Acme Dress Form Advertisement

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Friday, July 10 – Saturday, July 11, 1914:  Forgot the particulars of these days.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (February, 1914)

Source: Ladies Home Journal (February, 1914)

 Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write any specific for this date, I’ll share an advertisement that I found for Acme Dress Forms. I knew a few people who had dress forms when I was a kid. Does anyone have them anymore?

25 Responses

  1. I actually own a dress form right now but would love to have the one you pictured. I do a lot of sewing and am probably more of a tailor but love to have a garment on my form that I can see and admire. Wish I could have the one above!!!

    • It’s awesome that you have a dress form, You must be a very skilled seamstress. I bet that you make some beautiful outfits.

  2. These days you can make a perfect replica of your body with duct tape! Check this out!
    Diana xo

  3. Wow, over one hundred adjustments, I have sewed without a dress form.

  4. Helena is really dropping the ball lately! Lazy days of summer?

  5. My daughter and I made one using the duct tape method described by dianaschwenk. She’s much older now, so it’s fun to compare how much her little torso has grown and changed.

  6. Our granddaughters are mini dress designers of sorts & use modern dress forms. They are many places that have new versions, but would be grand to have an antique Acme.

  7. My daughter-in-law is a fashion designer and has a dress form of some soft-surface black material…these antique ones are much nicer!

  8. So cool. Reminds me of my grandmother. Not the form, the idea of it haha.

  9. It sounds like Grandma was too tired to think. Bless her heart.
    A lot of the women back then did some sort of needlework or sewing, I wonder if your Grandma had a dress form.
    I always wanted a dress form. I’ve got it in my mind that I may try and make one someday using the duct-tape idea, but I probably won’t.

  10. Grandma must have been having some busy days, and going back to write in her diary at a later date.

  11. I don’t still have one, but I did back in the 60s. I wish I had it now just so I could check to see how much my figure has changed, not that I’d expect good news.

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