Monday, March 30, 2015

A dress form, and other thrills

On St. Patrick's Day I was given a dress-form from my brother and sister-in-law. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was hoping to save up for one, so this came as a most beautiful and unexpected surprise.

For the first few days I could only stare at it in wonder. Then I thought I'd better try it out. So I bought some padding and tried to make it more fitting to my shape.

Isn't it a beauty?

This is before I properly padded the form, but with my mock-up/ top layer of my 18th century stays tried on.

While I am sewing up the layers of my 18th century stays, however, I have already put my new dress-form to another use: to better fit my bib-front Regency gown. I've done some work on the skirt, but need to pick apart that ghastly, loose bodice entirely! 

The dress-form padded & with my short-stays on, over which I've put my dress. 

I'll keep you posted - hopefully this dress will look a lot better the next time you see it! 


  1. What a thrill. You'll learn more and more how to use it with experimentation and practice. How generous your sister-in-law and brother were!

  2. That's great! I bet that dress form has already been an immense help for you. I can't wait to see your dress after you fix it!