Have you ever had to compromise on fit because you could not reach that
puckered seam or extra back fullness? Such compromises could lead to disappointing
results. As every fine seamstress knows, an accurate fit is as vital as
good workmanship to the lovely look of a finished garment. The perfect
solution to these and other tricky fitting problems is a dress form, which
duplicates your figure and allows you to fit and alter from all angles.
Whichever type you choose, it should have a heavy, sturdy base
and be adjustable for figure changes, different heights, and convenient
storage. Compressible shoulders are also a definite plus, as they
allow you to slip your garment on and off the form easily.
A foam form is covered with
a fabric shell that can be individually fitted to your contours.
It can be adjusted by altering the fabric shell, and will not
be harmed by pinning fabric to its surface. It is also available
in pants forms.
A molded, sectional form can be adjusted
both horizontally and vertically in several places to correspond
to your own measurements, but it cannot duplicate your figure
A wire mesh form can be slipped on and shaped
to your own body and posture. It is then unsnapped and attached
to a stand. Although easily adjustable, it does not have a smooth
contour. It is also available in pants forms.
A fabric-covered cotton batting form is smoothly
shaped, takes pins, and is good for working with very heavy
fabrics or garments. However, it can be adjusted only by adding
padding to the outside of the form.
Remember to check your measurements occasionally to make sure
your dress form is still accurate, and adjust accordingly if
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Once you begin using a dress form as part of your sewing equipment, you
will be happily surprised at its many uses and the convenience it provides.
Fitting, of course, will be quicker, easier, and more accurate. You will
be able to see and understand more completely the reasoning behind darts,
structured seams, and built-in ease, It will help you check such details
as the fall of a hem or the roll of a collar before it is too late to easily
make any necessary adjustments. You can steam press directly on the dress
form to perfectly set design lines. Most importantly, you can stand away
from your garment and see it, as others will, giving you greater objectivity
and a three-dimensional view you can’t get in a mirror.