I sew dresses and pants and decided I needed a dress form to make things easier at fitting time. I read the reviews and ordered the Dritz "my double deluxe" for the ability to fit pants. The form is adequate for the job and the adjustments for sizing work easily overall. There is very little padding on the form and it did not come with anything to slide onto it to fill the gaps once you make it fit you. I used a yoga top which fit tight and a padded bra on the form which solved the problem.
Be aware that the instructions included are MINIMAL and the website is MINIMAL, so you have to figure it out yourself. It is pretty sturdy but I will keep it standing where it won't be bumped around.
Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
from Maple Valley, Washington,
Sep 13, 2010
There are many dress forms to choose from. I like My Double Deluxe because it gives you the functionality of more expensive ĺ forms at a fraction of the cost. This is a great form for a novice to intermediate sewer, but the more garments you churn out, you may want higher-quality form.
You do get what you pay for. Being able to adjust the form as my weight fluctuates was a key driver for me, but these dials are plastic and donít seem that sturdy. One of the things thatís important for me to fit is my sway back. I found adjusting the center back and center front lengths on the form a little difficult. Making the adjustment wasnít so bad, getting it to stay adjusted was troublesome. I had to tape it to make it stay. I wish there were markings to show the various center front and center back lengths.
Adjusting the dials is an easy process and the measurements hold once you make the adjustments. I would like to see the scale on the dials resemble more of an actual ruler, but thatís a minor quibble. I have not tried the hem marker yet. You can pin on the form, which is nice. Speaking of pins, you may want to glue the pin cushion in place; it pops out sometimes when youíre grabbing pins.
Iíve found that the best way to build the form to your personal shape is to invest in a set of foam pads and a cover. The *** System is awesome and works well with the form. I previously used batting. It works well too, but itís messy and takes forever.
In summary, this form is very workable. If you want a budget-friendly adjustable form that allows you to fit pants, start here. If your size has been pretty consistent and you can afford to invest more in your form, there are other brands you may want to consider.
This product description says it has a tall stand and is good for use on gowns. I do bridal and it is not tall enough to check a hem on a short bride. I have to stand it on a box. Not as tipsy as I thought it may be but have not had it long enough to know how it holds up.
This was the first time I purchased or even used dress form. I admit I was a little skeptical at first. When I received it I took my time adjusted it to my measurements. It is a GREAT help when constructing my garments. Not only for the fit but for adding embelihsments also. I would highly recommend this product.
This dress form is helpful in fitting clothes you are sewing. It is far easier to make adjustments to the item you are sewing when it is on the dress form. You can adjust the form fairly easily and then add extra padding of your own where needed to make the measurement match yours.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Exact match
How accurate was the on site description of the product? clear and accurate
Please tell us about the quality of the product. high quality product. Easy to use.
Very useful for apparel sewing and pattern alterations. Depending upon personal measurements, may still need to be padded for exact body measurements. Could use some cushioning(for pinning pattern pieces and slopers) for those who do not need padding to obtain oversize measurements.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Yes
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fair quality
First of all, the pant adjustment leg is a wonderful thing to have on a dress form, I was extremely excited of the amount of adjustments, with that being said, I was a little frustrated in how the dress form adjusts. The Dials are extremely hard to turn when you need the fullest waist allowance, I still had to pad because it wouldn't fully open to what the box said, also, when close to the numbers the under & upper bust numbers became larger and larger.. Ladies if you are looking for an upper bust measurement of 32 you won't get it with the size Small, ** If you need an upper bust measurement of 32 , you need to get the smaller size. I thought the 33-41 was the Bust measurement but it is from the Upper Bust Once again I had to Pad out the bust area. to get 38" but the upper bust was at 35. I guess there's no strapless gowns for me.
Overall, this is a dress form to be used by me only, I would not recommend it for multiple dress sized girls as you spend allot of time measuring and padding . Just bought a dress and looks lovely on me, but with exact measurements on the dress form, NOT, I would never have bought the dress (because of the rib cage area becomes larger as you add inches to it
Hopefully the mother of the bride dress which I start next week will be OK, I have fitted the pattern to the form.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Spot on
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Spot On to a point, I had another form before and she didn't expand so wide at the rib cage when doing the waist.
Please tell us about the quality of the product. When I adjusted the neck area, one side broke off, but I ussed electrical tape to keep the neck together
Perfect for my needs. Extremely lightweight; NOT for commercial or heavy use requiring frequent adjustments to sizing, although the product will adjust to a range of measurements. The gears are PLASTIC & care is needed to make measurement adjustments. The figure form is ideal for alterations. Perfect for layout placement of swarowski stone & overlay designs. Aids in construction for 4-way stretch fabric fit involving unique cutouts to bodice design. Reviews on how to cover form with batting, your own bra & a snug Tee will improve the smoothness & limit the open space created from adjusting (increasing) form size.
How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Equal comparison
How accurate was the on site description of the product? As described - However had visited a store to see actual product
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Keep in mind the adjustable gears are PLASTIC & not too sturdy for frequent adjustments or multiple use
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