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This lovely lady entered my home this weekend

WendyW

This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« on: May 20, 2019, 17:08:00 PM »
Meet Matilda! She came home from my inlaw's house this weekend. When my hubby was a teen, he used her to hold his ROTC uniform, and in his memory she was never used to fit any garment. His mother hated sewing, though she had a machine, and surely was taught to sew as a girl. When I explained that she was adjustable to size and I wanted her, he was surprised. I don't know that I can make her fit me. She's currently much smaller than I am, and was built for a much smaller population. It's entirely possible that attempts at adjustment will cause her to fall apart. At the very least she will be an interesting and decorative addition to my sewing room.

Matilda by CraftymamaMN, on Flickr

Marniesews

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2019, 18:54:51 PM »
My mum had something similar but I was so freaked out as a teen by the lumpy bumpy vision of me when she put the jersey cover over it that I didn't claim it when she was clearing out decades ago.

I'm sure she appreciates your thoughtful addition of a head.  0_0
Aka Jacky F in a former life...

WendyW

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2019, 19:28:59 PM »
I believe the head was added by my husband to he'd have a place to put his hat with the uniform. I've been thinking about if I want to add a face and wig.

Surest1tch

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2019, 19:36:47 PM »
Oh my, I used to have one just like that minus the head, I loaned it to a friend who was involved in putting some sort of costume display on at the local church. It never found its way back to me  :'(

Efemera

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2019, 19:54:50 PM »
I have one the same...you put it on and stretch out the wires and mould it around yourself.Mine was tiny but it stretched enough..I’m size 18/20.

WendyW

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2019, 20:29:27 PM »
I stretched out just the bottom this morning to make sure it would stretch far enough, and just finished stretching the whole thing.  It does fit around me, and now I just need to line up help to fit her to me.

CCL

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2019, 21:30:22 PM »
I am so envious!  My grandmother had one and I always wished it had made its way to me.   Wonder if anyone makes something similar these days.

BrendaP

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2019, 22:18:52 PM »
You can always pad out a dummy to make it bigger - though you would of course loose much of Matilda's charm if you did that.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Elnnina

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2019, 11:08:00 AM »
I used to have one of those many years ago and ironically I named her Matilda as well.  Sadly the wire dress dummy is long gone, my neighbour saw this and asked if she could have this and used it to put over her salad growing bed.  My current dress stand is still called Matilda - do not know why I chose this name, but it has just stuck.  Enjoy creating with your Matilda.

Surest1tch

Re: This lovely lady entered my home this weekend
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2019, 17:39:37 PM »
I am so envious!  My grandmother had one and I always wished it had made its way to me.   Wonder if anyone makes something similar these days.

Sadly they don't, I've tried to find another one for years, even 2nd hand on ebay etc 😢