It seems that the norm is for sewists to name their forms, so meet Cecily! I've always loved the name since first hearing it in The Importance of Being Earnest, but since it means "blind" I would never saddle a child with that name. However, blind is definitely a fitting name for a headless piece of foam. Which is what she is.
|Disturbingly puke-colored foam, too.|
When I got home, I immediately stripped Cecily of her meager clothing and washed it (by hand, in cold water, getting scratched by the metal zipper). There are still some questionable stains (actually, probably just from the foam adhesive) on her side, but it's good enough. The cover was definitely altered from the factory size by whoever owned Cecily previously, leaving her bust area a little lumpy. Still, I'm glad that I don't have to alter a cover.
I tried on a couple of my more form-fitting dresses on Cecily to see how she held up. First up: a sheath dress. It looks fine at first glance, but then I discovered some weird gaping at the underarm.
I also tried my bustier-esque dress on her, but that fit perfectly with no gaps. Hmm. Well, I guess I'll just have to watch out for that when making dresses on her. Just goes to show that a form is no substitute for actually trying things on a real body?
I can't wait to try her out with my next dress (I've already used her for a tissue fitting, and let me say that it is extremely useful to have a pinnable body double), but before that, I have a bunch of pants to hem.