Simplicity was using a lot of digital color mapping when I made this set of fleece jumpsuits, so they asked me make them GREEN. I got a great price on the fabric. This green wasn't too popular and it was greatly reduced at Joann's!
She is high end, a Wolf form that cost me $300 or $400 dollars at the time. Something like $900 now. She was a size 10 then, but would be about a size 6 now ... vanity sizing!!!
I will NEVER sell her. She is my alter ego.
But in 1992 I moved my workroom into a shared artist loft space near our apartment and one of the first things I did was buy this size 10 child, again from Wolf. This time Simplicity placed the order to make sure it was made to official Simplicity measurements. They ordered - I paid - $800 for it, About $1,500 today.
Then after we moved to Maryland in 1993, I bought the kid size 4, also made to Simplicity specifications.
All the dressforms up to this point have been the rock hard paper mâché kind covered with linen. Great for pattern draping.
BUT, they are not corsetable. All the serious re-enactors and historic clothing enthusiasts wanted patterns that were more authentic. And since the Renaissance was always my thing, I was asked to make an "as authentic as possible in the Simplicity system" pattern for the kind of dress Ann Boleyn would have worn. I needed a form that I could squish into that flat front shape the Tudors and Elizabethans wore.
So, I bought a Uniquely You foam dressform.
They are foam with a canvas cover that you fit to the size you need! A good choice if you want an affordable form.
So then when I was asked to make a corset with bust cups for the fashion department in regular misses AND plus size, I bought a larger Uniquely you form and fit the canvas form so it was exactly Simplicity's sample size for the Women's patterns.
This is the Amazing Fit Corset. I find that name kind of embarrassing. It still needs careful measuring and fitting. But, I did my best to make a pattern that would be easy to fit.
So, if you live in the Washington DC area and are interested in owning any of these forms, I will be selling them at very fair prices. I want them in good homes.
Matilda is not for sale. Neither is the toddler doll I made nor the dog. Everything else is though.
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