Miss Bedelia was originally shipped with an instruction booklet, which I was lucky to find on eBay. It’s got very complete directions for fitting the dress form, and is, all in all, a marvel of clear English. Which is more than I can say for any other instruction manual I’ve seen in, say, the last 30 years or so.
Here’s the cover:
Page One, emphasizing the wide variation of suitable sizes (including the suggestion that “Aunt Jane” may be “a size or two, or even three, larger than you”:
Page Nine (to be done before the steps on page eight), checking Aunt Jane’s posture to ensure it’s duplicated correctly:
Miss Bedelia was unfortunately parted from her internal rods at some point in her life. I am still debating how, and if, I need/want to replace them, since I suspect there is little or no chance of finding anything like them at this point. Unless, of course, a miracle occurs, and I run across them in someone’s old donated sewing supplies at a thrift shop. Here’s what they look like, in a bit more detail:
If you want extra sliding rods for “My Double” they are available at 20 [whoa — there’s no cent sign on my keyboard! talk about extinction! — ok, read that as ‘twenty cents’] each.
That’s the kind of time machine I’m interested in — the one that lets me order from the past!