I’m new here, as of yesterday. I had posted on the Fitting category but hadn’t introduced myself until now. I live in South Carolina, I’m 42, I quilt and knit (mostly socks) and I used to make smocked dresses and other pretty things for my daughters when they were babies. I now have a grand-daughter and I’ve made some things for her.
I’ve always wanted to sew for myself but I’ve never had a chance to take classes and learn to fit properly. I’m in the process of making a duct-tape dress form and, thankfully, found lots of info here. DH wrapped me up yesterday and today he built a “skeleton” and base from PVC. I wrapped the skeleton with upholstery foam, placed the duct tape form on it and then stuffed some areas with batting. We also sprayed in the expanding foam insulation to fill any remaining hollows. We did this by making slits in the duct tape and spraying the foam in, then closing the slit with a small piece of duct tape. Tomorrow we will finish it and I will make a cover for it. We were very careful to try to maintain the correct posture and shape during stuffing and I’m hoping this will be a valuable tool so I can finally sew for myself.
I couldn’t sleep last night because I kept thinking of the clothes I want to make for myself. I was measuring and draping, pinning and sewing all night in my head. I finally had to get up at 4 AM and look through old issues of Threads.
I’ve been addicted to Threads magazine for years. I loved the old format and I love the new format, too.