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Posted on: 10/18/08 11:07 AM
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I have more dressforms that I want to admit. Wolf ones.
You would think I would use them more. I gain and lose weight constantly- 20 pound range! I currently fit my big
dressform. I always do a test out on every single pattern and dread measuring and fitting. It recently occurred to me that I just have to pin fit the dressform who is so close in size to me that it's scary, as it is not a customized form. I was able to just mark the pattern where it needed adjusting and then I smoothed out the lines with various rulers. I ened up with a near perfect fit without all the pain. I have never done this before, since I have not been a perfect match with a dressform before this recent weight gain. I can not tell you what a joy it is to have a near identical dressform. I want to recommend it to everyone who will listen. It will make sewing/ fitting a million times easier ,so do whatever you can to get one that replicates you. If you have serious money to spend and you have a consistant weight, Wolf makes cusomized dress forms and would be worth it. Everyone who sews should have one! I dress mine up for Halloween with all my costumes and on birthdays they wear clown suits...
I did not mention that the reason I have 3 wolf forms and a couple of cheapies is not because I have a money printing press. I bought one for $125 in a used industrial sewing shop 20 years ago. The second one I bought through an add at my church for $25.00. The third wolf was standing outside someone's house looking abandoned and I knocked on their door and asked about it. They begged me to take it away!
The others, I found in my mother's attic. I use to do big Halloween parties and I used them to dress up. They came alive at night and people loved them, even though they were evil...

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Joni2 said... (12/1/08 8:12 PM) Reply
Well, sometimes I wonder about my lack of brain power! I've been working on a top today and worrying that it wlll be too small. All I had to do was put it on the dress form to get some idea; thank you so much. Your tips are always good; I think I'll start a notebook of "Tips from Ryansmum."
Nancywin said... (10/26/08 11:24 PM) Reply
You lucky girl with all those dress forms! I do have a vintage dress form that is adjustable with wing nuts. Unfortunately, I cannot get it close enough to my size. Also, this poor thing seems to lean over forward a bit. It is still very helpful, but I'd love to get one that was small enough in the shoulders, yet big enough in the hips! You can always put a bra on it and pad it out, but I'm having trouble with some of the rest of the measurements.
Peggym said... (10/24/08 4:05 AM) Reply
Absolutely right. I did Kenneth Kings moulage stuffed it and mounted it on a dress form too small for me. Works a treat as I am a challenged body!!! Rounded back, forward shoulders, flat bottom and round tummy. Best thing I ever did.
Kristina C said... (10/19/08 4:55 PM) Reply
Thanks for this. I have a shipment coming of a Fabulous Fit form and I am so excited, and it's great to hear that I spent my money wisely. I will be using the fitting system to pad her out to mimic me and I'm excited to have an assistant. I'm currently coming up with a name for her. :-)
nancy2001 said... (10/19/08 11:05 AM) Reply
Great tip.
anetJay said... (10/19/08 7:39 AM) Reply
I enjoyed reading your review very much !!! I can't imagine sewing with out dress forms... they are very patient :)
Birgitte said... (10/19/08 0:01 AM) Reply
I couldn't agree with you more. I have a full size (not Wolf, but very similar) and it's changed my whole process. Draping, pinning and stepping back allows me to take in the whole picture, and the fitting is actually fun now. There is a reason professionals use this form, and just because we sew for ourselves doesn't mean we can't be professional about it. I think we deserve the best ;-)
JeanK said... (10/18/08 2:42 PM) Reply
It's nice to know that there's an upside to weight-gain :>). I totally agree with you about fitting on a dress form if you are the size and shape of the form. I envy you because, unfortunately, commericial form makers never studied my body shape, so I will never be able to use one for fitting. I had a duct-tape double of me a few years ago (and pounds +/-). When I brought it home, my dog started growling at it. She never got used to it and I changed shape again, so out it went. Glad you're having better success.
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