So this is Zelda. Yeah, um, I never call her that. In fact, I don’t actually talk to my dress form. (That would be wrong. I talk to my reflection in the mirror, instead.)
A year ago, I bought the Adjustoform Supafit Deluxe Dress form. That’s a mouthful! It’s okay. If money had been no object, I’d have sprung for something much better than this – but there’s a limit to what I’m prepared to spend sometimes. I know – crazy!
So, why have I always felt vaguely disappointed in Zelda? She’s just nothing like my figure! Even when I was a pert, youthful woman, I never had bazoomas that looked like this:
Part of the issue is down to the vagaries of my own body. My chest measurements are relatively small compared to the rest of my body. I bought Zelda to suit my chest measurements (the next size up had a chest that was too big for me) but this means that the waist and hips have had to be extended to almost their maximum stretch to ‘replicate’ my actual figure. And it’s a very loose replication of my figure!
I know, I know. I could put a bra on this thing and stuff it. I could get one of those skins that you pad out. I can’t be arsed. Plus, do I honestly want a headless mummy sitting in a corner of my home? Not, really. Can you imagine the conversations with visitors? ‘Karen, there’s an approximation of your nude body watching me – it’s freaking me out.’ ‘Yeah, I know. It freaks me out, too.’
What IS Zelda good for?
She’s good for a loose check on whether or not a Work In Progress fits. When I can’t be bothered trying something on, I can at least drape it around the dress form and check that a waistband is large enough.
She’s good for hanging things on when I’m not sewing.
She’s very good for marking hem lengths with the chalk dust blower thingamebob. I specifically ordered this form for the chalk dust blower thingamebob:
She has a handy pin cushion and pin tray where her head should be:
Um. That’s about it. Oh, and she’s really light to carry – this is important as I’m constantly shoving her around the living room.
What about you? Do you have a dress form? Do you love it or loathe it? Or, like me, do you tolerate it? I wouldn’t be without one now, I just wish I liked Zelda more!