My ASG Sew Chicago group just did a weekend workshop with Jean Haas. She taped us...and being of a curious mind, I asked her many questions. I can tell you that she has been perfecting her process for a long time. She knows which duct tape works best and how to criss-cross the tape, so that when she cuts you out of your base turtleneck, you have an exact, muffintop-for-flab double. I realized then WHY
I have fit issues in certain places.
You can make your own base. I made my own...and added my own decoration by painting the base and making it a pin cushion. I made my base to sit on another circle that I attached locking wheels to make it easier to roll around my apartment. Here are some pictures, http://www.flickr.com/photos/20880491@N06/sets/72157624233613004
Our blog (http://sewchicago.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/new-fitting-buddies
) has some pictures. Here are additional pictures from the two days, http://www.flickr.com/photos/20880491@N06/sets/72157624233543062
The whole experience was great. At the end of the second day, when we had the design lines on, Jean also showed us how we can lay our necklaces on our dressform to design new necklines to showcase our jewelry.
So, for me, it was well worth the cost.