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  1. Bertha has a very pretty butterfly necklace and she does look happy and content in pink – instead of the gray ☺.

  2. A definite improvement.. I like the sound of floral print, I'm sure Bertha does too! It's great when an aesthetic improvement is also a functional one too..

  3. Hello!I think Bertha looks lovely in pink! Love the sweet hearts you made for your daughters room too!Rachel x

  4. Thanks all. The pink "skin" is growing on me. It looks so much better than what she came in with that pink is a huge improvement.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! I have been searching the web up and down for a tutorial on how to cover my dress form. Now, I finally have a use for mine (which is too big for me, and I've been unsuccessful in selling). My fabric wasn't quite stretchy enough; however, I made it work by adding a zipper to the back – since I'm only using the dress form in photos that will have the front visible. It looks awesome!

  6. This is awesome. I have been looking for a black jersey cover for my dress forms, and so I thank you for posting this.

  7. Hello! I know this is a pretty old post now, but this tutorial was exactly what I was looking for and I just wanted to let you know that I think it’s GENIUS that you use the serger threads as a channel for the gathering hem. I’m going to have to try that technique! You should be proud that your work is still inspiring people.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      Thank you so much. In case you wanted to know, Bertha is holding up beautifully and the cover looks as beautiful as the first day. 🙂

  8. I’ll definitely make this for my new (used) dress form. Thanks for posting!

  9. Where did you get Bertha?

    1. Lana Mango says:

      Frankly, I can’t remember, but nowadays I would start the search on eBay, they are much cheaper now.

  10. Finally! I can bring my ~Lucy~ down from storage and proudly display and use her more! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea:)

  11. In your post you said that you were bustier then Bertha. I was was wondering how you increased her busthine? I was given a dress form for christmas but it was too small. I love Bertha’s new look

    1. Lana Mango says:

      It’s an adjustable dressform, you can move the breastplates to adjust the size.

    2. Catherine Fish says:

      Put an old full cup bra of yours on her and then stuff the cups- I used old pop socks and tights.worked like a dream! Her name is Lille Libercourt after a sign post I passed in France. She has a friend called Prudence Ecole (sign outside the village primary school there).

      1. Lana Mango says:

        😀 Thanks for the advice, I had figured that already. I love the names of yours.

  12. I have this exact dress form and this tutorial is EXACTLY what I needed! Thank you so much! Also… how did you get it to stay tucked into the neck lining so neatly?

    1. it’s an an adjustable and you can turn the neck dial so it opens up and turn it back close.

  13. Lucinda Harden says:

    Would putting a bra on Bertha and stuffing it to match your shape help? I know since everything on me has gone south I do a lot of adjusting.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      I did that under the cover. 🙂

  14. Thanks for the tute. I got an old dress form from a store that was closing and she’s just sitting here looking ugly. I will have to make her look pretty now and also give her a pretty name. My only question is about the name “Bertha”! I think mine will be “Olivia”.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      I don’t know why, I guess I just liked the name. 🙂

  15. Odília Martins says:


    Finally a easy way to cover a dressform! Thank you so much! Yours look lovely!

  16. That is so cute. I plan to try it.

  17. Yes! I’m needing to spruce up my adjustable dress form a bit so that I can use it to take decent photos of a bridesmaid dress I just made. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

    1. Lana Mango says:

      I am glad you liked it. 🙂

  18. I found an adjustable form at the curb last week so I scooped it into the car. It’s really old and needs freshening. I’m not concerned about the size but it’s disgusting to look at. I plan to use it for selling on ebay & etsy etc. Your tutorial is perfect! I can’t wait for my significant other to go to work tomorrow so I can have at it! He hates it when I take stuff from the curb; I don’t want him to see it until she’s all dolled-up. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lana Mango says:

      I am glad to hear you found the tutorial useful. 🙂

  19. Hi,
    Thank you so much for your brilliant tutorial. I have now managed to make a cover for my mannequin. I used a daisy jersey, so she is now called Daisy.
    Best wishes Dina

  20. Love your diy dress form cover! Thank you for sharing; just what I was looking for. 😉

  21. beginner stitcher says:

    Your article is so helpful! Thanks for the tips and including clear pictures. I especially loved reading the details, like giving Bertha a personality and the head-on-your-shoulders joke. You are an excellent writer and I’m so grateful I found your site for witty and to-the-point instructions. Thank you Lana Mango!

    1. Lana Mango says:

      Thanks so much for the nice words.

  22. Adeline Rozak says:

    Brilliant !! I have been looking at numerous Pinterest sites on how to make a dress form and how to cover it and when I came across your double layer of knit material for the cover it was absolutely perfectly simple. I will be using your suggestion.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      I am glad to hear it was useful.

  23. elisabeth h. says:

    This looks great! Look forward to making the mannequin cover with your instructions 🙂 Thank you!

  24. Looks great and a such a simple process. Did you leave some wiggle room while fitting to dress form to allow for expansion when you adjusted to your size? I have just bought an adjustable dress form and when I expand to my size there are sizeable gaps I would like to cover in the future. This looks to be a good solution.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      It’s best to adjust it before doing the cover, especially if the fabric is not very elastic. In my case the adjustments are minimal (bust, mostly), so the fabric stretches enough to not be a problem. I hope that helps.

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