topstitched
Place the correct side of two pieces of fabric together, match the edges, and stitch a straight seam along the seam allowance. Press the seam allowance open. Topstitch on both sides about 1 mm away from the seam.
Seam technique 2: Plain
This seam is constructed in the same way as the topstitched seam, just without the topstitching. 😉
- Draw the seam allowance around each panel (suggested is 1 cm)
- Cut once: panel 1, 10, 11 and 12
- Cut twice: all other panels
- Body: Join the parts 1, 2 and 3 and also join the parts 4, 5 and 6. Use seam technique 1. Leave the sides seams (between the parts 3 and 4) and the back seam (between part 6 and 6) open.
- Cups: Stitch the darts on the parts 7 and 8 (seam technique 2), then join these parts(seam technique 1). Join the two cups at the front seam (between part 7 and 7). (Seam technique 1)
- Stitch the cups to the front body (from g over h to g) using seam technique 1.
- Now close the side seam (between the parts 3 and 4) and the shoulder seams (from f to e) using seam technique 1.
- Neck: Stitch part 10 to the neckline. (from c to e to d to e to c) Use seam technique 1 but topstitch only on the upper side of the seam (in part 10).
- Now close the back seam (from b to n) using seam technique 1. Great! You’re almost finished!
- Closing the form: Close the neck with part 12 (from m to n to m), the armhole with part 9 (from g to i to k to g) and the bottom with part 11 (from a to b to a). Use seam technique 2. These seams are a bit difficult to sew, so handbaste them before stitching!
- Turn the dress form to the correct side through the hole in the bottom.
- Filling the form: Put some filling into the neck so that it’s almost full, then place the plastic tube inside the form. Stuff as much filling into the form as you can. The plastic tube should go straight down from the neck to the bottom, so it can function as a stand.
- When you think your form will explode if you put any more filling into it, you’re ready to close the hole on the bottom by hand sewing a piece of fabric onto it.
And that’s it! You’re finished! Congratulations!
If you make a dress form from this pattern, I’d love to see your pictures! Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add them to this post!
What do you think about this pattern? Please share your thoughts in the comments!