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Posted on: 1/22/08 2:07 PM
Last Updated: 4/19/10 7:38 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 5 people   Very Helpful by 37 people   
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I originally wrote the following as a pattern review, but have included it here following several suggestions!

I have been frustrated trying to get a tailors dummy to match me! I had a bought one with dials which I found very flimsy and wobbly as it had only 3 legs!

Twice I tried making a Duct tape dummy with little success. They were ugly, heavy, and the finish with the tape was very rough.
I decided to have a go making my own and am very pleased with the result! I would like to introduce "Baggy Aggie"

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sewingbuddcker said... (5/13/09 12:02 PM) Reply
wow, i'm impressed. I hope Deepika uses this in her book.
Lou05 said... (2/2/09 2:08 PM) Reply
Thanks for sharing Mary Anne. This really looks doable and yours turned out so nice. Thanks for the web/url link above so we could see her! I have an old duct dummy that needs to be redone (changed sizes) and I'll use your method for the new version. Thanks for the info and the great inspiration.
pink 23 said... (1/28/09 2:38 PM) Reply
Mary Anne, I too would like dressmakers Dummy. I think you did grand. I'm happy 4u. I have always wanted to try the duck tape dummy. I have not got up my nerve, but I am closer to trying it now. I am so excited for you. Thank you for saying somethings US. I know it is difficult to convert some things. Good luck Always, Susie
ohbejoyous said... (1/27/09 12:06 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us all. Have you put a head on Baggy Aggie yet? Her neck is brilliant! I must get busy and make myself a "twin"--maybe I'll call her "Fancy-Nancy". Thanks, Mary Anne! --Joy in Boulder, Colorado
Iloverowing said... (1/27/09 9:02 AM) Reply
I just love this idea - and you didn't have to torture yourself to replicate your own shape. Not to mention that she's really pretty! Being pinnable is a major advantage! Brilliant idea.
Katie M said... (1/27/09 8:52 AM) Reply
What is MDF?
Braemar said... (10/4/08 4:42 AM) Reply
Yes rigilene is plastic boning, which worked a treat giving the model a skeleton frame. I do love my model and she works well.
Aunt Gail said... (10/3/08 2:58 PM) Reply
Congratulations! What a great idea..and with your explanations and write up. I could visualize each step! I'm guessing that rigilene is a plastic? type of boning?? Also your stitching of the important hip, waist, bust by ribbon is absolutely inspired.
Miss Fairchild said... (6/8/08 8:14 PM) Reply
I love the flower pot idea! When I had a DTD done, I couldn't figure out what to do about the neck. Now when I remake my dummy, I'll know! Thank you!
SewPurple said... (3/24/08 5:47 PM) Reply
I wish I could see photos but I love this idea. I have many sewing customers in different cities, and I'm thinking about doing a version of this for those that have fitting issues. Thanks!
Alyssa said... (2/1/08 3:48 PM) Reply
I did this for a friend of mine! Great minds think alike. Personally, I think it is easier than a duct-tape model. I will try using boning next time. I found using a T-connector at the top of the pipe and small pipes on either side helped stabilize the dummy through the shoulders.
lady a said... (1/31/08 0:10 AM) Reply
what a smart idea
Kim Winson said... (1/29/08 10:53 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for sharing this! I have tried several DIY dressforms..duct tape, paper tape, and even the My Twin. None have turned out well. But this...may be the ticket.
Leslie in NZ said... (1/29/08 0:08 AM) Reply
Wow. Very helpful. Thanks for posting this and in such detail.
Cyinda said... (1/27/08 9:30 PM) Reply
I want to thank you so much for posting these directions. I've always wanted a dummy, but can't afford one. I'm so tired of trying to pin-to-fit half finished outfits while I'm wearing them!
Braemar said... (1/26/08 7:05 AM) Reply
GinaT I had a VERY enjoyable Burn's night thanks, and am still recovering! LOL
lilyofthevalley said... (1/25/08 7:47 PM) Reply
Your/DH's application was perfect at every stage. Baggy Aggie is a dream! -Lily
ginaT said... (1/25/08 7:12 PM) Reply
Very inspirational Mary Anne,just love it and the Chrimbo stand lol! You are also lucky to have a very handy DH. Hope you had a great Burns Night :o)
magsann said... (1/25/08 1:00 PM) Reply
Seems to be an easier way of making a perfect "dummy" than using duct tape or self-adhesive brown tape - no standing around being taped up for hours!!
Braemar said... (1/25/08 5:17 AM) Reply
Peggym, I think the rigilene boning helps by giving it a skeleton to hold its shape, making it easier to stuff. I hope it works for you, as I love using Aggie. Thanks everyone for your kind comments.
Peggym said... (1/24/08 6:37 PM) Reply
Baggy Aggie looks wonderful. I did the Kenneth King's Moulage and have that on my dress form and have stuffed it but not so well as yours. I am going to try to do what you did to mine. thanks very much
jhansby said... (1/23/08 5:21 PM) Reply
This sounds great!...but no pics showing...oops...never mind...found the link. What a great idea!! She is amazing!!
carlton said... (1/23/08 5:01 PM) Reply
thank you ,I have patternmaker and was thinking of doing this but never thought of rigilene,jane in england
ClareinStitches said... (1/23/08 7:34 AM) Reply
Adding the Rigilene was inspired. Well done! I have saved your review for when I get around to doinga a cover for my paper tape "Double". Thank you, Braemar.
Cecile Owens said... (1/23/08 0:12 AM) Reply
Very Impressive!! Thanks. I, too, had a duck tape dummy made and was very unhappy with it. We were a group of 4 with an instructor. The girl wrapping me pulled so hard, I almost fell over a few times. It (my name for the fiasco) was so tight, it made me look flat chested which I am definitely NOT. Bad experience. I'm glad you are pleased with your product. It looks very good!
mssewcrazy said... (1/22/08 8:22 PM) Reply
I'm very envious. That is a great project.
Elaine Dougan said... (1/22/08 4:35 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for this detailed description.
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