Uniquely You Dress Forms
My original plan was to buy a Dritz My Double Deluxe from Joann.com when they were on sale for an outrageously low price before Christmas. We didn't get around to it, though, so they are no longer on sale. With the 40-percent off coupon that Joann has perpetually going, they'd be about $150, free shipping. This is only a little bit more than they'd been before Christmas, but was still disappointing. I'd heard some pretty bad reviews of them as well, so maybe it's for the best.
I've been doing my homework tonight, and I discovered that Uniquely You dress forms could be had for substantially less than the My Double Deluxe, and far less than it usually retails (list price $229). I'd love to have a Uniquely You form: They're what quite a few historical costumers (that's me!) recommend, and the adjustable bust string is immensely appealing.
For the curious, Uniquely You dress forms are currently available from Atlanta Thread & Supply for $129.99. (It's really $139.99, because they add $10 for shipping over their regular shipping charge.) They're also available from AllBrands for $119.
I do have a few questions, though, and would love to have some feedback from those who have a Uniquely You dress form. Input from short, busty ladies who do historical costuming is especially welcome.
1. I'm short (5'2") and have a petite frame. Let me qualify that -- I have a petite frame, but have huge boobs and hips to match, and my back measurement is pretty narrow. My back shoulder point to point is only 13.5". My measurements otherwise are:
I was planning on buying a size Medium dummy with a size 9 cover. I'm not sure that the shoulders will be delicate enough for me. Any input on picking a size? Would I be better off purchasing a smaller size and padding out the bits to match my measurements? Or should I buy a Medium/Large and just fit the waist to me? Will it compress that extra inch?
2. Does anyone receive the AllBrand newsletter with coupons? Do the coupons usually apply to all the products on the site, or are they product specific? If I can knock more off the price there, I'll just wait for the newsletter to come before ordering.
3. How easily corsetable are these dummies? I've heard it can be done with extreme persuasion. I'd be using it principally for Tudor and Victorian costumes. I'd eventually like to do some 18th-century stuff as well. (Yeah, no disparity in silhouette there! *rolleyes*) Should I just buy extra covers and fit them to myself while wearing the corsets for each era? My Victorian waist measurement is between 26 and 28 inches -- does that push me back to buying a size Medium?
4. I'm also looking for completely honest evaluations of this product. Most of the reviews I've read have been so glowing they were a little hard to believe. The only drawbacks I've seen were that the cover is fiddly to fit and that the stand is a little lightweight. Does it come with a hem marker, by any chance? Is it easy to adjust for height?
I really can't wait to feel up this dummy, as obscene as that sounds. Supposedly the breasts feel realistically squishy.