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Date: 9/13/12 11:17 AM

I was wondering if anyone has seen one of these in person or even used one. Alvaform Studio is a fairly new low end (still $700 plus shipping on sale!) dress form that seems to mimic real female bodies fairly well.


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I am leaning towards a cheaper setup that incorporates the Fabulous Fit system, but these forms are really lovely. I am wondering if they have any enabling fans here on PR..

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Date: 9/13/12 12:50 PM

From Kathleen Fasanella's Fashion-Incubator blog.

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Date: 9/14/12 5:39 PM

Thanks! That's a great review from a reliable experienced source....I still wish there was a bit more chatter amongst the hobbyists

Anyone else here have one?

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Date: 9/14/12 6:03 PM

The Alvaform is very interesting, and thank you for posting the link. But I doubt more than a handful of people on PR would be willing to spend $700 (plus $200 shipping) on a basic dress form that doesn't include features like collapsable shoulders, even if the form is more anatomically correct.

Last year, I bought a sturdy PGM dress form on sale for $149, including shipping, from the PGM website. I padded it out to match my measurements and covered it with the Fabulous Fit bodysuits. My total expenditure was about $225, in other words one-fourth the cost of an Alvaform. I think that's a more realistic option for budget conscious sewing hobbyists.

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Date: 9/14/12 6:46 PM

...and I should probably go do what you did too, as even with the collapsible shoulders I'd top out under $400...

I guess I thought that in this PR realm of madness where $10,000 sewing machines are not all that few and far between, perhaps there would be some takers for an attractive entry level luxury dress form...

I can wait though, someone here will guinea pig for me!
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Date: 9/16/12 8:33 AM

It's true some people on PR have $10,000 sewing machines, but I doubt more than a small fraction of them are serious garment sewers. Many serious garment sewers own reasonably good machines, but they're not spending $10,000 on them.

Besides, garment sewing hobbyists don't need a form that corresponds to an average figure. They need a form they can pad out to approximate their own figure, and once you pad the form, the memory foam on the Alvaform becomes a useless feature. Also the lack of collapsable shoulders would be an automatic deal breaker for hobbyists who sew woven dresses.

In short, the AlvaForm has features that might appeal to a professional designer just starting out. But these features aren't necessarily the ones that serious hobbyists need.

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Date: 9/16/12 8:57 AM

Thank you Nancy for providing me with my needed "D'oh" moment! I really like the aesthetics of this form, but it's true, I'm sewing for myself, not designing for an industry standard. I'm almost close enough to "average" to use one of these, but I'd still need a 34dd bra and perhaps a but around the middle, which would ruin both the form and the function of the Alva.

Thanks so much for your wisdom here, I really appreciate it

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