This Tuesday marks a brand new spring quarter and a new flock of draping students. Whenever I am talking with new students about Pattern making through draping, there's always some confusion about what type of dress form to start with. I've pondered writing my own post, but did some research today, and gosh darn it, someone already wrote a fabulously detailed one. So I'll just pass on the message...
This write-up also describes my love for Wolff dress forms (along with other brands) perfectly and shows you the quality, in pictures and words, best. Please do not rush out to Joann's with your coupon and buy an adjustable plastic form for this type of pattern making. While I do have a few myself, I use them for display purposes only...and to quickly check a size if I am making a custom garment. I do not suggest starting out your draping career using one as you will not get anatomically correct garments and will have to do too many strange pinning techniques that will hinder you in the future, if you want to learn how to do it correctly. I am also from the school of thought that you work with what you got, and if that's what you have and you feel like padding it out so you can! In that case, I invite you to the many blog posts and "do it yourself" websites out there! I'm a thrifty gal myself and love a good diy, but have come to the conclusion that my time and cost of materials costs me about as much time as getting the real thing.
I've posted this on my tumblr and site before, but this gives a great insight on how nice dress forms are made..and why they are so pricey! Especially custom forms.
In personal and creating news, you'll find more of my projects, which have been less sewing related on my instagram.
Hope to see ya in class!