Meet Dorothy – my floral dressmaker’s dummy

You may have noticed a certain floral addition to my sewing arsenal…

mannequin collage

Meet Dorothy, my lovely sewing assistant – or mannequin, if we’re going to be formal about it. I’m only getting around to blogging about her now because, when she first arrived, I was in the middle of a horrendous bout of tonsilitis and didn’t really care to open up the huge box she came in, let alone write about it.

I’d been mulling over buying a dummy for a while. I think every sewist can make do without one, but you can’t really deny the benefits. For example, it was so much easier to visualise the ‘80s blouse refashion after I popped her on Dorothy and had a look at how I could change up the neckline and work darts into the front. It’s just so much easier to fit a dummy with your measurements rather than become a human pincushion as you try to awkwardly make alterations while still wearing your muslin.

The body itself is split into eight parts, which can be adjusted using one of 12 wheels – three on the front and back and three on either side. If you’re thinking of buying a dummy, do check the measurements – the minimum measurements shouldn’t be bigger than yours, otherwise the mannequin is no good to you. 

Dorothy’s slightly padded, meaning I can stitch pins in on an angle. There’s also a great hem marker on the bottom – hems are my least favourite part of the dressmaking process, so hopefully it’ll come in handy.

So far, I’m a happy customer! And I just love the design on the fabric. If you want one like this, you can buy it here.

8 thoughts on “Meet Dorothy – my floral dressmaker’s dummy

  1. Helena says:

    Love it! I’m thinking a mannequin is not something you miss until you have one, and then you’ll wonder how you ever could get on without one.

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