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oldcountrygirl
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Date: 10/24/12 11:00 AM

I really need a dress form, BUT I need one that will change sizes!!! I am 5'2" and a size 2 in RTW but with a large bust! My DD is 5'7" and in most patterns a 12-14 my DIL is 5'5" and about a size 14-16 in patterns is there one I can get that will fill the bill for all of us?????? Thanks for any help!!!

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Date: 10/24/12 2:39 PM

Well, you could try the Dritz My Double sold at Joanns. But, beware most people think they are rather clumsy and not as stable as they could be.
You can buy a really small one and then change it to fit yourself through padding, etc. But, you will have to repad it each time you want to set it up for someone else.
Do you sew for all three of you? If so I would recommend a system such as Sure Fit Designs, Lutterloh, or a pattern drafting software.

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Date: 10/24/12 3:26 PM

I really like my Dritz My Double dressform. But yes, I am sure there are better ones out there (that also cost more). Still, it works great for my needs.

I doubt it will have the variance you need for those sizes, unless like mentioned above, you get a small one and then pad it as needed for the larger sizes.

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Date: 10/24/12 3:46 PM

Someone who actually has a Uniquely You dressform can probably give you a better idea of how hard it is to change covers. You might be able to get away with three covers and one or two forms. Or you could make three duct tape forms. (I use a padded "moulage", with the armholes, hips and neck sewn shut. It works well for pinning, not so well for other thing. A stand might be helpful)

Size 2 in RTW? What's that in patterns?

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Date: 10/24/12 4:58 PM

Thanks for all the ideas. andye I really don't know what size I am in a pattern, I have just started back sewing after MANY years. I used to sew for my self in school but that was 40 years ago LOL! Back then I think I used a size 10 but I was a few pounds heavier but more muscle.

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Date: 10/25/12 6:19 AM

When I re-entered sewing I got the medium dress form and initially regretted it because I couldn't add to the tummy front- it widened mostly in the sides of the waist and hips with the dials. It also couldn't go alk the way in at the waist and all the way out at the hips- I was afraid I would crack it from the stress between those two extremes. And it didnt give me a way to add the length I need between waist and hip- I'm long waisted.
So I dialed it in and then padded and that worked fine. But my DD and her friend were smaller than then medium so wished I had gotten the smallest one instead. It was easier and more fun to sew for them more than for myself. Due to health reasons I wasn't able to go out so no longer needed a wardrobe variety.
It helped me very much to get back into sewing. I could use that Dritz form even for robes and sleepwear I was making for DH. I learned that I didn't need an exact bust/chest or waist/hip but I needed it to support the shoulder seams as I looked at the potential garment coming together. So it became a draping/alteration inspiration and I draped the garment on the actual people to tweak the side seams, dimensions and darts. I used the form for fabric support & hems too.
After about 3 years of sewing, I found I was using it less and less as I moved into children's wear for grandkids, nieces & nephews. When we moved, I gave it away, no regrets. I use a two mirror system now and drape/fit/tweak on people, not a form. But I don't sew tons of fitted garments anymore - just occasional ones.
If I was to find the need for another form, I would go with the smallest form I could find and pad it up where/when needed. And the more dials it has, the better.

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Date: 11/5/12 10:54 PM

After sewing for over 40 years without the benefit of any dress form, I have started using a duct tape dress form and an adjustable Dritz form in the last couple of years. Given the choice, having any dress form is much better than not having one, but I would rather use the duct tape form because I trust the shape more. One quick fix on the adjustable form is to put a bra on it, but getting a smaller model and padding it makes sense. I have also seen an article about a DIY padding method that you can zip off and on.

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