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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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Great dressform - Congratulations :-) Wished I had one to. I wondered, if you had a T-Shirt underneath during the process - because of the sticky papertape. And if the form is stiff, so it has not to be stuffed. How did you get it on the stand? Whished, I could make one of these myself, since I have a fuller figure.

07/15/2013 Flag

Thanks for your comments :) I did not want to waste a t-shirt for this project, so I wore my regular underwear. On top of that I used a large garbage bag in which I cut a hole for the head and two holes for the arms to go through. Next we used duct tape in a couple of places: the cross your heart bra area, the waist and the lower edge. This was just to give us a starting point because the bag was slippery and the paper tape was arguing with us hehe. After that it did start working and sticking and progress was being made. We pulled the tape quite tight and smoothed out a LOT. When cutting me out we just used care not to cut my underwear. The form is stiff, but I personally think it needs to be stuffed unless you're hanging it over a smaller dressform. The seam up the back is not as strong and causes a "bending" point if it is not supported from the inside. As for the stand.... first we closed in the neck and the armholes, then we made the "T" with wood. We turned the dressform up-side-down and inserted the "T" support, also upside down. Then we stuffed with pillows, old batting, whatever and finished off with some cans of expanding foam insulation. After all was dry and finished we made a "bottom" horizontal closure which had a cutout for the wood stand to come through. We made a base piece with wheels and then hubby measured the dressform and me so that he could match her height to my own. He attached the dressform to the stand and all that was needed was a covering. I intended to leave it uncovered, but ended up using and old t-shirt to make a covering for it because I like the pinnable surface. There are many, many videos online out there for making a custom dressform. Take a look around and find something that will work for you. It is so worth it! Good luck.

07/15/2013 Flag

Thank you so much for your very informative answers :-) I'll try it.

07/22/2013 Flag

That's extraordinary! I've looked at the lesson, but I wish you'd go over the steps you and your husband followed to get such a professional result. For example, where's the plastic garbage bag in all of this and the duct tape? It looks like a piece of sculpture. Congratulations!!!

09/04/2013 Flag

Thanks for the kind comments. I explained a bit in my response to innerwave about the garbage bag. It was used instead of a t-shirt and was eventually cut away and disposed of before we stuffed the form. The duct tape is on the inside underneath the paper tape.... it was used mostly to hold the plastic bag in place and to give some place for the paper tape to "grip" as the plastic is, of course, slippery when you apply that water based glue that is on the paper tape.

09/05/2013 Flag

Beautiful form == thanks for posting the pics!

10/15/2013 Flag

Great job!

05/07/2014 Flag