I recently started using a dress form, and I really like it. I used to always just keep trying on things and looking in the mirror, but the whole getting dressed, getting undressed, trying on, getting undressed, getting dressed again- well that can get exhausting! (Actually, if no one was home, and I was at that point where I knew I would have to be trying things on a lot, I would just sew in my underwear- LOL!) But no more, now that I have my dress form!
BUT- they can be rather expensive though. So, I wanted to clue you all in on a super cheap alternative. The national women's clothing chain stores CJ Banks and Christopher and Banks are updating their mannequins, and selling off their old ones that have a definite look of a dress form.
They are selling the ones on a stand for $20, and the table top models for $10. Each store has a lot of these to get rid of- our stores had about 20 at each store. I understand that the whole chain is doing this, so if you have one in your region, they either have already received theirs, or will be soon.
They told me that they use a size 8 garment on the smaller ones and a size 1X garment on the larger ones. They aren't adjustable. I think that the body is some type of styrofoam and they have a muslin-shaded knit cover. The base is solid wood and is very pretty. The CJ ones are really tall which is nice for tall women. I'm guessing they are set at about 6 feet tall. The Christopher and Banks ones were considerably shorter- probably around 5 feet 4. I know that I was looking downward at them, and I'm 5 '9", but I didn't get one of those to take home.
I can definitely stick pins in them, and they make that styrofoam-y scratchy sound when the pins go in. I'm guessing that if your measurements don't match, that you could either pad it or if you are brave, do some sculpting to make one smaller. At this price, it's worth a try!
I picked up two. I think these will go fast, as they are very nice for display as well, so if you need a dress form for cheap, and have these stores in your area, then give them a call!