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Dress Form Comparison Chart

WHAT IS A DRESS FORM?


A dress form is an integral part of the sewing process. It is a shaped form that mimics your own body measurements. Use it to pin on pattern pieces, test-fit seams during construction or to drape and design a garment. Fashion is easier to create and fit when the garment is in front of you! When purchasing a dress form, consider size so that the form closely matches your measurements and features, such as hem markers, off-set poles for fitting pants, and shoulder to floor height measurement.


HOW TO CHOOSE A DRESS FORM


Dritz dress forms are adjustable so you can personalize the form to match your own measurements. We have three different styles of dress forms for women, one form for a man and one for a young child (male or female). Each has different shapes and features. Tips for measuring include: 1) Wear the type of shoes and undergarments you would normally wear while taking measurements. 2) It is easiest to have a friend assist you. 3) For each measurement, the tape should be snug but not tight. 4) Choose a form that matches or is slightly smaller than your measurements — you can always pad to fit, but you can’t subtract inches from the smallest dimension.

TAKE YOUR BODY MEASUREMENTS

 

  • Measure chest over the fullest part.
  • Measure natural waist – the area where your waistband most comfortably sits.
  • Take hip measurement 7”-9” below the waistline. This should be the widest part of your hip area.
  • Measure back waist length from neck to natural waist.
  • Measure from waist to the floor. Add this to the back waist length to find the height from neck to floor.
  • Measure from the shoulder to the center of the chest (women).
  • Measure around the base of neck.
  • Measure the shoulder across the back from side to side.
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Dritz Dress Forms

Available Sizes

Small, Medium
Petite, Small, Medium, Large, Full-Figure
Petite, Small, Medium, Full-Figure
One Size - For Child Ages 6-10

One Size

Fabric Fiber Content
Foam-backed Nylon
Foam-backed Cotton/Polyester
Foam-backed Cotton/Polyester
Foam-backed Cotton/Polyester
Foam-backed Cotton/Polyester

Adjustable Areas

Neck, Bust, Waist, Back Waist Length, Hips, Height
Neck, Bust, Waist, Back Waist Length, Hips, Height
Neck, Bust, Waist, Back Waist Length, Hips, Height
Neck, Bust, Waist, Back Waist Length, Hips, Height
Neck, Bust, Waist, Back Waist Length, Hips, Height
Neck Features
Foam Pin Cushion
Wood Finial, Foam Pin Cushion
Wood Finial, Foam Pin Cushion
Pin Cushion Knob
Pin Cushion Knob
Dial Type
9 Adjustment Wheels; 2 Auto-Set Dials
Petite: 2 Adjustment Wheels; 10 Auto-Set Dials. Sm, Med, Lg & Full: 12 Auto-Set Dials
 
12 Soft-grip Adjustment Wheels
12 Soft-grip Adjustment Wheels
12 Soft-grip Adjustment Wheels
Adjustable Back Waist Length
Manual Adjustment Knob on Neck
Manual Adjustment Knob on Neck
Manual Adjustment Knob on Neck
Manual Adjustment Knob on Neck
Manual Adjustment Knob on Neck
Shaped Hips, Thigh, Bottom/Crotch

Yes

-

Yes

-

Yes

Optional Off-Set Pole for Pants

-

-

Yes

-

Yes

Pin Hem Marker

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

-

Pole & Base
Metal Pole with Measurement Markings. Plastic Base - 4 Plastic Legs
Metal Pole with Measurement Markings. Plastic Base - 3 Metal Legs
Metal Pole with Measurement Markings. Plastic Wheeled Base - 5 Locking Casters
Metal Pole with Measurement Markings. Plastic Base - 3 Metal Legs

Metal Pole. Plastic Base - 3 Metal Legs

Top of Shoulder to Floor Height Measurement

Small - 62.5"

Medium - 63"

Petite & Small - 64"

Medium - 66"

Large - 65"

Full-Figure - 66"

Center Pole: Off-set Pole:

Petite

63"

66.5"

Small

65"

74"

Medium

65.5"

75.5"

Full-Figure

64.5"

73.5"

59"

Center Pole: Off-set Pole:

62.25"

72.25"

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