general adventures in craftiness

Monday, March 03, 2008

Dressed Form

Here's a dress that I draped this weekend. Originally, I had sketched out more of a shift style dress that had a small amount of gathering under the empire waist. However, when I draped that and sewed up my muslin, it didn't look quite right. So, during my second round of draping, I ended up adding a gathered skirt all around. I wanted this to be a retro-styled day dress and I think the gathered skirt is reminiscent of that. I plan to use these fabrics that I bought a while back for the final dress, but I need to sew another muslin first to check for fit.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Merry Christmas to Me!

I got this new dress form in the mail yesterday! I'm pretty excited because now I can do actual pattern draping. These are the same forms we used in draping class. The shoulders are collapsible, the height is adjustable, and it's on casters. I have an older dress form, but it's really a mannequin; I can pin on it, but it doesn't have all the proper seam lines and such, so I decided that I needed to invest in a real dress form. I also got the arm for free as part of my purchase. I was looking to buy my form from Rox Studio, which has extremely reasonable prices for these kinds of forms, but then I found their eBay store. There were a couple of forms for sale and I made an offer and got it for a little less than the retail price on their website.

PS Here's a great post on Fashion-Incubator regarding dress forms.