Happy New Year everyone!
This morning the Fedex truck rolled up to my house with a present from my husband: a new dress form! I had been telling him that I was looking for a proper dress form. What I’ve been using for a while, bought years ago when I didn’t know any better, was advertised as a “dress form,” but was really a plastic mannequin with a lightly padded cover. I had to slide pins in sideways, and it did not squish like a real body. The boobs were very hard, and in an odd place. The mannequin was useful for hemming, and as a starting point for mock-ups, but I had to do a lot of fitting on myself.
Since I’ve gotten more serious about historical costuming and having underpinnings, I wanted a dress form that I could pad up, then squish down with a corset, or even maybe put bean bag boobs on. To accomplish that I needed to find a very small mannequin – smaller than me. I had looked at child-sized ones because they were flat-chested, but they were too short. I told my husband that it can be hard to find a size 0 adult dress form, but I was considering one I found on Amazon. Isn’t it nice when husbands listen, even when they’re saying they don’t know what you’re talking about?
Here she is! She’s fully-pinnable, with magnetic removable shoulders and a very heavy wheeled base. My old one was on a wooden tripod and not too stable.
She’s got a butt, instead of a mysterious smooth cliff.
I like that there are visible seams in the linen cover, which will help me keep things straight.
She’s quite an improvement over what I had before and I’m glad I get to start the new year with a nice new dress form!
Huzzah and awesome gift from the husband!! Your new dress form looks great! I can’t wait to see more of your fabulous creations that you will make with the aid of this new gift!
Thank you Gina and happy new year! I’ve definitely got some projects planned!