A really good Black Friday deal and a Christmas present from Grandma convinced me that it was time to invite a dress form to come work for me. Her name is Edna after Edna Mode from The Incredibles. (Edna was a caricature of Edith Head.)
I chose to buy an adjustable model because I knew I could not have an army of professional dress forms filling my house. There are some inherent downsides to either choice of dress form.
I choose to buy a Celine Standard Plus dress form which is made in England, partly because of the reviews. There weren't many reviews on it unlike other adjustable dress forms, but there weren't any real negative ones. I bought mine from Joann's, (who can resist 60% off!) but unfortunately Joann's isn't carrying this model anymore. Amazon does carry it though. (What don't they have?)
Plus sides to this dress form includes wheels with locks on them that function very well. I don't feel the need to bend over and use my hand. My foot can flip the lock very easily. The gears that adjust the size are rather easy to use. It is adjustable for height. The back waist length is also adjustable. Personally, I don't need that feature, but it might come in handy for clients. It also has a handy hem marking gadget. Now I won't have to stand on the kitchen counter while Mom marks my hems.
There are some inherent defects of all adjustable models that I think I should mention. Measurements may slip. I have particularly noted that the back waist length can tend to sag and lengthen with a garment resting on the lower half. The main components such as the gear mechanisms are mostly plastic. The body pieces themselves are also a thin covered plastic. Pins can be slipped into the cover, but not stuck directly into the form. While I would have preferred some more heavy duty components, I think this dress form will satisfy my needs and last a long time if I take good care of it. Would I want a professional dress form in the future? Possibly, but for now I am a much happier seamstress for this addition to my staff. :) I am looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Edna.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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