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kiwianne | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi there from faraway New Zealand

I want to buy a dress form and can only look in envy at what is available in the US.  My choices here are limited and one I am considering is a Singer 151 which is posted on our local equivalent of eBay and therefore not available for viewing.  It has 12 adjustable dials but the adjustment I am most interested is one that will allow for increasing the front bustline for a DD bra cup.

I’ve read the Threads article in Issue 123 and it was helpful, but what I am really looking for is someone who has one of these Singer forms and who can give me a recommendation or otherwise.

All input greatly appreciated.

Regards, Anne




  1. GranJanice | | #1

    Hi - I read that article in Threads too.  That helped me decide on a dress form. I only have a 34B bust so I was able to get one that Threads suggested (the picture of the blue one that was on the front cover)  Like you, there wasn't anyplace around here - even in the U.S. where I live to purchase a good one.  JoAnn Fabrics did offer them on line though.  I chose to purchase mine through Nancy Zieman website.  I am very happy with it and any quality of things I purchase from there.  It has adjustable dials too.  Check both sites to see if they have what you are looking for. http://www.nancyziemans.com  and http://www.joanfabrics.com   Make sure it is the one that fits your cup size and that you can adjust it to that.  I wish I could be of more help.

    1. kiwianne | | #4

      Many thanks, Granjanice.  How lucky you are to be a nice standard size.  See my reply to Cherrypops for what happened in the end.

      1. GranJanice | | #6

        Hi Kiwianne, Have fun with your new dress form. 

  2. Cherrypops | | #2

    Hello Kiwianne,

    I have the singer 150. small/medium. Bust 84 - 100cm (33 -39"). It was on sale at Lincraft 1/2 price.

    http://www.sewing.com.au/ have them. They are on the Gold Coast Queensland. They Deliver Worldwide. Secure checkout. Send them an email asking about adjustment for DD Cup and for postage quote. Ebay may work out cheaper for you.

    CherryP (Sydney)

    1. kiwianne | | #3

      Thanks, Cherrypops.  I managed to convince the agent selling these dress forms to let me come and have a look.  In the end I bought the 151 and now have to slowly work through the extremely limited instructions to make the necessary adjustments.  Something to do when I am feeling calm and rational with plenty of time, I think.


      1. Cherrypops | | #5

        Thanks for letting me know. Glad I could help. Once you get the settings right, you'll enjoy your new mate. CherryP

  3. Fruzzle | | #7

    It has 12 adjustable dials but the adjustment I am most interested is one that will allow for increasing the front bustline for a DD bra cup.

    I'm not sure if you can increase cup size on your dress form, but remember that she can always wear a bra with a bit of padding inside.

    1. kiwianne | | #8

      Thanks, Fruzzle.  I am beginning to think that is going to be the best way and have an old bra that I kept just in case I had to do this.

  4. HR | | #9

    Expanding the bust of a dress form will expand the width of the front and the depth through the body under the arm. The cup size does not alter. The simplest and most accurate way would be to use a bra on the form  that fits you and 'stuff' it with toy filler or something similar. Check that the bust point is the correct depth from the shoulder and that all other measurements are the same as you. Shoulder width, chest and across back must be right and from there you will be able to fit to your heart's content.



    1. kiwianne | | #10

      Many thanks HR.  I was coming to that conclusion myself as the instruction booklet just divide total measurement by four which is just useless for a good fit across the bust.

    2. Rachaels | | #11

      I have the dritz my double petite. My measurements fluctuate but I'm still really petite so I needed an adjustable dress form. I was thinking of all the options and even tried some of them but since my measurements change often none of them worked but an adjustable form. The my driz double is much better than the driz twin fit. The twin-fit is not as sturdy at all the pole will often break through the neck. The singer model is also good. I did not opt for this because they did not have a petite XS. You should pad your dress form.
      I don't use polly toy filling.
      I have a turtle neck dance body suit I used to cover my dress form. I sewed large button holes where the dials are so I can move the dials while it covered. It also has a snap crotch so it fits over the dress form pole. I also sewed in pockets in areas that might need padding. I use foam bra cups and foam shoulder pads and put them in the areas (the bust and butt) that might need padding. I purchased the foam bra cups at jo-ann store. They give it a more realistic look that the polly fill and they don't move too much and are more realistic. They have different sizes as well. It's similar the fabulous fit system at a more fabulous price.

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