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I want the mercedes of dress forms
what is it, and where do I get one?
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Date: 2/18/09 8:49 PM

I'm so OVER duct tape. I want a really good dress form. I think I want the works, legs and all.

I've heard of Wolf, but beyond hearing things like "collapsible shoulders" and such, I don't know much about them. I do know I'm not going for one of those BigBox specials.

Any input on this would be great

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Date: 2/18/09 8:53 PM

I can't help much. I know that there is also Prym. But, read this post by Phyllis at the Sewing Divas.

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Date: 2/18/09 10:44 PM

Also check out this post at Fashion-Incubator.

And another one.
-- Edited on 2/18/09 10:45 PM --

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Date: 2/18/09 11:21 PM

What is your purpose? Do you want a custom made dress form, or do you want a commercial draping form? The ansewr to that will help figure out what you need.

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Date: 2/18/09 11:54 PM

I would like it as custom to my measurements as possible. It's for all my personal dressmaking, which tends to get adventurous.

I have considered that I might want to make dresses for someone else someday- how would this make the form I want different?

ps- Thanks for those links, but $2000? yikes, did I say Mercedes? I think I meant Camry.
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Date: 2/19/09 1:28 AM

I have this one and I love it because it is very easy to change the form measurements when needed.

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Date: 2/19/09 2:28 AM

Well, you SAID Mercedes


Be careful what you wish for, you might actually get it!

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Date: 2/19/09 7:08 AM

I'm really happy with the form I bought, its a Wolf-style form but was much less expensive because it was made in China and Wolf's are made in New Jersey (not a diss on Wolf BTW.) It has collapsible shoulders, a skirt cage, a pinnable padded surface, is height adjustabel and it has wheels. It was less than $300 and I got it from this Ebay store. I had to put it together but it wasn't difficult.

The same merchant also sells full body froms and if you make pants they're great. They're a bit more expensive.

I chose a size that conforms the closest to my shoulder width and back waist measurement and one of these days I'll pad it out.

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Date: 2/19/09 7:44 PM

Phyllis - what is the skirt cage for? I've always wondered. Is it just to hold the shape of the garments a bit further down than a form that ends at the hips?

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Date: 2/20/09 6:25 AM

Quote: Eme
Phyllis - what is the skirt cage for? I've always wondered. Is it just to hold the shape of the garments a bit further down than a form that ends at the hips?

That's a a good question actually! The cage prevents a skirt or dress from wrapping around the pole while the form is being moved (it has wheels.)

It also keeps that from happening when the garment is removed from the form.

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