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Sheryl in TX
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Date: 6/27/13 1:39 AM

I would like to buy a dress form. I am thinking about the Fabulous Fit dress forms. Does anyone have any experience in this particular one? They are pricey, but it looks like I can pad it up a bit in the waist and hips and that I can really pin into the form and do some draping. Any other recommendations are most welcome! Thank you!
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Date: 6/27/13 8:21 AM

If I were to buy a dress form again, this would be one I'd buy. For one thing, the quality is absolutely excellent; even down to the stand. I also like the padding ability. You can buy extra pads if you want or need.

One PR member did a thread on how to pad up this form; very helpful information in there. I can't remember the member's name, but I'm pretty certain the thread was something like "padding a dress form".

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Date: 6/28/13 0:40 AM

Thank you so much! I really do appreciate your help. I will look for the post on padding them up, as well.

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Date: 6/28/13 0:43 AM

If you don't want to spend that much first time around, there are options. I have a Dritz My Double Deluxe that you can purchase at most fabric stores. She has dials and adjusts to your size, which you make smaller than your measurements so you can pad her up. That way there are no open spaces showing. For years I used batting for the padding, however over time the batting packs down. Last year I ordered the Fabulous Fit padding system, took off the batting, and applied the rubber pads under the two stretch covers that came with the system. The second cover that goes on top has center and side seams which are very handy for tissue fitting and draping, and the rubber pads make her pinnable. "Dumb Debbie", I call her, looks like new and professional with the ivory covers. Probably not as sturdy as what you are looking at, but works!

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Date: 6/28/13 1:14 AM

ETA: Bad me, I didn't read all of Libra's post. But I totally agree with her, as you can tell! :)

A less-expensive and still *wonderful* option is their Fabulous Fit Fitting System, which is just the covers and the pads that you can use to customize any dress form. I put mine on an inexpensive, very small shop display form (was theoretically RTW size 8, in reality closer to a size 2), and for about the price of a traditional adjustable dress form, plus about 45 minutes and a mirror, I had a darn near perfect replica of myself.

My shop form is similar to this (but we purchased it at a local shop fixtures store):
http://www.amazon.com/Female-Mannequin-Dressform-Natural-Tripod/dp/B00C7UJVMO/ref=sr_1_41?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1372396324&sr=1-41&keywords=shop+mannequin

Those are nice b/c they give the measurements.

And I got the Fitting System when Fabulous Fit first listed them on Amazon.

I love mine!
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Date: 6/28/13 1:26 AM

I bought a French European Collapsible Shoulder professional dress form at Sew Expo last March. To pad her up, I used the Fabulous Fit System. It was expensive but well worth it. I love having my "double" for both fitting and draping. Certainly wish I would have done this years ago. I also read the thread on using the FFPS and do read the info on the website itself. They give great instructions as well. Good luck!

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Date: 6/28/13 8:23 AM

I purchased the My Double Deluxe from Amazon a few months ago and also the Fabulous Fit box of paddings. This is great! Easy to do and marvelous to use for fitting when sewing. Also without a huge expenditure.

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Date: 6/28/13 11:49 AM

I purchased the Fabulous Fit dress form about a year ago and my only criticism is, "Why did I wait so long?"

They have a great page on their website where it lists how to measure yourself for dress form plus a video on how to pad out the dress form to match your shape.

Prior to purchasing the Fabulous Fit I had a Dritz My Twin which I had padded out with the Fabulous Fit system of pads, but the Dritz My Twin wasn't a good match (to me) and thus I usually just hung projects on it. The Dritz form was very light weight so it could be easily knocked over (and it was - not necessarily by me, but every other member of the family both the four legged ones and the two legged ones). Also, the shoulders were too big on the Dritz form so my blouses (if I fitted them on the dress form) were always too big. And its shape - even with the Fabulous Fit system - was not very close to my shape.

With the Dritz form was not pinnable except for where I had padded it.

With the Fabulous Fit System and dress form I have achieved probably the closest fit I would get with a dress form vs. having one custom made. Particularly in the shoulders and the length of the back (neck to waist). Also, it is mounted on a solid base with wheels, so I can roll it around and out of the way and so far no one (four legged or other wise) has knocked it over! Also, my wrist pin cushion fits perfectly around the knob on the top.

It is an expensive sewing item, but for me it is worth every penny. If you are a member of ASG they give a discount but you have to order it through the ASG website. They do gone on sale, I bought mine in December when they were having a sale.

Hope this helps.

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