All my girls...and boys are lined up for inspection.
and it is now time to begin our series on
Dress Form Evaluation.
What are they for?
What do they cost?
Is it worth the expense?
These questions and others(if you have them) will be answered in this series.
|U.Y. $215. Superior $350. Fab. Fit $750-2200. U.Y $375.00 Wolf $375.00|
These are my working dress forms.
There is also this...
|flea market find $10-? + time|
Which is used for Display purposes in the fitting room.
And although I do not own one, there is also this...
|My Double Deluxe $ 107.-160.|
Whoops I almost forgot this very popular option which I have made for clients as well.
The Duct tape form
The Duct tape form
|From Threads Magazine $125-250 + time|
What do I use my Dress Forms for:
2. Hemming - A very basic use, but a proper hem one that is intentionally parallel to the floor or not creates a professional look to any garment. Uneven hems highlight large hips, large or flat buttocks, dipping waistlines, and bulging abdomens. Not to mention they just give a sloppy appearance.
3. Draping / pattern making - The quickest way to design and create proper fitting patterns for yourself is done using a dress form that has been modified to fit you. This has been well documented on Project Runway where the designers drape their patterns, sometimes directly in their chosen fabrics.
4. Fitting - Fitting garments on yourself can be frustrating to impossible. A dress Form that has been modified to fit you, resolves this as well. By placing your garment on the form you can pin out unnecessary ease, release seams where strain exists, lengthen, shorten, adjust button placement, collar shape, neckline depths, etc. It will not replace a test fit on you completely, as it you will still need to feel the fit, while sitting and moving, but it will get you closer to the goal with less clothing changes and more accuracy.
5. Display - What can I say about this that you do not already know. If you have vintage garments, family garments, newly accomplished projects it is fun and rewarding to show them off.
As this series progress we will evaluate each type of form to see how well they provide these uses. You may not need your form to do it all, maybe hemming, fitting and display are all that you require. Maybe you want to start an Indie pattern company, or start an alterations, dressmaking business. Maybe you just want to enjoy sewing for yourself. Truly the correct dress form will help you do all of this better:)