I cut out the pattern pieces from the sheet, then cut each pattern piece from muslin. I duplicated all markings by tracing with a serrated tracing wheel and double sided tracing paper, then went over each marking with a sharpie.
The sharpie bled through the thin muslin (just a note for future reference), so I marked each individual piece over sheets of newspaper.
I thought about tissue fitting, but decided against it because I am a little heavy-handed clumsy and would rip the pattern to shreds before I got anything accomplished. I while ago I bought a 25-yd bolt of $o.99 muslin from Joann's at 50% off and it is perfect for this occasion.
The next step is to re-record my measurements & pin fit. I'm thinking that even if I can't make the form model me exactly, at least I will get a good lesson on how to fit, which will only benefit me.
Again, the pattern I am using is McCall's 2718 in size 14 by Palmer/Pletsch the Fit for Real People people and has great instructions, but just in case, I have additional resources gathered:
Fast fit by Sandra Betzina
Photocopied excerpts from The Perfect Fit
Fitting your figure by Threads
Other fitting shell/basic patterns patterns that would be good for a fancy cloth form.
- Kwiksew 2554 has princess seams!
- Kwiksew 2499 fitted vest
- Vogue 1004
- Butterick 5746
- Don't forget to look for vintage!
Here is a skirt I made (again) a couple of weeks ago, I wore it Tuesday. McCalls 5530.