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Date: 5/30/13 11:51 AM

I am just starting out and wondered if I NEED a dress form. I am hesitant because I expect to be a much smaller size within the year (positive thinking here), and would hate to waste $$ on a larger dress form in the interim.

What are your thoughts?
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Date: 5/30/13 11:59 AM

How much alteration or self-designing do you do now?

I've had one, but never found it useful.

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Date: 5/30/13 1:19 PM

You don't need one IMO.
I just bought my first form about 7 years ago and absolutely love it, but sewed garments for years and years without having a dressform.

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Date: 5/30/13 1:28 PM

I *NEEDED* one ;-) and have barely used it. I will say, it is quite accurate in the one area where I have a lot of issues, the length from shoulder to bust point and bust point to waist. That helps when I tissue fit. For me, it's not a substitute (yet) for fitting on my body. I have been meaning to take a full work up of measurements and pad out/alter the dress form as much as I can to account for my actual body shape (like the right shoulder that is significantly higher than the left).

I got my mom one for mother's day and she drapes on it and finds it very helpful.

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Date: 5/30/13 2:47 PM

Thanks all! I realize I'd much rather have a serger than a dress form....so those pennies will go towards my NEED a serger fund! lol
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Date: 5/30/13 9:12 PM

I've made myself a duct tape form which really help me fit. It didn't cost that much in $ but it does take time and a helper. If you lose weight you can reuse the stand and filling and make yourself another.

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Date: 5/31/13 9:09 AM

NhiHuynh has it right. Stick with the duct tape dummy. There are plenty of "how to" instructions on the Internet. Inexpensive, but useful for fitting and draping.
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Date: 5/31/13 9:47 AM

i also made a duct tape dress form. easy peasy. my husband helped me (he had alot of fun) and then built a stand for the form. it is helpful and allows the work in progress to hang from it. i agree that the breast points and shoulder adjustments work well with a dress form.

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Date: 5/31/13 10:10 AM

Even with padding I found mine useless for anything besides displaying things I've made but don't wear often or, ahem, grew out of.

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Date: 5/31/13 11:46 AM

Quote: bklynwriter
Thanks all! I realize I'd much rather have a serger than a dress form....so those pennies will go towards my NEED a serger fund! lol

Good choice!

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