Tuesday 29 July 2014

Form-O-Matic Dress Form

The gasping excitement upon opening the mystery box.
Just what every girl needs! a "Form-O-Matic" Dress Form. Sigh.
Not just any Dress Form, this baby has been made from 'Alpha Cellulose material impregnated (no less) with Dupont Neoprene for long life and durability.  another sigh....Someone actually thought this unit up, and manufactured it! 
The 60's &70's are responsible for some amazing product development and combinations (cardboard with neoprene? anyone). The cardboard does feel a bit like neoprene, it's rather lovely actually. In great condition considering it's age and really interesting. A bit space age 'The Jetson's' meets industrial chic.
Love the graphics too.

Ok, the concept is that you use little expanding pins to fasten all the bodice and hip areas of the stand together, which makes a 3D body model which can be set up on the accompanying stand, with tripod feet...brilliant yes?
Even more brilliant is the adjustable part of the story. "the form adjusts to regular and half sizes and many figure variations from 8 to 20 (bust sizes 30" to 41").....So Easy To Use. Even a Beginner can sew Custom-Fitting Clothes the first time.....Reduces and Gains Right Along With You. Can be used in sections or Full Figure.  Strong! Won't easily Crack, Chip or Break. Stores away easily in shelf or drawer.  More versatile than dress forms costing many times more."

My studio, unfortunately, does not 'Reduce and Gain' storage as I desire. So the 'Form-O-Matic' is for sale in my shop!  https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/198021622/vintage-adjustable-dress-form-o-matic
Discovered in the bottom of a cupboard still in its original box. All parts present and correct. 
All the Fronts and Side Fronts
All the Backs and Side Backs

1 comment:

  1. do you have any idea how to get a copy of those instructions?