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Aromagal's Dressform

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Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design taught by Barbara Deckert

Plus-size women deserve cute clothes! Learn how to make comfortable and flattering garments with Barbara Deckert, author of Sewing for Plus Sizes.

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Category Sewing
Sizing Plus-sized
Style Eco-Friendly
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What materials did you use? Paper tape, plastic garbage bag, duct tape for the form. Wood for the stand and an old t-shirt to cover.

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What are you most proud of? That it was a success!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? It takes a whole weekend with all the steps needed. First to make her, dry her, fill her, get her on a stand. Each step took time for me or for hubby to do. It is really rewarding when successfully done. She is pretty much spot on my size as we did tape tightly on the first layer.

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oh I love your dress form and want to make one. so I am looking where to buy the paper. but you use duck take against the body correct? what a great job you did

05/31/2015 Flag

hi did you use the no- reinforced tape and how wide and how many rolls?

05/31/2015 Flag

I used the non reinforced paper tape that you have to wet to activate the glue. I bought 2 rolls, but ended up only using one. I wore my regular undies and then cut a hole for my head and arms in a new black plastic garbage bag and put that on like a dress/tunic. Normally you would wear an old t-shirt, but your partner cuts the form off you when done and I did not have a t-shirt I was willing to sacrifice. You have to use an in-between layer to tape on to or you won't get it off. I only used duck tape under the bust and for the initial x-your-heart to cinch the bag in. Then switched to the paper tape. Good luck.

05/31/2015 Flag

I have a question. My bust is a size 18/18/Lg. My Timmy and hips fall into the 20/22/24 range. My bust is a 40 C, on the small size. I have just lost 120 pounds, and before, I was definitely a plus size, but now, I am a combo, I think. I am only 5'0" tall. Would this class be helpful? Thanks, Melody Lema

08/08/2015 Flag

Absolutely. This class will help anyone who has non-standard (according to the pattern companies) sizes and wants to learn to make the patterns fit them. (If you want to start from scratch and make your own patterns the classes by Suzy Furrer are excellent - but then you become the designer as well.) We all seem to be one size in the bust, another in the waist and yet another in the hips..... at least I do. This class helped me immensely. As I lost weight (also a significant amount of 90 lbs, though not as much as you *congrats*) my body changed a lot and some places lost weight and others did not. Now I can custom fit just about anything. Good luck.

08/08/2015 Flag

Thank You so much. And you are right. Spent almost 40 years being over 100 pounds overweight. I used to sew rectangles, I was as wide as tall, LOL. Now from a DDD to a small C, I am like a triangle! Thank You for your advice. This seems like a class I need. I feel like a new sewer, not someone who has been sewing for over 55 years! This will be my birthday gift then. Thanks so very much, and congrats to you also. It is a major life change, isn't it.

08/08/2015 Flag