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« on: February 02, 2008 09:18:48 AM »

I've just started using my sewing machine for more than repairs and throw-together costumes! Yay!
However, since I can't follow a pattern to save my life, I find that I'm limited in what I can make without having a dressform to drape it.
Do you use a dressform? What does it look like? What do you like or dislike about it? If you have a relatively new one, what brand is it? What do you suggest?
I need one that will handle plus sizing, as well. *sigh*
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008 10:50:42 AM »

The thing about patterns is that they teach you how things are put together, in what order.
I have a dress form, but to learn to drape things on it, I really had to look up a lot of info on patternmaking. I've learned it is often better not to reinvent the wheel if you don't have to. When I looked up info on patternmaking I also found a lot about flat pattern making where you start out with a basic block and change things around. I actually have an easier time tracing well fitting clothing than trying to drape on my dressform, but you might have a knack for it.
I have a dritz twin fit. They come in different basic sizes, then have dials that go through a small range of measurements. Like the bust of mine goes from 30-36.
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008 01:31:23 PM »

I have a Dritz My Twin as well.  I like it and it works well for me (I'm the only one that I use it for so I never have to worry about changing the dials).  There are several other brands that are very similar to Dritz's form - with a series of dials that change the size range some.  If you're looking for more size ranges, you may need more than one form and\or want to invest in a much more expensive model.  Uniquely You dress forms will probably be your best bet - they are 'standard' forms that have a covering you pad up to match the measurements you're working with.  They're probably going to give you the most accurate shape without doing a body mold or duct tape dummy style form.

« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008 07:06:52 PM »

Look up Uniquely You, they are wonderful.  Especially if you are wanting to drape and make your own patterns, they are great to push pins into since they are soft (unlike most adjustable forms).  I have nothing but good things to say about them, I LOOOVE it.

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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 02:27:18 AM »

another vote for Uniquely You. I'm not plus sized but I really like how mine turned out. You try on the "dress" and precisely following the instructions, take in, let out, adjust seams until it's so tight you can't move and then stuff the foam into it and zip it up. It comes with a stand, you can pin it, you can take the cover off and change the size any time you want.

oh, and the boobs on the foam form look like torpedoes hehe.

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2008 05:02:32 PM »

 Grin  Hi,
I should be getting my 'Uniquely You' dress form either tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm so excited, I can hardly wait! I was lucky enough to get mine on sale from ATS. It was the same price, on sale, as the Dritz and Singer brands. I'm soooo excited!!!

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 05:44:14 PM »

Enjoy!!  And get someone to help you with the fitting, I tried to do mine myself and I was bleeding all over the place from sticking myself with pins, lol

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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008 10:32:09 PM »

Enjoy!!  And get someone to help you with the fitting, I tried to do mine myself and I was bleeding all over the place from sticking myself with pins, lol

I know what you mean, I have little marks on my left hip from push pins:P , I used to have a singer 150, but the Uniquely You dressform is much easier to use, and push pins into!


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