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help with choosing a dressform

 
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Obi Anne (Johanna Nybelius)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:47 pm    Post subject: help with choosing a dressform Reply with quote

So not a strictly royalty/senatorial problem, but since there are so many talented seamstresses in here I'm pretty sure that you have opinions on dressforms. I'm definitely going to buy one within the coming months, but there are quite a few different ones to choose from. I've come down to three options, and if anyone here can offer any insights I would be very grateful. Are they easy to adjust? Easy to pin into? (of course it's possible that the first two ones are European brands, so not exactly what you can find in the US)

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Singer 151


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm the owner of "Lady Valet" but in black colour. I can say that it satisfy my needs in many aspects. Very convenient for adjusting length of a skirt or a dress (I have one with a metal post and with a tape-line on it). Easy to pin material, easy to adjust the size. The only problem I have is that even at the smallest size it is still a little bit bigger than me.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An have an adjustable form and my biggest complaint is that it doesn't do 'extreme' adjustments. For example, it hates my hourglass figure and doesn't really get my waist. The adjustable forms are however a lot more affordable and you can also pad them to fit your measurements. They also act as a good base for doing duct tape dummies.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got an old 'standard sizes' dressform for free a little while back, and while I'm happy to finally have a dressform it doesn't go small enough for me. Only the hips can go small enough for my size. This means I can't use it for anything that needs to be form fitting, but only for loose fitting pieces.
Someday I'll definitely be looking at getting one that can go into the small sizes, but for now I won't. (There's no way I'll have two standing around in my apartment).
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