Meet my “Mini Me”!
Hi, my name is Kelly, and I’m a clothing nerd.
So much so, that I’ve been on a search for a dress form for what seems like ages. Not for sewing…no, no…just a cute little thing to model my clothes and look adorable in my bedroom.
I don’t know why…maybe because I never really played with Barbies as a kid, so it’s coming out in my adult years as a need to dress a life-size doll. Or maybe I secretly wish I had a petite counterpart to share clothes with. Either way, I’ve been obsessed with the idea for years.
I’m also very particular. It had to be my size (so it can wear my clothes, duh!), and it had to be a vintage or classic style.
Of course, dress forms are available all over the place, like on Craigslist and eBay, but not in any size even remotely close to my measurements. In fact, the only petite dress form I’ve ever seen with my measurements was this one that Petite XXS bought last year.
But I didn’t want a modern sewing form…I wanted as close to a vintage style as I could get. So my search continued…
Then, while surfing the web one day, I happened to stumble upon this:
Female Petite Dress Form from The Classic Collection Clothing Forms. Size 0/1. The petite dress form measurements are: Bust size 30, waist 22, hips 31, and height of 24 1/2″.
Whoa! Does that say the measurements are 30-22-31? And for only $79? SOLD!
Boyfriend was nice enough to pick it up as my Christmas present, and she finally arrived last week. She fits my petite clothing perfectly, and I’m sure will be making quite a few appearances on the blog.
I wish the neck block I really wanted was available, but, like most things in life, they didn’t come in petite sizes, so she had to settle for the boring flat disk one. I can relate!
She’s not a perfect vintage style, but isn’t she cute? I think I’ll name her Stacy (hehe…get it?).
Interested in making your own dress form from a plaster cast mold of yourself? Jezebel has a DIY for that!
On a side note…I’ve been very curious as to the measurements of those mannequins inside J.Crew stores. They look so tiny, and the clothes always have inches of fabric pinned behind them. Are there any savvy J.Crew employees reading this who might know? I’ve been temped to whip out my measuring tape inside J.Crew, but I’m not thick skinned enough to brave the embarrassment of getting thrown out by a teenager in a sweater vest…
Does anyone have a vintage or classic style petite dress form with similar measurements? I’d love to hear where you got it!