My christmas present! A Dress Form! (but with measurement issues)

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DH got me a dress form for christmas!  I have been dreaming of owning
one for years!  I even get to have it early and not wait until
christmas!

I set it up today, and got it at the perfect height and measured
myself and adjusted it about a million times until it was
perfect....but I put a fancy satin dress of mine on it and I could
barely squeeze it on!*$*@*#&%$

I don't know what is happening here.  It should be almost perfect
(pending adding a bra & stuffing that).  Does anyone know why this
would happen?  I know I am a little squeezable in real life...but
honestly not that much!  The issue seems to be the stomach area, and
that is where I have most of my squishiness from having three kids.
Should I dial that part down a bit and add some loose fluff?   To put
it into perspective I have a size "A" diana dress form:
http://www.uksewing.com/acatalog/Diana_dress_form_adjustable_sewing_dummy.html

my own measurements are:
bust 35.5", (natural) waist 29", hips 39", height 5'3.

TIA

Michelle

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Michelle Giordano wrote:

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Well, I know that it is flat out impossible to get some of my more
fitted garments onto my dress form, which matches my actual
measurements.  When I don said garments I may drop one shoulder, then
the other, twist my hips and generally shimmy into the item.  The dress
form can't cooperate.

I had high hopes for being able to do detailed fitting on my dress form,
but have wound up using it mainly for hemming, and as a Haloween decoration.


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Michelle Giordano wrote:
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There are several factors to take into account:

You can wriggle: it can't.
It has matte fabric covering it: you have slippery skin!
It will never be EXACTLY your shape.

A dress form is an excellent aid to fitting, but can never replace a
proper fitting on a real body.  You will know, however, that anything
you put on the dress form will not be too small in real life.

I find mine excellent for such things as hems, sorting out collar
details, design alteration (draping exercises, if you like), and for
making sure that things are correctly placed on the garment.  For an
initial 'guess fit' I make the dummy to the exact client measurements,
but thereafter, for ease of use, I tend to dial it down an inch or two
so I can get garments on and off more easily.

Of some clients I do dial up a size or two down and pad up so that their
shape is more correctly imitated.

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Re: My christmas present! A Dress Form! (but with measurement issues)
I got a dress form two months ago, i LOVE it have been dreaming of
having one for years!

However I did NOT set it up for my exact measurements - I set it  up
one size smaller and 'padded it up' to my measurements and then put a
bra on it and padded it up to my bust.  Everything was set in place
with pins.

Then I used some stretchy fabric to make a cover to fit snugly over
the padding.

This gives some, well, 'give' when fitting, mimics the softeness of
the body, gives the pins something to hold onto, etc.

My sister suggested this, she was costume mistress for a theatre
company for several years. She has some pretty good ideas :)

-Irene


On Tue, 2 Dec 2008 20:37:53 -0800 (PST), Michelle Giordano

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   - I set it =A0up
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I second this!!! Plus mine was a yardsale bargain (practically for
free) and doesn't dial up to "mega-bust of death" size anyway! I make
Art Quilts and always have plenty of batting scraps so I had no
problem padding up and now
 I find my dressform absolutely invaluable as a design tool! Much
easier to drape and fit said bust and I only need to tweak the fit at
the end when I try the garment on me. :-)

Erin

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Lovely present!!  My husband bought mine for me when we were living
overseas...I picked the box up and had no clue what it was, go
figure!  Anyway...it worked well for a while, though snug clothing
was, as you have learned, a bit tricky.  Now that it (and I) have aged
another 11 years (not to mention the 2 children I've had), even at the
highest measurements, it isn't the right size.

The best thing to do is to get close, then do what was already
mentioned - pad it out to YOUR measurements, taking your specific body
quirks into account.  At one point, I think I had pictures up of where
I had done this with mine - she has a bra that's padded out as well as
briefs that are padded to get the actual rear shape correct, then I
put a tank over top of it to hold everything together.  It worked
well, especially since I was working with MY measurements in addition
to a digital picture (or 2) of myself to see where my odd lumps and
bumps were.  I think I need to take her in for better implants, though
since she's now a couple of inches to small....<sigh>  Or else just
ask hubby to buy me a new one.

Larisa

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On 12/2/08 10:37 PM, in article
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Michelle, did you measure both high hip and low hip?  I've never had or
desired a dress form for myself.  But I have realized both measurements are
very important, especially women who have had several children. p.s. I have
5 all grown up, the youngest is 50.
Emily


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Hi Emily,

No I didn't, I will do that!  I think the main problem is the stomach
area.  (which of course could be fixed with exercise...but then
again...that would leave no time for sewing LOL)

Michelle

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On 12/5/08 10:08 PM, in article
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Yes, Every time, I visit the doctor, he reminds me of how exercise helps the
heart muscles, and is good for me.  If I would just ride the exercise bike I
have, I would not need the double hip measurement as much as I do.
Emily


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Emily Bengston wrote:

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Emily, trade the excercise bike in for a stationary recumbent bike.  One
sits in a comfortable reclined position, legs out in front of you.  Your
body weight is borne on your nice, cushy buttocks rather than your
crotch  and there is no strain on your back, wrists or neck.  The
position is ideal for watching TV or reading while you exercise


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On 12/7/08 10:32 PM, in article ds1%k.15109$ snipped-for-privacy@newsfe01.iad,

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Kathleen, Thanks for the idea of another type of bike, which I tried once
and didn't care for.  The one I have is doctor recommended; it is the same
as one he has in his office for the staff to use when on a break or feel
they need to "loosen" up a bit, especially the office personnel.

It has handlebars, which eases tension in the neck, shoulders, etc.  I did
replace the seat with a different, more comfortable one.  It keeps track of
my blood pressure & heart rhythm, as well.
Emily


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