Hello everyone!

I’ve been thinking of getting a dress form [and dreaming of how much easier my life will be then]. However, whenever I find a promising one, there are always very conflicting reviews for it. Some love it, and some hate it. I’m never really sure if there are just a few bitter customers or if the quality is actually terrible.

So… what kind of dress form do you have and how do you like it?

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    Jun 29, 2011, 05.45 AMby samcam

    Really good question – I’d like to know what people think too!

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    Jun 29, 2011, 07.55 AMby katexxxxxx

    I have five! I know, but… Paid dressmaker and all that. Hm…

    Mine are all made by Adjustaform: http://www.adjustoform.com/

    They make ‘own brand’ ones for several shops as well as selling under their own name. They are light weight and plastic, but fairly sturdy. My oldest one is now almost 30 years old and has undergone repair after an accident: http://katexxxxxx.livejournal.com/22040.html

    I have that one, the child one, the male, and the fuller figure one, and another older one they no longer make.

    You will always get mixed reviews: some folk just don’t get on with them, and a lot of folk forget that they will never be exactly YOUR shape… They are an excellent aide, but never a replacement for a real fitting. One thing you can do (and I do a lot, especially when making period costumes) is to dial it up to slightly smaller than your actual size and then pad it up to resemble the desired figure more closely.

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    Jun 29, 2011, 11.50 AMby lizziemonster

    This is the type of form I have also, I am very new to sewing and have found it to be fantastic, as it allows me to think and play with pattern pieces in 3D if that makes sense. Also it makes things like hemming and sewing in linings so much faster

    I agree with padding out the form. Mine is permanently dressed in a bra which I stuff to make the bust more life like than just dialling it out to size

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    Jun 29, 2011, 12.59 PMby lie

    I own the ‘lady vallet’, also on adjustoform.com. I agree with Kate. You can’t expect a dressform to replace a real fitting. And mine, as well, is always dressed with a stuffed bra. I am actually very pleased with this dressform! It’s light, easily adjustable (also in length) and even looks good standing in my livingroom:-)

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    Jun 30, 2011, 04.00 AMby junaluska

    Thanks for the help so far!

    One of the issues I’ve heard about is difficulty adjusting both the bust and waist. Some people have said that the waist automatically widens if the bust does. Does anyone have experience with this?

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      Jun 30, 2011, 11.27 AMby katexxxxxx

      The 8 part ones are independently adjustable at bust, waist and hip, and you can also lengthen the torso.

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    Jun 30, 2011, 01.15 PMby sewingfan1

    Mine’s an eight part one too and is really useful. I like the suggestion of putting a bra on it for fitting purposes – so simple but would have never have thought of it!

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    Jul 2, 2011, 07.30 PMby mskelly

    Err you could always be a cheap skate like me and make your own dress form based on your own body double I posted the technique how to make one here on this link below. That’s if you can be bothered I had a week off work and done it in a few hours. As I also thought of buying a new one but could not get one with the right measurements exact for me.

    http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/mskelly/my_studio/techniques

    I got this from You-tube and it worked for me you really do need a sense of humor though as you’re wrapped up in duck tape like a mummy LOL

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    Jul 6, 2011, 08.43 AMby paramitamazumder

    At my home i have. one dress form of US size 8. I s the same type. of dress form used my fashion students. Earlier i had Uk standard size 12 dress form.

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    Jul 13, 2011, 04.59 PMby TabithaFoxx

    i love mine. Hubby bought it for me for my birthday. He got it off of Ebay for $79 and it has server me very well. Im considering my second one. :) Theres a tequnique that involves duct tape that works to. Not wanting to purchase a male form im still in the process of convincing hubby to stand still while i wrap him in duct tape hehe.

    http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/dress-form (this might be the teqnique ms kelly was talking about though )

    Also, if you go on ebay ( dont mean to be plugging ebay so much ) but they have display models – mannaquins that is. for about t 15-30 dollars and pad it to your own specifications. My mother did this nd it turned out wonderful.

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