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Date: 8/9/12 3:18 PM

I'm in need of an adjustable dress form ( around size 14 in the big four), so that I might do some draping and pattern manipulation. I'd prefer adjustability.

Any suggestions for something in the $100 to $120 range? Is there a brand that isn't complete junk?

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Date: 8/10/12 12:36 PM

I'd love to know that too!

Nora :)

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Date: 8/10/12 2:29 PM

We are looking for the same dress form size and price range. I have searched sites and it seems that for that price comments aren't very good, but can't seem to justify spending sometimes $500 or more for a good one. Have looked at JA for them when on sale, but reviews aren't the best for it. But, I could use one as I'm tired of going from my machines to the mirror in another room and then back to the machine once again and I can't move them closer together as space is an issue.

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Date: 8/10/12 7:51 PM

For me I went on to Amazon and I found a used dress form for $65.00. It is a Singer thingy it works well for me. I was able to adjust my waist, height, breast hips and all. Yes the bottom was slingy but the dear husband just couldn't sit there watching me smack my lips and complain about the bottom so being the type of control freak he is he jumped right in and control my slingy bottom. I am happy. It is red. Don't really matter. It was taken care of very very well infact don't think it was ever used. I don't have a problem buying used items that i can fix up. I can use that other 60 or so bucks on some fabric. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000H6KZYS/ref=sr_1_2_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1344642441&sr=8-2&keywords=used+dress+form&condition=used



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Date: 8/10/12 8:21 PM

i was thinking about this form, which I believe is sold by allbrands, among others

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Date: 8/10/12 8:45 PM

You might consider looking for a used professional dressform that is smaller than you and making moulage from kenneth King and pad out your dressform to fit that. A few months ago Threads ran an article by Kenneth showing doing exactly that. Also Gorgeous Things made one with her friend and posted the the experience.

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Date: 8/11/12 4:49 PM

Ditto to buying small and padding out. If you are really cost cutting, there's always the Duct Tape Double route. You will find message threads, blogs and other resources galore if you just Google that phrase or search these boards. It's a hoot.

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Date: 8/11/12 5:26 PM

Hmm. I figured out where amazon sold it's dressforms-- and after going through the reviews, I found that the form I was considering was not pinable, nor was the waist separately adjustable.

Phooey. The "pad out a form" route really does sound like the best value.Perhaps even a uniquely you form. Given that I make corsets every so often, this may be the best solution.
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Date: 8/11/12 10:42 PM

Keep checking Craigslist. I got a Singer 151 (which is med/lg and fits my measurements) for $50 and it was still in the box in the plastic. Looked like it was maybe set up to be photographed for the ad and that's it. I'll admit that the base is flimsy as the legs/feet are plastic but for the price I can live with it. It has more adjustments than I orginally thought, including back length. Don't know that I'd pay full price for it but if you can get a deal on new or good condition used, it's worth it. Oh, and it is pinnable.

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