Thursday, February 7

Obsession progress

I started on the dressform/fitting shell last night project. I will try to remember to record each milestone. So far here is my progress...

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.
  1. Kwiksew 2554 has princess seams!
  2. Kwiksew 2499 fitted vest
  3. Vogue 1004
  4. Butterick 5746
  5. 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.


Elaray said...

I am fascinated by the dressform/fitting shell project. Keep posting about it, please. I can't wait to see the finished product.

gold said...

I can't wait to see your dressform when it's done.That skirt is to cute!!

Kelroc said...

Nice skirt. Can't wait to see the dress form when you finish.

Cennetta said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely follow her progress.

Nice skirts. It's a winner. Looks great on you.

artist1lisa said...

I love that skirt.Cool boots too.

Vicki said...

Unfortunately your pictures won't load for me tonight, but I am interested to see how you go. I am working on the Vogue fitting program along with FFRP. I am at a standstill at the moment as it just takes so long!!!! But you sure do learn a lot about your figure. Good luck.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very nice skirt.It fits you well.
I too am looking foward to your fitting shell posts. Good Luck :)