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13 April 2006 @ 06:47 pm
I've wanted a dress form for quite a while. After a buttload of research (including reading every dress form review and opinion I could get my paws on), I decided on a 3/4 model from Fabulous Fit. To make a long story short: a pad-to-fit form from Fabulous Fit adjusts in ways that the standard dial-based forms cannot. It can be pinned anywhere (like on the standard seams - essential for draping - impossible with dial-based forms, which split along those lines). It squishes (essential if you want to use it to fit corsets). It did cost me about $400, including shipping, but it's going to be so worth it in the long run. It looks like one of the most affordable and versatile professional-grade dress forms out there.

I'm not sure why, but recently I've gone on a home redecoration kick. Maybe it's because we've been living here for nearly four years and the decor still screams PREVIOUS OWNERS, and their idea of decor is a far cry from mine. I like things that are simple and timeless and go well with other simple and timeless stuff. I like neutral cool colors and nature themes. Our living room looks like a Pepto Bismol explosion. I am looking into getting rid of the stodgy pink curtains in our living room. (The pink carpet is going to wait until it gets annoyingly worn. It really isn't that bad, and replacing it is a much more bothersome and expensive endeavor than I want to deal with right now, especially if I want to replace it with hardwood. People take out loans for that sort of renovation.) The windows are all weirdly sized - and the front one is about 12' wide - but I found some awesome metal decorative curtain rods at Lowe's that should adjust to all of them. (And they have spiffy finials, including acorns! Yay acorns!) I'm not sure exactly what I want for new curtains, but they'll be simple (probably tab top) and made of cat-resistant fabric. (The cats learned very quickly to stay away from the existing ones, but why tempt fate?) The weird window width isn't an issue with those sorts of curtains. I would just buy multiple panels that got slid around as needed. I don't like valances, and you don't need them with a decorative rod anyway.

The next functional change to my office should be easy. Move the wooden dresser thingy elsewhere. Measure the resultant space. Get a giant wire shelving unit that fits there. Pile my sewing machine and organized boxes of sewing materials on said shelf. Rejoice.

I hope that a rubber door stop wedged between the sliding closet doors will cat proof them well enough for the time being. Chester finally defeated the bathroom closet security system, so I have to leave the bathroom door shut 24-7 as long as I have cosplay work in the closet. Which is going to be for a few weeks. Gesso takes foreeeeever, and it turns out that it flattens the pieces as it dries, so I have to heat bend them again when I'm done. Thus, I can't even start painting the one piece that I'm done sanding. I'll have to finish all of them and do a final fitting first. Argh. At least I have 3 1/2 months to do this, the boot covers, and the feathers. It would be nice to make new claws to match, but if I don't have time, it's not a big deal. I'm still happy with my old ones, even if the paint colors aren't quite the same as those of Armor 2.0.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Erasure stuck in my head
nymphaeales on April 14th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
I've heard good things about Fabulous Fit dressforms.

I think owning a dressform would be so nifty, even though I don't really have a practical use for it. -shrug-
aitai on April 14th, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)
ooh, your new decor sounds like it'll be super nice; i can't wait to see it next time we visit!
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on April 19th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
And I can't wait to show it off! (And see you guys again, of course. =P) Josh wants to start tearing out the ugly wall on the 30th, and he says it's a three-weekend project...and the curtains can be put up in a day or two once I decide and order them...so there should be some major changes by the next time you guys head east. Do you have any idea when you might want to head east next? Other than Otakon (August 4-6) and possibly a random week in June or July (to visit my dad in NC), we'll be around.
arafel on April 19th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Schweet. I'm looking forward to the day when I have enough space to get a dressform. Lucky you!
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on April 19th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I just hope that my interior design hyperactivity is over by the time it gets here so I'll want to get back to work on my cosplay. The dressform is going to come in all sorts of handy for my upcoming projects. It will save me so much time not having to repeatedly try to put something on myself without dislodging pins. And since the form has thighs (and, therefore, a crotch, a butt, and hips), I really hope I'll be able to use it to make swimsuit bottom patterns. (Or non-stretch covers for swimsuit bottoms. I did that once by pinning muslin over a bikini while wearing it. It's a miracle I didn't stab myself in a sensitive spot.)

You'll have more space someday. ^_^ Our previous dwelling was a 500something square foot apartment. Our 1200 square foot house felt downright HYOOGE compared to that. It'll be even better when I have this room organized properly and I can keep my fabric stash all neatly hung and squished in the closet. The dressform should fit in there, too.