Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Lessons, Sewing | Comments Off on DIY Dressform – Part 3

Okay, this is it! Today, you’re going to turn the pattern you made from your body double into an actual dressform! I won’t lie, this has some really difficult sewing portions and stuffing it to look right will take a bit of time. Be patient with yourself, and take your time.

Today is also the first time you’re going to see what I refer to as my “drawing skills”. I thought because all the colours were so similar that it’d be easier if I drew it out and coloured each piece differently so that you could see them easier. Unfortunately, I’m not a great artist, so work with me here.

First, you’re going to lay out the pattern you made last time with the pieces going against the grain. This makes it so the pieces won’t stretch very much. I forgot to do that and mine got a little more plumper than I meant it to. Lay out everything except for your arm pieces. (Please remember you can click on any picture for a larger view.)

pattern layoutOnce you’ve cut these out, fold the empty area in half and pin your arm pattern piece to both sides so you have two.

pattern layout armsNow, it’s very important to keep your pattern pieces labelled. You really don’t want to be trying to figure which piece is which in the middle of sewing this all together. What I did was separate my front and back sides and work on each individually. So, lay out your front pieces apart from your back pieces. From here, I’ll talk about the front, but the process is the same, front and back.

front piecesPin the Right Front Centre to the Left Front Centre then sew them together.

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Pin and sew the Left Front Side to the Left Front Centre

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Pin and sew the Right Front Side to the Right Front Centre.

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Now, repeat those steps for the back.

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Pin and sew the shoulders together.

7Pin and sew the sides together.

8Now take the stand sheath pattern and fold it in half. Sew two of the sides together.

9Pin and sew the stand sheath to the hole in the middle of the base piece. Note: the drawing only shows pins on half of the hole because I couldn’t figure out how to illustrate it being pinned all the way around while also having some length.

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Pin and sew the base to the body pieces. Remember when you labelled it front and back? This is why. At this point my stand sheath was still hanging out of the base, inside out. That’s because when you turn the whole thing, it will be on the inside of the dressform.

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Pin and sew the arm pieces to the body.

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Now, you’ll pin the neck to your body, but you’ll only sew half of it on. Leave the other half unsewn.


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Once that’s all done, turn your dressform right side out. This will make the stand sheath be on the inside.

At this point, you’re going to start stuffing your dressform. Unfortunately, I can’t explain the process perfectly, but I’ll give it a whirl. First I stuffed the whole thing very loosely so that I could put it on the stand. Then I very slowly packed the stuffing into the bottom. As the dressform curves, pack areas a little more densely. As you fill the dressform, you’ll see the curves start to flesh out and you’ll get the hang of it. Once it’s filled up, you’ll want to slip stitch the opening in the neck closed.

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Okay, so truth, it’s really lumpy at this point.  It also doesn’t have great curves. I “smooshed” the front and back together a lot and then sewed the centre front line to the centre back line to make it a little thinner. It also made the area between the breasts a little more defined.

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She’s still a little lumpy, but she’ll get the job done!

Send me your pics of your very own dressform!

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