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Chaly

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I've not had a professional dress form - they are super expensive and the used ones are hard to come by.  My goal was to eventually get a used pro one and then pad it out to customize for my shape.  This will really help with my fitting.  I've just been using a cheap dial form that is not very stable and my garments do not hang well on it.  I didn't want to take the time to customize the cheapo so I just lived with it.

Yesterday I found a used Wolf form - vintage - and my size! (I don't believe the Wolf forms are made anymore?  There were handmade in USA.) Since this is sewing related I thought I would post here.  It is mechanical - collapsible and height adjustable.  And it has a cast iron foundation.  It is tattered as is usual for these used ones - just like sewing machines!  It has an interesting history - from a design studio in San Francisco and was within my budget at $120.  New ones of this type and quality are upwards of $900 and many used ones are in the $200-400 range.  It is also important to find the right size, a collapsible shoulder, and the skirt cage.  And I was so fortunate that this one had all my requirements and was just a 30 min drive away!

I plan to make a new cover and customize for my measurements along with sprucing up the stand.  The basic foundation is great and I know I will really enjoy using this for my projects.

Anyone else refurbish a vintage dress form?
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ChattyKathy

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Chalk,
I believe THREADS magazine a few years back had an in depth article about customizing your dress form. It was very interesting but beyond my very novice capabilities.
Hope you can find it and it will help you.

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Chaly

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Thanks - I believe I have this issue and I'll have to reference it.  My main concern now is refurbishing the stand - it has a bit of corrosion  - and it is a bit stiff for adjusting - kind of like sewing machines!
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kewpiefrog

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Here is a tutorial on a method I saw a while back. This isn't the same tutorial as I originally saw, but it is very similar.
https://www.burdastyle.com/blog/diy-duct-tape-dress-form   I don't know if it would help you any or not.
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Chaly

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Originally Posted by kewpiefrog
Here is a tutorial on a method I saw a while back. This isn't the same tutorial as I originally saw, but it is very similar.
https://www.burdastyle.com/blog/diy-duct-tape-dress-form   I don't know if it would help you any or not.


Thanks for the tutorial method - I think I ran into this a while back so I appreciate the refresher.   I have this filed away somewhere for my reference but the link you have is not accurate or working.
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kewpiefrog

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I don't know why the address link leads to that other page. I copied it directly from Burda Style's project page when I was on it. There are several versions online. You can do an Internet search. One lady used leopard printed duct tape. LOL 

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