Do you know about these dress forms? They are basically a woman shaped block of foam that a cover fits over. The foam comes in several sizes and the covers come in even more sizes. The idea is you have someone fit the cover on you and then put it on the form. It works pretty well actually and they are not too expensive, in the $150 - $175 range. AND they are great if you are making something with a lot of boning or something to be worn over a corset. You just put the corset on the form and then the garment over that.
Below is the size range they come in. And below that is a video showing one person's experience with a Uniquely You form.
And on a hopeful note, I cleared enough away so my twice monthly cleaning crew can get in and CLEAN! I haven't allowed them in for months. I'm washing the rugs right now.
And you know, I am asthmatic. You would think I'd do this more often. But, it is so hard to find a day between projects.