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Date: 3/14/09 10:10 AM

I am looking for a dress form, as I am beginning to make skirts for myself (hoping to graduate to shirts eventually), and I think checking the fit would be easier using a dress form, especially since I don't own a full-length mirror.

So far, I am considering the Uniquely You (http://www.sewvacdirect.com/uniq-petite.html) or Fabulous Fit (http://www.fabulousfit.com/) dress forms. I like that both are adjustable. However, I've heard that the adjusting process for the Uniquely You form is difficult and requires fitting experience (which I don't have, being a beginner sewer). The Fabulous Fit form, with the padding that inserts below the cover, seems easier to manipulate, but it's also twice the price of the Uniquely You form.

Then, I was considering a wire form from eBay but they tend to go for over $150, and at that point, I don't know if I should go with a Uniquely You form instead.

What do you recommend?

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Date: 3/14/09 10:46 AM

How about another alternative - the duct tape double?

I would not recommend the Uniquely You if you are new to fitting.

Seethis thread on the UY. Also list of reviews (no sure that will come up correctly - if not, search [upper left corner] selecting 'Uniquely You' in the field and notions in the drop down.)

The duct tape double usually provides a good representation of you for starting the fitting saga. It is not as durable, and you do need a buddy to help tape you.

Good luck!

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Date: 3/14/09 10:57 AM

I had considered making my own, but decided against it because I'd like something more durable and also because my husband refuses to help. He says that we'd just end up arguing and that I should buy one instead.

After reading the dress form thread in this forum, I am leaning towards the Fabulous Fit, but am hesitant to spend over $300.

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Date: 3/14/09 2:17 PM

Another option might be a Roxy dress form--I'm thinking about it. Check out this thread.

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Date: 3/14/09 4:06 PM

I think I'd invest in a full-length mirror instead. The dress form will not have your posture, etc, so will be of limited use for fitting. (in my opinion...)
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Date: 3/14/09 4:28 PM

Hi Liz. I can give you some info. When I was first starting out fitting (after a Dritz My Double and a Duct Tape Double), I purchased the Fabulous Fit. Yes, it's a little pricey but I liked being able to adjust the pads for when I gained or lost weight. It was the best form I've ever worked with, next to the one I now have, made out of a fitting shell. I didn't have to have help and believe me, I know DH being unwilling to help was the problem with me too. (I think he was a little insecure and felt overwhelmed).

I'd still have it, but there was one small problem. The shoulders were too long for me; I have 4.5 inch shoulders and shoulder length for my FF size was 5 inches. This made everything too big through my upper bust area. If you decide to purchase one, ask what length the shoulder is, from the neck to the arm area; this would be the shoulder seam length. This is important if you want your bodice to hang correctly. There is a video that comes with the Fabulous Fit as well as a fitting manual. I couldn't spend another $200 for another FF form, so I made my own.

The Uniquely You form I've tried. It's very nice, too, but you're right; you have to have a fitting buddy who knows what she is doing. I couldn't use this because I'm allergic to some rubbery substances (asthma) and I couldn't keep it in my sewing room (which gets very hot in the summer).

The Roxy dress forms are in specific sizes for a discounted price. You might find the size that works for you at the price you want. I'd gone a route similar to this by buying a form to fit my shoulders, but then everything else was too small. I couldn't pad it up correctly. You might have the same problem.

I've gone through a lot of dress forms, probably around nine before I ended up with what I have now. And Fabulous Fit is the one I'd recommend.

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Date: 3/14/09 4:33 PM

I agree with Elaine. Until you sew a few garments and discover your postural variations, I recommend that you invest in either a full-length mirror or this 3-way mirror I reviewed here.
Before you customize a dress form it's helpful to be very familiar with and objective about your body.
HTH,
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Date: 3/14/09 5:40 PM

Kim,

When they give the cross shoulder measurement, is it taken from the front or backside of the body? I measured mine from the front and it came out to 14". From the back, it was 16". I was doing this on my own with a mirror, and will get more accurate measurements when my husband gets home to help.

Is the cross shoulder measurement the most important when choosing a body form? And then the rest can be padded out as long as it is smaller than your body?

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Date: 3/14/09 7:54 PM

Sorry, but I can't answer any of these questions. I am just intrigued by this form, since the price is nice, knowing that I will have to pad it virtually everywhere to try to match my shape. You might ask Deb Fox, who started the thread I mentioned above, or just give Roxy a call. Wish I could help!

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Date: 3/14/09 8:11 PM

Um, yeah... You can get a full-length mirror for less than $10.

You should probably start there, regardless. Eventually you'll have to put the skirt on, anyway, and you'll want to see how it looks *on you.*

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