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I bought a dressform

On a Dutch site I found this second-hand dressform for sale,there already was someone who bid on it, but I was lucky my bid was accepted. I was near the seller today, and could pick it up in combination with a business trip.

The dressform is a size 40. On seeing the picture on the internet I already saw that she is too small in general, but that is not so important. I compared the sizes with the BWOF size chart and in bust and hips she is the same as the BWOF size 40. But the waist is 8 cm (more than 3 inches) smaller! My waist is certainly not that small!

But as my back is narrow it's correct in that area and I think I can adapt her to my bust size by putting on a bra. I've seen that done before on several sites. This means that I can use the dressform for blouses and jackets while working on it. The dressform will not be the main fitting instrument for me, just a helpful tool.

Speaking of tools: my serger crashed again! And I've decided to replace it. Too much irritation and time loss because of a badly behaving serger that is 16 years old. I'll be visiting one or two dealers tomorrow, and hopefully have a new serger in the weekend.


  1. Conmgrats on your dressform, it is easier to add a few cm at the waist then to remove.Fiberfil is a good choice to add.

  2. congrats on your dressform. Definitely easy to add to it. I have used both fiberfill and fleece.

  3. Hey, my serger is also about 16 years old and cranky as anything! But that darn budge--no money for a new serger at this time. But have fun shopping for one!

  4. That was budget, not budge LOL. It's much too late for me to be reading and commenting on blogs ;) !

  5. Well, good luck with your search for a new serger and the new dressform. I have an old, half-broken one but even though it's barely hanging in, it is still better than having none. Padding is a good idea which gives you the choice of taken it off when needed.

  6. My dressform is smaller than me in some areas too, but I still love it for working with garments in progress.

  7. don't you just love a great sale? i've done that before. wonderful feeling. a couple of years ago there was an article in threads magazine about making your own dress form with 'duct tape'. you wear an old t-shirt and someone wraps the tape around you. well, with the help of my husband, i did it! it turned out okay. it's not on a stand like yours (just hanging)but it suits my purpose. i hope yours works out well.

  8. I would love someday to have a perfect double dress form (or maybe I don't want to see that), but my Acme Junior is still helpful, even though her waist is smaller than mine and her hips nonexistent. I think you'll like yours!

  9. Mine's not quite right, either. The shoulders and neck are not small enough and neither is the waist and she is supposed to be a petite! I do use it for photographing, for works in progress and for simple things, but for true fitting I use myself, of course.

  10. oh my,, congrats, I hope you get years of use and pleasure out of it

  11. A new dressform! I wish I could find a place to buy dressforms here in Portugal; I had mine ordered from a mail catalog and it's ok, but some time I feel I could use a professional dressinform instead...

  12. Congratulations on your purchase.


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