As any woman who has ever had a baby can tell you, our bodies are not rubber bands, and they don’t bounce back right away. It’s almost funny (almost) how many men seem to really think that: enter hospital pregnant, have baby, leave hospital in pre-pregnancy clothes. If only.
Five months ago, we brought home our fourth baby. And five months later, I’m still not wearing my pre-pregnancy size. It’s not that I think I’m fat–mostly, I’m struggling to fit into clothes that I really like, and I feel super bummed that nothing in my closet flatters me right now. I know that all those fashion reality shows tell us to buy clothes for the body we have today and not the body we hope to have when we’ve lost the weight we’re planning to lose–and I think the philosophy is sound, that we’ll be more motivated to watch what we eat and exercise if we feel pretty and confident in our clothes–but if you sew your own clothing, that’s sort of a huge commitment, making a whole new temporary wardrobe. Not to mention that I’ve hoarded some of these fabrics forever, and I’d rather not use them up on things that may or may not fit me a year from now.
So right now, I’ve been working with a lot of knits, things that I have some hope of fitting into now and that will fit me again later, after nursing is done and I’ve had a chance to get running again. But I kinda feel as though I’m not using my time wisely: I could totally be working on long-term projects that will be investment pieces later, especially with all the fabulous wools I’ve got stashed away and fall coming fast. If only I had a double of me, a copy of my body the way it was/will be, someone to model the projects I’m sewing when I can’t…
Enter: the Dress Form. I think for a lot of folks who are new to sewing, this can seem like the official Badge of Sewmanship, the iconic piece of equipment that marks you as One Who Sews. For me, it’s more like the Holy Grail, and I’ve been wanting to get one for aaaages. But never quite knew which one to get. I’ve done the Duct Tape Dress Dummy before, but it was killed in the Great Flood that ate my basement, and I think if I’m going to the trouble, I’ll just pop for the real deal this time.
So today, a round-up of the candidates as I narrow down my search and get ready to commit to a dress form. Because I have big plans, I tell you, and I want the right lady friend to put them on.
On the whole, these dress forms range from $99 up to $750, with most falling in the $200-$300 range. It’s almost certainly a birthday/Christmas/Valentine’s Day combo gift for most of us–the kind of thing that you swear up and down if you get it you won’t expect a single other present the WHOLE YEAR. And you mean it.
For myself, I’m still on the fence. I think I’d like to lose the ten-ish pounds I’m still feeling not that great about, and then spring for one of these bad boys. Until then, I’m enjoying some window shopping, and imagining how much more productive I’ll be once I have my very own double in the studio.