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Sa58
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Jul 31, 2016
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Because our bodies and posture are not flat, it's best to wear the dress and have a second person mark the hem (all around) using a ruler from the floor. See photo below.
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Jul 31, 2016
SandyLucas
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Jul 31, 2016
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Your picture reiterates that I need to get a dress form. I've always found that I'm not a standard pattern size. Top needs to be a bigger size then bottom and being short waisted makes all dress too long which is why when I hem I'm always worried it won't be even.
What kind of dress form do you have and would you recommend it?
Jul 31, 2016
Sa58
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Jul 31, 2016
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You might need to pad your dress form in order to get a good figure match. There are many tutorials on how to do this and is very common for sewers to do. I bought a $60 dress form from Amazon that I can 'sort of' pin into. It does have a similar build as me... Wider in the waist and flat chested. ;) I bought it thinking maybe I won't use it too much, but 5 years later, I've gotten more into pattern making and draping and am interested in an upgrade. The Shop Company has some great looking forms. Do not waste your time with duct tape DIY tutorials.
Jul 31, 2016
jeanines
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Aug 2, 2016
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I was recently at The East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse in Oakland and they had a bunch of dress forms! But I think they may have been display forms and not the adjustable kind with the cast iron base.
Aug 2, 2016
SandyLucas
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Aug 2, 2016
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I'll have to check it out. Thanks @jeanines!!!
Aug 2, 2016
Sa58
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Aug 22, 2016
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That's awesome! I'll check it out too!
Aug 22, 2016
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