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Unread 09-13-2012, 12:39 AM   #1
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Full Body Mannequin

I'm not sure we're to put this... xD But I want to buy a plastic full body mannequin, and I was wondering, is $100 a good price? I'm not sure if many people actually buy these sorts of things...
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Unread 09-15-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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like a store dummy? or the sewing variety? Either way $100 is about the minimum, store dummies can get very expensive, as can sewing forms. Do NOT get a store dummy for sewing! the proportions are all wrong and they aren't posed correctly for fitting garments.
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Unread 09-15-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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Yeah I believe full body sewing forms are...expensive. Because it's basically a dress form/torso form AND a pants form combined. And most companies sell those separately.
I think $100 is a little low for such a thing. Dressforms (the top part) alone cost 100 to 300 dollars.
Unless you want a mannequin, then that's a different story (since they're more for displaying clothes than a sewing aid)
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Unread 09-15-2012, 08:15 PM   #4
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Personally, Id get a friend to help me make a duct tape dummy. you can find instructions on-line. Then Id mount that to a pvc frame and spray with plasti-dip....with all materials you should be under 50 bucks easily
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Unread 09-16-2012, 07:07 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses, guys! ^^ But yes, like a store dummy. I wanted a mannequin just to model outfits/costumes, so I wouldn't be doing any fitting on it. I found a few on ebay for 60+40 shipping, so I was curious if that was insanely cheap and a possible scam...

I might do the duct tape dummy at one point though, I'm just worried about how well it'd stay up and all compared to a storebought one. XD
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Unread 09-17-2012, 03:58 PM   #6
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If you mean to use it to "model" clothes you make in order to show in a portfolio, look book, or other such thing, I'd certainly go with a mannequin and not a duct tape dressform. $100 is possible, but you could also go to your local department store and ask a manager if they have any fixtures for sale, which could include old mannequins. And keep an eye out for official fixture sales from smaller stores/boutiques if they move locations or go out of business.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #7
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I don't know if they ALL do this, but the Fred Meyers near me sells their old ones. They get like a chip on them or something and they get rid of them. I'm sure you can fix it with air dry clay and paint..They just don't wanna fix them so they just get more..I'm not sure on prices though ut I had a friend buy one a while back..You could ask your local one if you have one near by..Or even wal mart..They may do it too..
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I live in a big city and there is a place here that deals exclusively in used store fixtures, including mannequins, it's a ton of fun to wander through. $100 for a used one means it likely needs touching up, but is a reasonable price. $60 might be without a stand, make sure the metal plate that supports your dummy is included!

Last, I have used my sewing form as a model, never felt the need for anything more elaborate.
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Unread 09-19-2012, 12:26 AM   #9
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Thanks guys! I'll definitely check out stores then, I never thought they might get rid of them. I googled for something around my area, and found some possible choices. I'll probably give them a call. If worse comes to worse, I could buy online. xD;

I guess I wanted a full body one so I could put gloves, socks, hats and such on it. :3 I definitely need to invest in a sewing form though. I just thought it looked pretty fancy too.
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