My main reason for giving up sewing such a long time ago was that I no longer could get my creations to fit. Years take their toll on the body – well at least that is what happened to mine. I used to be a straight size 38, then size 40 in Burda, but when I later in life came to make the size 42, problems started to pop up. Things didn’t fit any longer!
So what are my problems? I wish I knew. I have wrestled with those problems for so long and not having a sewing friend, I eventually gave up. Now, however, I am going to figure it out – somehow.
I decided that a dress-form would be ideal. I could simply dial in my measurements – and woo-hoo I could figure out my ‘issues’ really quickly and I could start making my dream fashion!
What I hadn’t realised (silly me) was that the dress-forms only adjust to suit the standard sizes. I.e. it will not adjust to mould the wide shoulders, slightly rounded high back and the bigger abdomen.
I tried to pad out my dress form. I donated an old bra and stuffed that with towelling –
no too hard and inflexible wadding. It was too soft and didn’t work, but I haven’t found anything better so far. Frankly, I have become a little disillusioned.
Then the other day I saw a great idea on Gorgeous Things blog. They were using Commercial fitting patterns to create a ‘Double’ using a dress form. I am waiting in great anticipation to see how that works out. I may decide to copy their work.
Cheers for now