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Date: 5/7/14 3:25 PM

As part of an article I'm writing/translating on custom patterns, I needed to understand how a particular pattern "worked." So I built myself a paper mache dressform. And I found out it's quite liberating being able to just drive those pins straight into the form and have them keep the pattern pieces exactly in place.

The problem is-- the form I made roughly corresponds to a human torso, just not my measurements, or anyone else's in my circle. (Given that the pattern was custom, it was a simple matter to measure the form and make the pattern to suit.)

so, what are my options for getting a form that

a) corresponds to real, not idealized measurements.
b) acts a giant pin cushion.






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Bernina B330
Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

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Date: 5/7/14 3:30 PM

Check out paper tape dress forms and duct tape doubles. A search here and on Google will give you a lot of info. I made the duct tape version and can only pin into the cloth cover I made. The duct tape makes the pins sticky. I will be interested to see feedback from people who made the paper tape double.

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Date: 5/7/14 3:50 PM

That was my #1 consideration when looking for a dressform. To me, what good was it going to be if I couldn't pin to it?
I ended up going with a PGM...nice linen cover and you can pin to it all over. I could also add fluff when/where needed.
There are custom dressform systems that will mimic your body exactly.

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Date: 5/7/14 4:33 PM

Quote: KathySews
The duct tape makes the pins sticky.

That's quite a useful tidbit of information. Thanks.

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Bernina B330
Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

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