Today I was going to write a post about the draping I’ve been doing lately. Then I realise I haven’t told you guys about my dress form. I had it for over two weeks already, so this post is a bit overdue. But as people say better late than never. I started looking at dress forms around Christmas; when I first looked I thought I’ll diy it, then I though an adjustable one and finally a one size professional dress form. So what made me go with a professional dress form?
DIYing A Dress Form
I look at many options for diying a dress form. At first I though a duct tape dress form, it seemed easy enough to make, all you had to do was to get someone to wrap your torso in tape. When I started digging deeper into duct tape dress forms, I found some negative reviews. That the duck tape would stretch if you stuffed it too full and that your pins would get sticky. Another option I consider was to make a plaster mould and then make a polyurethane dress from the mould. I show what I wanted to do to my mom and she told me that if I’m willing to spend a bit of money I should buy an adjustable one.
Adjustable Dress Form
That made sense to me so I started looking on at adjustable dress forms. They appealed as I would be able to get my custom shape and still have a fairly good form that was pinnable. The two main issues I had with adjustable dress forms. I’m petite, so most of the women dress forms were too big for me even on the smallest settings. After a bit of searching, I manage to find a couple adjustable dress form that would have work. They were a bit more pricey than I had wanted.
My other issue with adjustable dress form was the quality wasn’t good. People said it was hard to adjust, unstable, that it felt cheap.That they weren’t strong enough to handle draping and it would never be your exact side. All this combined with them being more expensive than I thought at first made me drop the whole dress form thing for a few months.
A Professional Dress Form
Every now and then while I was sewing I would think wouldn’t a dress form be nice right now. After getting an email which told me get my rear in gear and start draping some clothes (at the beginning of the year I used future me to email myself reminders of my new year resolutions, of which draping a garment was one), I bit the bullet. Last time I look at dress forms I was reading every review out there trying to figure out which one would best.
This time, I thought screw that I’m going to get a good one and I’m not going to worry about it. I read Gretchen review and though that looks like a good dress form I’m getting something like that. Now, I don’t have the same model as her and I didn’t use the same company but it where I started my search for a good dress form that I could afford. I ended up buying a PGM missy half bottom form.
Dress Form Review
The dress form I order was the PGM Industry Grade 601 Missy Half Body Dress Form with Hip & Collapsible Shoulder in size 2. This dress form is pinnable but not straight down you do have to go at an angle. It has bumped outside seams and marking for the waist, centre front. And it also has an iron cage and you can raise and lower it. To see which one my bought click here.
Where I Bought It
I bought it online from onlydressformcanada.com. They do ship from Canada which meant I didn’t have to pay customs duty or tax. All their prices are still the US dollar. The biggest problem I had was their website wouldn’t let me order. I would go and try to order my dress form and it would just say processing endlessly. They do have an option of live chat support and when I clicked on that I was told to wait for a few minutes so I ended up closing that. I found their phone number and called them but nobody answer.Now, I was getting ticked off as I want to know if my order had gone through or not. Unfortunately, I didn’t have more time to chase it as I had to go to work.
When I came from work I had an email asking if I still had questions since I closed the live chat. I told him the problems I had and he said my order didn’t go through so I tried again. It still didn’t go though so I ended up email him with what I want and he sent me a PayPal money request. This time, it did go though and was shipped. Though I didn’t like how it wasn’t that easy to contact them, once I got in touch they did take care of all my problems.
Setting Up My Dress Form
Once I received my dress form I saw it was all pieces in a box and didn’t have a guide with it. A quick google search later and I found a guide on how to set it up. The set up was fairly simple, the hardest thing being putting my dress from on the pole. When I stepped on the pedal I could raise and lower my dress form. I did that about ten times before the fun started to wear off. Another cool feature is the collapsing shoulders they also were really fun to try out.
The Quality Of The Dress Form
When I was taking the pieces out of the box I was struck by how heavy the metal things were. The dress form itself feels solidly built and is cover in some nice linen. I have tried draping a few things on it and it felt like it could handle what ever I threw at it. The wheels are also really nice not just the having of them but also the quality. Overall I would say this is a well-built dress form that should last for years.
The Size Of The Dress Form
It’s funny at first having a dress form look exactly like me was a big priority now it doesn’t bother me that it not. Obviously, the dress form isn’t exactly my size, I do think that the bust and bottom is a pretty accurate representation of a real person. I do plan on making a cover for it to make it more my size but for now it doesn’t bother me that much.
What Dress Form Should You Get?
I do think that spending the money was well worth it. And for me, it isn’t worth buying an adjustable at half the price when for twice that you could get something like this that in my opinion is way better. I think if you do want to drape that you should invest in a good quality form. If you want a dress form to look exactly like you make your own but even then I don’t think it will completely erase trying things on.
Whew, that was a long post. What dress from do you have and would you buy it again? Don’t have a dress form which one would you buy or would you make one?