Sunday, June 10, 2012

Dress form in its final padded state; B5638 in progress

Thanks everyone for sharing in my excitement about my new dressform padded out in the Fabulous Fit fitting system, as blogged here.
I spent about 2 hours today padding out the form again and creating the sway back curve, so I think I've finally worn myself out on the excitement of it all.

It really makes you take a long, hard look at yourself....

Front:
my dressform final padding
Side:
my dressform final padding
Back:
my dressform final padding
Here's what I did:
  • Bought the FF system again, as I wasn't sure what pieces I would need, and figured I could replace pieces as needed.  (The FF website has an a la carte option so you can buy individual pieces instead of buying the whole system again.)
  • I wound up using a thigh pad for the upper back to create the swayback curve. Looking at these pix, maybe that bit in the upper back is too much???   I had tried the side back pad which was definitely too thick.
  • I didn't use the upper hip pads at all this time as the form was getting a bit bootylicious.
  • I used an old mattress pad cover (i.e. essentially batting) I found in a closet cleanout last weekend, and cut squares to create the extra padding for the hip area, and also a bit for the derriere. That way I had more control over the size of the pads, since the filler pads were just too much.
So here's my best-fitting-on-me dress, again, S2473, with my repadded out dressform:
final padding of dressform wearing S2473
Yes, it's looking like the upper back curve is a bit too big... I mean, I don't have a hump there...final padding of dressform wearing S2473
final padding of dressform wearing S2473
In other news, the Princeton students moved out this week and I scored two matching floor lamps with little side lamps, left at the dumpster I walk by practically every day. Finally, the illumination my sewing room needs!!!
my new lighting!
B5638 marches slowly onward:
B5638 in progress
The V is too deep for my taste; I'm thinking I might redo that front inset panel again (and also find a decent tutorial on how to make a v that is not Becky-homecky)
B5638 in progress
B5638 in progress
B5638 in progress
Be well!!

10 comments:

  1. I have nothing against the booty-licious, but I agree, I think that humped back is a bit exaggerated. I don't know about the home-ecky V... mine have been fine since I (1) take the time to mark the sew lines and (2) take the time to sew them slowly. I'm sure you do both, so don't think that probably helps...

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  2. I agree, the hump needs to be adjusted! Great score on the lamps! You made me realize that probably walking around a campus on moving out day, there is probably lots of good stuff getting thrown in dumpsters!

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  3. You did a good job padding out that dress form. It does take patience, and time. But well worth it.

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  4. I've been getting more and more tempted to buy the Fabulous Fit system as I've read each of your posts about it.

    I haven't sewn a v-neck for a while, but one thing I found made it easier was to shorten the stitch length at the V. I think I go down to a 1mm stitch.

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  5. Fantastic! My dress form remake is now in effect. How did you decide on the size for your base form?

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  6. I had issues with getting the v-neckline to work on my dress. The facing piece didn't match so that might have been me, rather than the v-neck.

    You're version looks great to me. I'm also aiming to do a ruffle version as well. Nice work.

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  7. Vs are so hard. The only tip I have is that you have to clip allllllll the way to the stitching. That makes me so nervous that I mostly avoid Vs altogether. I think the slit neckline is a good look for you!

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  8. The form looks fabulous. One question: How would someone who is short waisted make a form like this work? I've been looking at them, but they are are all have standard waist lengths.

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  9. Good for you for rescuing the lamps! What a lucky find, too. I have the identical lamp in my sewing room (it's from IKEA), and it lights up my whole machine area (literally) brilliantly.

    I bought mine because it was the only one that would fit in that corner, and it turned out to be a perfect choice. I don't use the second (lower) bulb much, but it's been handy on occasion when I've been working with something especially detailed, or dark.

    Silly students. They'll be sorry they dumped the lamps when they start sewing. But you won't be!

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  10. Yup, my padded dress form sent me into a serious funk. I knew I had to be realistic about my body shape and man oh man was I depressed about my lumps and bumps. Good thing too because I had an awakening...time to exercise!!!

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