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« on: May 31, 2006 01:15:32 PM »

I recently bought a Dritz dress form an Jo-Ann's during this sale they were having. I'm not super happy with it. I can't get it to really match my measurements and it just feels kinda flimsy. Does anyone know of a place that carries a larger selection around here? I called Fabric Place in Woburn but they said they have a very limited selection.

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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2006 05:30:15 AM »

Hmm.. what about all the fabric stores in chinatown?  Have you tried them?  I'm going fabric shopping, much to my wallet's dismay, in chinatown next week, I'll let you know if I see anything.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006 05:19:56 PM »

fabric place in framingham is very big... you could try there.
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2006 12:42:24 PM »

I hate to say it...but you are out of luck...I manage the viking sewing machine department in the attleboro, ma Joanns...and all the "home" dress forms are...how shall i put it... crap. Your best bet is to search for a professional mdress form on ebay...like a vintage wolf or royal form....the only thing with those is that they aren't adjustable AT ALL.....but if you are working for yourself or a client you can make a tight fitting mock up of them in muslin and pad the form out to work.  hope that helps.... Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2006 01:00:33 PM »

oops.. I was supposed to reply to this after shopping in chinatown.. but it doesn't matter anyway because I didn't see any.  Did you try ebay?  There's a LOT,,,  http://search.ebay.com/dress-form

And I don't know if you are trying to avoid shipping fees, but if you do an advanced search you can narrow the sellers down to "within 50 mi. of area code"  and then pick up the form yourself.  I just did that and there are 3 on ebay within 50 mi of boston!  Good luck..
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2006 09:15:13 AM »

Hi Leah,

I ended up selling my Dritz dress form, too, as it was crap.  I ended up getting a vintage one on eBay for about $50 (including shipping) that I am much, much happier with. 

I often see them at yard sales and flea markets as well.  I think I saw one at the Hollis, NH flea market a few weeks ago.

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