It took a while to find the right dress form for me, but I ended up getting a Fabulous Fit, because of how customizable it is. The form itself comes very tiny, with a bunch of foam pads to fill it out to look like a real human. A stretchy cover goes over it all to keep the pads in place and make it smooth. My cover came with full-length legs, but I cut them off and finished the leg holes with fold-over elastic.
It was a serious exercise in humility to see my form take shape with all the measurements and adjustments of the pads. I used all the "regular" pads provided to add girth, except the bust pads. Ha! Even after setting it to my exact measurements and trying on clothes, my form still looks odd to me. You'd think I'd recognize my own shape by now, but it has unnaturally long torso because I shifted all the hip and butt pads up a bit to account for my petite-ness. Perhaps that's why it looks strange me. Here's the back view:
local fabric store, buying more silk "muslin" fabric today, I found this incredible 100% silk plaid suiting fabric. Gorgeous and only $14.99/yard! I have a fitted dress for teaching in mind for this...just need to get it done before the seasons change!