Can you tell me anything about this dress form?

by Shanna

in Vintage Sewing

My husband picked this up for me at a garage sell for $20. I’ve never seen a base like this or one thats only a torso. Is this a vintage form? Can anyone give me any kind of info on it?

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Claire (aka Seemane) December 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I believe that it is a “bust-form” used for displaying clothes in a shop :-)

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Shanna December 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

so i can’t even use it for sewing?

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Debi December 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival uses a very similar model to display costumes. If you have the exact same measurements as the dummy, you could use it as a dress form, I guess.

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Shanna December 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Well thats a waste of $20 then I guess lol

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Evie December 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I have one that I got for cheap that is close enough to my size to use as a dress form. You should even be able to pad it a bit if need be.

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Shanna December 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Wow I just found my measuring tape. Its actually almost exact to my measurments HA! thanks guys

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A.J.A. December 1, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I have an adjustable dress form, and I still had to pad it to make it match my contours. You can do the same with this one if it measures smaller than you. Just add quilt batting in layers in the places where it needs more curves and such, and then cover it with a slip. Even if it didn’t match your measurements, you could still use it to set in sleeves or to test your design inspiration. Just tonight I tried out a combo of a black faille bodice and plaid taffeta skirt on mine just by draping and pinning. I rarely fit on mine, but I still get a lot of use out of it!

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Ange December 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm

What a thoughtful husband!

I have a dress form which is smaller than me, but close, I have padded it out when I’ve needed to, I find it GREAT for hemming, pinning and getting the right fit for facings etc. All those things that you need to do on a person, or are easier on a person :)

Also, for more fitted outfits, being smaller means I probably couldn’t a dress fit over a real size form – no wriggling to get into it.

A slightly smaller form is still far better then no dress form!

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Tanya Maile December 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

What a great deal for that form! The base is exactly like my Tiffany floor lamp btw…. so perhaps it is a form that someone made? I bought a dressform for $15 at a thrift store in SF and altered it to fit me with foam and batting and then covered it with broadcloth. The end result is a dressform that perfectly fits me and is nice to look at, plus didn’t cost me a load of money!

Here is the process on altering my dressform from my bridal blog
http://artnouveaubride.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/altering-a-dressform/

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