The dorkiest of impulse buys

So today I went out to look for buttons, and ended up coming back with a dress form. You know, like you do.

But shall I name her?

Although in my defense, I’ve been wanting one for a while to help me out with photos and measuring, and it was on for half price, and what else could I do but buy it, really. (And I even got buttons, too.)

I suppose this is the sort of item one tends to name. Must ponder that, as I return to finishing up things to model on her. Happy weekend of knitting!


  1. Amazing. I would definitely love a dress form! I’ll have to add it to the list.

  2. I will buy one someday. I don’t think its dorky at all!

  3. I have my mom’s old form. It’s probably vintage 50’s and let’s just say I’m a little fluffier than the largest size back then. Still, I love her. Don’t forget to name her – mine is Lola πŸ˜‰

  4. Robyn in Stoney Creek · ·

    Where did you go? Half price! Can’t walk past that! Looking forward to seeing alot of her in the future ! btw My mom had one when I was growing up – I believe her name was Dolly – really original I know!

  5. Not dorky at all! Very useful. Give her a hat, and a name.

  6. I bought one too just recently. All I’ve used it for so far is to photograph my Ishbel. I love it! You’ll enjoy it for sure!

  7. Welcome to the “Dolly” club!

    And wait…are those copies of Viper Pilots I see floating around on the floor? πŸ˜‰

  8. I keep a list of tools I want to buy in my Blackberry Notes. (is that dorky enough?) Top of the list is a dress form. I need to scour ebay…

  9. ladyoctavia · ·

    πŸ™‚ She will need a name indeed.

    (I almost bought one of the smooshy ones once… the kind that you adjust to your actual dimensions and mimic body fat…)

  10. Half off, fabulous score!

  11. I would name her Thumbellina but that’s just me! Awesome score!

  12. Congrats! Every creative type should have one (or more…) I vote for a futuristic/ alienesque name as she has knobs (no not THOSE kind of knobs).

    knit on!

  13. Oh, wonderful! Where did you find her? – I have always wanted one…

  14. Julia in KW · ·

    I was actually dreaming about getting one last night. I have a sweater to sew up right now (I hate this part) and thought that the dress form might make certain parts of it easier…anything that helps, I say! Where did you get yours?

  15. barefootrooster · ·

    oooh, a dress form AND a great deal. well done. i love this picture — the piles of yarn makes me happy. did you get any interesting comments when you took the dress form home on the bus?

  16. Think of the fun you can have keeping her dressed. A fashion statement for each season, perhaps. A costume at Halloween, or perhaps communicate your naughty side with a some sexy lingerie. The possibilities are endless….

  17. I love it. I want one too but don’t sew so don’t know why really!

  18. That is not a dorky purchase, it is wonderful. I’m always looking at sales and flea markets in hopes of getting one at a really good price.

  19. Of course you have to name her! How else can you tell her apart from the others? Oh, wait…. maybe that’s just me! πŸ˜‰

    My (very old) one is named Elsie — not sure why, it just seemed to fit. No knobs, but sliding parts that are secured with wing nuts on the inside. You can actually make the waist longer or shorter, and the chest wider (although not actually *bigger* in the bust, ’cause she’s not that kind of girl), and same with the hips. I can’t imagine anyone actually resembling her, and her covering is really worn, but she works nicely for the times I need to have something vertical to work on it. (I am a custom seamstress.)

    Also have one of the squishy ones, and probably have had for … 10 years?! E-gads!! I *still* need to have someone fit the stupid cover on me, so I can’t comment on how she works for me personally. I can say that we used one in the Costume Shop in school for when we were working on corseted items. ‘Cause you can corset the squishy ones like you can a real person. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, congratulations on the addition! Dress forms are not the answer to everything, but they are DARN good at what they are the answer to.

  20. Not dorky, but very funny. Most people don’t come home with a dress form as a spontaneous purchase. Awesome! I would like to have one too someday. Enjoy her. She definitely needs a name. πŸ™‚

  21. I think that’s a great buy. I have been looking one too & hope to find a bargain one day.

  22. What a great purchase…and half price at that…yeah! I’ve always wanted one, but I can’t recall even seeing any in stores. She looks like a “Maggie” to me…but I’m sure you’ll find your own wonderful name for her! Enjoy!

  23. Glenna –
    I almost forgot to tell you…do you read the “raineysistersblog”? Gorgeous knitting…and Sally has a dress form that she uses all the time to help with the fitting of her knitting…her name is Lucy! You made such a smart purchase…and you’ll be together forever!

  24. I have wanted one of those for the longest time…and I have zero use for one, really, as I’ve quit sewing, and have yet to knit anything (like, oh, a sweater!) that I could use it for. Still, I want one. Congrats!

  25. There was nothing else to be done, really. That’s how I ended up with a mannequin leg in my craft room. You know, for modeling socks!

  26. I have been trying to decide what form to buy- what is the brand of this form? It looks great!

  27. I’ve wanted a dress form for a loooong time. Half price – I’d have brought one home too. What brand is it and where did you get this one, if you don’t mind my asking?

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