The honest (brutal) truth
Sometimes, the truth hurts. Case in point: when you pad out your new dress form so that it more closely resembles you.
Looking on the bright side though, at least when I drape now, it will actually fit me in real life. I’m gonna keep repeating that like a mantra.
I loved all the advice you all gave me on my last post about what model to get. Thank you so much! So I bet you’re wondering what I ended up buying. Well, it turns out I only had one choice with my time constraints and the fact that I needed a dress form that was lightweight and somewhat easy to transport back and forth to my draping class. Buying a dress form on-line ended up not being an option as it was not likely to arrive before my next class, let alone with time to customize it too. So, buying whatever they had at Joann’s it was. The only model that they sell at their brick and mortar stores is the Dritz My Double models. The Singer 150 dress form is only offered on-line.
I went out first thing this morning, bought it, and then spent the day padding it out. I didn’t use any fancy padding systems. I just used my measurements and cotton quilting batting my Mom had on hand. That’s it. Simple but time consuming.
Some people pointed out that when you drape, you pin at CF and CB, etc, and the adjustable forms pull apart at CF and CB, making pinning kind of impossible. So I draped my batting to cover those holes so my form would be pinnable all over.
To accommodate the curves I cut out darts in the batting as I went along.
It took a bit of jiggering back and forth to get the sizing of the base form just right and accommodate the additional width the batting added. I added an old bra and padded the cups to my size. Next up was the waist and completely obliterating its shape so that it resembles a straight cylinder. Ok, almost a straight cylinder. I also added some padding to the high hip on my back side. Oh, and let’s not forget the tummy fluff padding I added for a depressing dose of realism.
I tugged a long t-shirt onto the padded out form. Et voilá, my finished dress form.
And I bet you’re wondering how it compares to me. Well here’s a side by side.
I haven’t come up with a name for my dress form. I don’t really name my machines or anything else inanimate, so I don’t know if I will name my dress form or not. Maybe inspiration will strike later.
So now I think I’m ready for my draping class. Any constructive comments? Let me know if I’m forgetting something or should change something up. I’ve never done this before, so I’m clueless.
Off to do my draping home work now. Can’t wait for my next class.