Setting up a Dress Form
An invaluable tool for any dressmaker or Tailor - male or female - is a mannequin which is as close to your own body measurements as possible.
It makes fitting easier, and it gives you the opportunity to try different techniques such as draping. The cost, depending on which model you purchase equates to a basic sewing machine, so they are not very expensive.
But there are others including for men and for fitting trousers
Dress Forms from Jaycotts.co.uk