"Sew What Skirts!", I discovered how important a dress form can be for those back end darts. Not a brand new book on the market but it is one that has received many nice reviews. It was midnight and I was surfing the "buy ways"of the internet when I remembered this book. It was one of those impulsive moments that just happens - Add to My Cart! So glad that I did.
The measurements and method worked perfectly in the drafting of the patterns but the final fit without a dress form and no assistant was challenging and took longer than necessary. (Note to self: research dress forms.)
I have been spoiled for years with having my own sloper, thanks to the folks at Wild Ginger and their Pattern Master Software. However, it really would be nice to have a stand up model to embellish the garments created. I considered making another sloper dress to wrap up in duct tape. I couldn't possibly consider wrapping up my original memento of the training weekend at Wild Ginger.
After much research (Sunday morning), I decided it would be fun to make my own dress form. I realize that making a dress form out of duct tape is not new, but there are new sewers emerging everyday. And my husband loves duct tape, and could certainly help with this. I just showed him the dress form project and asked if he thought he could do this? (Tip for getting an assistant: challenge questions work best.) So now I have a one time assistant. My thoughts are, if I find myself using the soon to be created dress form on a regular basis then I will invest in a custom professionally made form at PGM or perhaps somewhere else that gets high ratings. Right now 3 rolls of duct tape sounds easy and quite cost effective.
There are many great videos on how to make a custom dress form. But this one caught my eye as being clear and concise. I never considered the duct tape method, but that little skirt book has made me rethink how handy it would be. I think mine will just be plain old silver duct tape, but JoAnn Fabrics does have fancy tapes as well. I might have a pin-able dress form in my future, if this homemade version proves useful . Good luck to all those who try it and if you have made one, any pointers are always appreciated! ~ Cookie (cookiescreations.com)