I've had a few failed attempts now at garment making, so I've decided to invest in a dress form; hopefully this will help with the fitting and look of my garments. After researching, and seeing the prices!, I decided to make my own form which would be true to my actual shape, and a lot cheaper! Threads website had instructions, and my husband helpfully, but begrudgingly, wrapped me up in duct tape. I've filled the inside with stuffing and put the form onto a hat stand bought from Ikea. It's not the neatest thing (next one would be a lot better I think), but hopefully it will do the job.