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Plus size draping?

Becky-book | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

Great idea!  My measurements are not ‘off the charts’ but I have plenty of fluff in ‘odd’ places… so I thought to give this a try on my new duct tape clone.  My complaint is this- why didn’t they use a plus sized mannequin?  Their end result looks pretty standard to me.  And it is not turning out to be as easy as it looks.  The difficulties begin at the shoulder.. mine are a source of all kind of fitting quirks, so photos of a perfectly shouldered mannequin are NO HELP!  Thanks for letting me let off steam, now back the the laundry.


PS I’ll keep trying to get this gingham to fit the clone, and maybe learn something in the process.


  1. lorisews | | #1

    I'm not really sure why they titled the article plus-size draping. I would think something more representative like "custom size draping" would have been good. I'm pretty small and almost skimmed past the article, but it is perfectly applicable for me, too.

  2. tricone | | #2

    hi becky

    plus size is always misleading, some say size 16 (UK) is plus size , while in fact its normal!!!!!!!

    Thanks for highlighting this again.
    I guess plus size or abnormal sizing is still a major issue.
    i got small shoulders , big boobs , bigish waist and overall in proportion but nobody seems to make clothes to fit me, cause my shoulders are so small.

    I do hope to make a duct tape manniquin of myself soon so will be trying out this also .
    Happy sewing. xxxx


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    CostumerVal | | #3

    Hi Becky,  I read that article.  One of the things I noticed is that they forgot the horizontal reference line.  I mark "level and plumb" (my dh is a carpenter) on the front of the muslin.  The verticle line goes at center front and the horizontal line is just below the throat extending out the armscye.  Both marks being on grain with the fabric.  Pin these two first, the shoulder slope above and the bust dart below should not alter this grain line.  Try this, it should straighten out your problem.

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