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« on: February 06, 2013 08:32:38 PM »

So , I made a duct tape dress form and I'm so impatient to use it, but I don't know how! I have started so many dresses and only finished one. I would cut out the pattern pieces and try them on, then take them off and make adjustments, try it on again, etc and eventually I got frustrat ed and quit. Now I have this lovely copy of my body to work with and don't know how to start. Should I cut a muslin using the pattern and tuck and pin until it fits? Do you know where I could get info, a website or book or whatever? Or just tell me your own experiences with dress forms, wether they were successful or not; they'll be helpful. Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013 05:04:12 PM »

I always make a muslin when making a new pattern, or adjusting a pattern I've already used.  I use my dressform to drape on to make a muslin.  Sometimes I use it to pre-fit a garment, but I always try the muslin on myself, because the form is not exactly my shape.  Even a duct tape dummy made on yourself will have become distorted and not be exactly like you, so you should always try the muslin on yourself as well as on the dummy, in my opinion.

When draping a muslin I usually just use half the dummy, if the garment is symmetrical. Then I use that half to generate a pattern from which I cut a test garment (both halves).

I might make more than one muslin to get the pattern to where I like it. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013 03:36:52 AM »

You could also use the dress form to drape and design upcycled garments- only creativity is your limit; undo 1-2 seams of an old garment, turn it around, 90 - 180 degrees and go crazy with your pins. Stitch it loosely and try it on yourself during the process, but it can really amaze you the results you get from doing it directly on a dress form  Grin
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I started with a jeans shirt, took apart the side seam, turned it 90 degrees and fastened it to the dress form. From that point onward it suddenly turned into a peplum top Smiley
Good luck, it is often the start of the project that is hard Smiley
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