We drove up to New Jersey, just outside of New York City, to Wolf Forms. I wore my stripey dress.
While I was measured, Howie wandered around the shop and charmed the ladies.
He always asked first if they were OK with being photographed. As you can see, the people are friendly and seem to enjoy showing what they do.
It doesn't take a lot of imagination to come up with jokes.
Oh look below - there's my dress form on the top right! Ha ha, just kidding.
Oh wait, this is it! No, just kidding (again).
This dress form (above) has a story. The short version is that the form has become a permanent fixture in the shop. It was paid-in-full years ago, but the customer never arranged to have it shipped to her. The long version is a little more colorful :)
Now, I know the most interesting thing would be to see the measurements and information that Burt recorded. But I was so busy standing with good posture that I was not able to collect information at the same time. Plus, I felt shy and introverted today for some reason. Sometimes that happens. The good news is that I recognized all the numbers - today's measurements were consistent with the numbers I see on a regular basis as I sew my own clothing. (whew! I felt quite relieved about that!)
Measurements are recorded on a paper form that includes line drawings of a human body. Burt sketched in bits of detail, and made notes to record information about the shape of the body. Also, he takes Polaroid pictures of front, side and back with the person standing in front of a grid on the wall. This shows body asymmetries easily. People do buy dress forms without going to the shop. It is possible to be measured by a local tailor or dressmaker and fax the order. He also asked if I want to come back for another fitting, midway through the process, to fine tune posture. It is not a requirement - even the muslin was not a requirement. But if they think they can do a better job with more information, then, sure, I will provide whatever they want. When it's finished, I'll go and pick it up - that will save a few hundred dollars in crating & shipping.
All in all, quite a nice little trip.
:) Happy Sewing!