When you sew for yourself, you quickly encounter a problem with the very difficult fittings by yourself, hence the question we might ask, should I buy a dressmaker's form?

Same problem when working for others, between two fittings, it can be interresting to put the garment on a dressmaker's form to check the appearance.

What is the offer to individuals? Said adjustable models with inner joint systems to adapt it to its measurements. They all seem to look the same but with price differences. These can be explained by the mechanism more or less developed, reliable and / or simple in order to update measures.

You can find, in general, wheels that you can turn to move away or closer the dressmaker's form elements, to get the right measurements.

Possible settings are at the bust, waist and hips but you must realize that even though these three measurements are met, this model will never be the true representation of your body, body posture is very different from one person to another. On the other hand, some measurements are not taken into account: cross, distance chest size, shoulder length etc ...

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In conclusion, we must know how to use a dressmaker's form for what it can do for you: work a collar fitting, a sleeve fitting, take a step back to analyze the general appearance of a garment, to create a form, make a mold etc. ... But do not use it as a true representation of your own morphology, it is better to try the clothing and get help from an experienced person to solve some "good fitting" issues.

Donc avoir un mannequin réglable, c'est bien, voire indispensable si vous pratiquez une couture très créative, mais ne lésinez pas sur sa qualité, les bas de gamme auront toujours des systèmes de mise à mesures moins solides et plus aléatoires. Autre inconvénient, qu'il faut savoir, ces mannequins sont constitués d'une coque dure sous le tissu extérieur ce qui exclu d'y planter des épingles.

So having a adjustable dressmaker's model, is nice, it could be even necessary if you practice a very creative fashion, but do not skimp on quality, low-end systems will always be weaker and more uncertain. Another drawback that you need to know: these models consist of a hard shell under the outer fabric which excluded to plant pins in it.

Quality dressmaker's model example.