Monday, March 28, 2016

Dressform Cover

Recently, I decided I wanted to design a few new garments for myself ( it has been a very long time away from that particular discipline)  I really dislike the look of the typical home sewer's dress form.....that red, those gaps and ugly dials are not a pretty sight and I find it distracting when I am trying to visualize the finished look of a garment in process. SO.....figured it was time to cover up the ugly!

I am a "make do" sort of gal, and happened to have some of this rib knit on hand, it turned out to be the perfect fabric choice for the job.  It has terrific stretch, it is nice and thick with extremely good memory to hold the shaping.

I started by simply making a "tube" and placed it on the dress form. I allowed lots extra at the bottom as I knew that I ultimately would be creating a drawstring closure to pull it all together.  I pinned the center back, stretching to get a smooth (but not too tight) fit, I pinned the shaping up at the neck and shoulder area, took it off the form.........stitched and trimmed.

....then placed it back on the mannequin repeating the process for a few refinements until I had a smooth, well fitted cover. 

Now, my garments look much better as I work on them, and the form itself is a much more pleasing sight when not in use.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Art of Fashion available!!!!!

Yahooooo!  Back in October, I told you about my involvement in this book. You can find that post here. (where you will also find links to the sites of all the authors/artists that are featured in this book.)

The release date was moved up and today is it!!!!! you might imagine.....I am super excited....I hope to get my hands on a copy very soon. The book is available at many fine book retailers as well as many online sources, including Amazon

I have been continuing to play with digital doodling (drawing on my iPad) I guess I was thinking about a "can't do without" tool in fashion creation as inspiration for this one......I still have my giant scissors....although they don't look quite like these.  :-)

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