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« on: December 06, 2010 01:22:33 PM »

So I've been sewing for a little bit now and I'm just finding myself needing a dress form more and more these days and as I got to looking I can't help but notice that they all seem to be too big. I have a smaller frame and I'm trying to find a dress form that will actually go down to the measurements I am.

I know I can make my own dress form but I was hoping to get one that was adjustable seeing as I often do projects for friends as well. Does anyone have the same problem or know of a good form that fits my measurements?

Bust: 32
Waist: 24
Hips: 34

Everything I find is bust 33 waist 26 at it's smallest!  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010 01:08:39 PM »

The Prym Dritz Twin-Fit dress form goes that small in the petite size, but I have to warn you that it does not accurately mimic the human body. You will have trouble pinning into it unless you pad it out. Also the shoulders can be awkward to get stuff on and off since they don't collapse.

The patterns straight from the major pattern companies will fit the Dritz form perfectly even though they don't fit your body well and you have the form adjusted to your size. The form is also a b cup and the bust isn't a natural shape, in fact the bust appears to defy gravity with how it is shaped. I had to dial it all the way down and pad it out to my measurements. I had to square out the shoulders and lift the bust because that is how I'm shaped.

If I had to choose again, I'd probably get the Uniquely You in the petite size. I have also owned a PGM Pro dress form that I sold because I never used it. It was pinnable, the shoulders collapsed, and the bust had a natural shape to it. It also had a butt, which made me very excited since the Twin fit stopped at the hip and had weird holes where the dials were.

I'm pretty sure I was your size when I got the Twin Fit, but now I'm a 32-25-36
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2010 02:01:41 PM »

I also recommend getting a Uniquely You because you can make padded covers to fit over it that emulate the proportions of the people you are sewing for. 

My own reservation with the Uniquely You is that it is somewhat difficult to fit initially - you need a helper and you need to pin the cover to fit you absolutely skin-tight or the form will be too large.

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