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Posted on: 7/20/14 2:11 PM
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After several unsuccessful attempts to create a three-way mirror arrangement for garment fitting by trying all sorts of hinging and mounting of cheapo mirrors, my husband and I stumbled across a solution that I am very happy with and thought others might be interested in.

Instead of three mirrors, I used two that I purchased from Ikea that turned out to be so sturdy and steady that we attached wheeled bases to each of them and now I have the ability to clearly see each side of my body while fitting with more flexibility, in some ways, than even a three-way mirror offers.

The two mirrors can be moved and adjusted to any angle and nested together and rolled away for storing. The wheels are non-marking, so they do not damage hardwood floors and they also roll freely on low-pile carpet. (see photos below)

The Ikea mirrors are called Stave and measure 15 and three quarter inches wide and 63 inches high (which is taller than most full-length mirrors) cost $40 each and come in four colors (I used birch effect); the rolling stands were made with pieces of pine (16 inches long x 2 inches wide x 1 inch high; each stand has four, 2 inch swivel, non-marking casters (total of eight) $4 each from Home Depot plus eight screws long enough to attach the stands to the bottom of the mirror frames.

If they do nothing else, at least the mirrors help ease the pain of my futile attempts to make pants that fit. FYI...there's further discussion of these mirrors in the Sewing Space forum here

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koo104 said...
Everything's better on wheels. Great solution!
7/20/14 2:57 PM
alpenrose said...
OH BOY! Love this one--give that guy of yours a big "date night" for this one!
7/20/14 4:07 PM
Barbara said...
Ikea here I come. Thanks for sharing this fantastic tip.
7/20/14 4:16 PM
Mc Donna said...
I'm with Barbara! I had idea incorporating pegboard to the back for hanging tool storage but couldn't find nitrous with study frames. Thank you for this very helpful info.
7/20/14 8:42 PM
ASiverson said...
My DH LOVES wheels and would absolutely flip for this tip. Thank you so very much for sharing, and the mirrors look great! IKEA is a terrific store isn't it!?
7/21/14 11:45 AM
j Renee Design said...
What a wonderful solution! Thanks for sharing. :)
7/21/14 3:08 PM
Helen123 said...
Thanks for your kind words. So happy to hear others find this useful. FYI...there's further discussion of these mirrors in the Sewing Space forum here
7/21/14 9:15 PM
nothy lane said...
I love this idea. I will be making one soon. You aren't the only one with problems fitting pants.
7/22/14 8:41 AM
Tina Lou said...
Awesome idea - thanks for sharing the detailed photos!!
7/30/14 1:02 PM
 
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