Sew You Dress Form, Size Small, allows you to personalize the form to match your body measurements. Simply measure your body and mark the adjustment wheel tapes to make the form Sew You! To use the form for a friend, simply write their body measurements on the wheel tapes in a different color of...
I have an extreme hourglass figure, so I make a lot of my own clothing since I have trouble finding manufactured clothes that fit properly. I have needed a dress form to test out muslins on, and given my unique measurements (42/29/40), an adjustable dress form seem to be the best bet. This one was good, but still needs considerable adjustments if you are busty like me. My overall bust measurement is 42 inches, but my underbust 34 inches. I wear a 34G bra. The dress form is a B cup at best.As a result, you cannot increase the bust size on this form without also increasing the underbust size. My advice, if you have weird measurements like mine with a large chest, is to adjust the bust on this form so that it equals your underbust measurement, and then pad out the breasts to get to your overall busy measurement. On mine, I put one of my older bras and stuffed it with pairs of pantyhose until I achieved the breast size I needed. This way, I have a more accurate bust on my form than the standard measurements. I have attached photos showing the unpadded form, and the form post-padding.Other than that, I like this form. It allows you to also adjust the torso length, which is not really an issue for me (I'm very short) but I know is concerning with other women who have issues getting waistlines on dresses to fit at their natural waist rather than inadvertently becoming an empire waist. I have small shoulders, and this form does not have adjustments for that, but that is not a deal breaker. As others have said, some of the dials may be hard to turn, but after a couple of turns, the rest of it went smoothly. It is a little bit flimsy, so you will probably want to avoid using heavy fabrics with it, but if you are using cottons or other standard dress fabrics, you should be fine. I think this is a good staple for any other gals who enjoy making their own clothing. You may still need to do some adjustments to get your exact body shape, but that is to be expected with any dress form. Good value!
For anyone looking for exact measurements for the small sized dress form, they are as follows:Bust: 33" to 40"Waist: 26" to 33"Hips: 36" to 42"Back Waist Length: 15" to 17"Neck: 14" to 17"I'm providing this information because I'd googled around for it for nearly half an hour and couldn't find anything, then I called Amazon.com customer service to see if they could find this information for me, and they couldn't, in fact the first representative actually disconnected the call, but the second representative that I spoke with, Natalie, convinced me to go through with the purchase, she even upgraded my shipping to next day, and called me after it was delivered to follow up to make sure that it was what I wanted. Measurements are a crucial component when deciding what dress form to buy, and being new at sewing in general, I'd researched for months on which one to get, and the price on this seemed too good to be true, but believe me when I say that it is true!!!I'm 5 feet 9 inches tall, and it easily adjusted to my height. The adjusting wheels so far move very smoothly, and I'm absolutely thrilled with this purchase. The base is nice and sturdy, and it seems solidly built.So, if you're new to sewing or just don't want to invest tons of money on an adjustable dress form, I'd recommend this product.
I'm a professional seamstress, so I needed something very very adjustable that spins and pins. I used to work in a shop that had a Matilda from the turn of the century. She was a size 12, her height was adjustable but not her size, and you could pin to your heart's content and never worry that you would break her. Admittedly that Matilda had ugly fabric on her, but we used to have fun dressing her up with new slip covers. Ever since I left the shop I have been dreaming about buying a Matilda (or something similar), but they are very expensive and I just can't wait any longer. So I shopped around quite a bit and decided on this one. It's very nearly perfect. She spins, (I would argue that she does not pin), she's lightweight (Matilda was NOT), she's a lovey shade of emerald, and her feet do not scratch my wood floors.Pros:Very adjustable, cranked in she's roughly a size 2-4, cranked out she's close to an 18. Her height is also adjustable. Yesterday I dropped her all the way down, and beaded the bodice on a wedding gown while sitting comfortably in a chair. Then I cranked her all the way up and trimmed a tulle hem while sitting in the same chair.Lightweight, I can easily pick her up and set her on the table so I can work on a complicated hem without having to sit or lay on the floor, which is awesome because I have bad knees and do not get up off the floor quickly or gracefully.She was very affordable, enough so that I'm thinking about buying a large model too. The other ones I've been looking at would have cost me $400 each and I would have needed one in each size to cover my client base. Where would I put all that and how would I PAY for it?Expanding neck, which Matilda did not have at all.She spins and spins easily (which is critical for me as I can run hems through the sewing machine while the weight of the dress is held up and not falling off the sewing table).Cons:She's mostly plastic, which might not hold up long term especially with my workload (yesterday she had 3 different wedding gowns on her, today will be worse). I get that the torso has to be plastic, but I wish the feet and adjustment gears were metal.The skirt marker isn't long enough for wedding gowns and/or full skirts.She's rather flat chested (although I suppose it's easier to add than subtract).She's really isn't pin-able. I'm going to make a couple of padded sleeves to pull down over her, so the gaping holes don't offend my (larger than a size 2) brides and I can pin fabric to her. But how hard would it be to add some padding in the manufacturing process and charge me an extra $10-20 for that? Not too hard I bet.She has dials all over, I think she would be vastly improved if she had fewer dials that operated multiple openings with a readable dimension on the dial. So if I has a customer that measured 38, 25, 39, I could adjust one dial for each dimension and be done.I also wish that there was a way to adjust the height to a specific measurement. I can adjust the height yes, but I can't adjust it to exactly 5'-2". I have to guess at it, then measure and adjust, over and over until it's just so.I wish she had wheels, because I move her around all the time, and I have to be careful not to drag her because the torso pulls off the pole rather easily. I'm thinking about buying a scooter and fixing her base to it. But again, how hard would it be to add the wheels to the manufacturing process? Not too hard I bet.
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