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Dress form do you use them would like one.

denise | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

i sewed for my children   and now for my grandchildren but even though i have mastered many techniques thought lessons on line

 i find fitting my self  for example jackets, i miss things when i had finished a lovely wool jacket and put it on i noticed the sleeve at the bottom was twisted it turned out to be that the lining was not lying exactly flat when i sewed on the cuff.

 I feel with a dress form i would not miss these things., also the back areas of a blouse fitting colars  before i lay by one ,( they are often on sale around christmas) i would like some feedback please. Using a muslin for a complete dress on the form would this give one an idea if it suit one also.


  1. HelgaPataki | | #1

    preventing errors by using a dress form

    Hi Denise, I know what you mean.  I've discovered my errors without using a dress form because I never owned a dress form.  I hang my garment (top, jacket, etc) on a broad based coat hanger and it does the trick well for me.  I can tell what needs to be adjusted just by the way it hangs off of the hanger. I hang the hanger on a door hook and find this method very helpful for me.  If you try this, it might work well for you too.  A dress form sounds fun to own, but it is costly especially if the coat hanger works just as well, and you would like to own a good broad based coat hanger to hang your garments on any ways. 

    1. denise | | #2

      preventing errors by using a dress form

      Thank you what a great idea. I cover coat hangers and i have couple that are well one would say over covered

      i had not thought of that.

      I think its my dream to find a nice dress pattern that looks nice now i am pear shaped and 62 i long for the day when a lovely shirt maker looked so smart my bust  pre menopause was smaller ect. perhaps it does not exist.

      which brings me to another subject a dress pattern with an extended sleeves long line straight through.,

      still looking.

      1. HelgaPataki | | #3

        Preventing another error without a dress form.

        I just thought of another idea that I do without a dress form.  I never have luck alterating my pattern pieces exactly, especially the sleeves.  Narrowing it is okay, but getting the length, well... what I do is use my broad-based coat hanger and hang neatly my best suitable long sleeve top and "wear" my jacket to be hemmed over that, then I know how my top fits, and go according to the length of that top, to hem my jacket sleeves.  I hope this is helpful.  These could be methods you can consider before you decide to buy a dress form. 

        1. denise | | #4

          Preventing another error without a dress form.

          thats sound great also and another thing with that idea  you could see what length to make a skirt as sometimes depending on the  top a length can vary.

          mm i am getting more and more convinced after all 300 dollars is alot of fabric i could have instead

          1. HelgaPataki | | #5

            Preventing another error without a dress form

            Give it a try, after all the tools called for are normal household items.  It'll buy you time if you decide to go for the dress form anyways.  You won't be rushed into an expensive purchase.  I really find this method reliable. 

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