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From Body Scan to Custom Dress Form

Threads #185, June/July 2016

Since this article was initially published, DittoForm has changed hands and is now owned by Carol Huls. You can find the most current information at DittoForm.com.

A brief update from Carol:

“In 2018, the company was purchased by Carol Huls and moved to Michigan. Check out the current scanning equipment (it’s handheld so we walk around you instead of you spinning on a platform). We’ve made over 700 bodies since the beginning of the company and have the experience to create a really useful copy of your body to use in your creations. We are now based in Michigan and travel around the country doing scans. See our travel page for details.”

A dress form that precisely replicates your circumferences, proportions, and posture is every sewer’s dream. When 3-D body scanning technology debuted several years ago, speculation about how it might revolutionize the garment industry was rampant. I’ve always thought that home sewers would be thrilled if 3-D body scanning technology were integrated into the process of creating a custom dress form.

Allison Lince-Bentley, owner of Bits of Thread Sewing Studio in Washington, D.C., is doing just that. Over the past two years, she developed a process to use 3-D body scans and foam to fabricate dress forms. The DittoForm (DittoForm.com) recently debuted at Bits of Thread, and Allison is exploring opportunities to establish scanning partners and hold scanning events around the country to accommodate the demand.

Allison Lince-Bentley sitting in her studio surrounded by textiles and a DittoForm.
Allison Lince-Bentley’s custom DittoForm process relies on 3-D body scans.

“I’d been noodling over this idea for a long time. I’ve run a sewing shop and taught for about seven years now,” Allison says. “I know that for my own trajectory and growth as a sewer, learning how to use a dress form made a big difference…

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