In an earlier post, I showed my Duct-Tape dress form I made of myself. The duct tape motif just isn’t my style, so 2 days ago I decided I was going to cover it.
|First I drew where I wanted the Seams to be|
|Then I patterned out the pieces|
|I got a little ambitious, and added a decorative stitch to all my seams 🙂|
My sewing machine has a bunch of pretty stitches. So I decorated my dress form. Unfortunately it took FOREVER and had I skipped it, the project would’ve been done in a day. Sigh, my ambitious self couldn’t help it. The extra stitching added a bunch of time and headache, but….. It’s pretty stitching!
|Sprayed with Adhesive and covered in batting|
I used old quilt batting for the kushiness under the cover. I figured it would be much smoother than just polyester stuffing. Smooth? Yes. My size? No. 😦
|Finally I covered it|
To finish, I sewn all but the right side seam and I ended up whipstitching. Boy was that hard! I was constantly tugging at the fabric to make sure it was as snug as possible, but it ended up alright afterall
YAY!!!! I’m happy that I now have a working/useful dress form. There are, however, some things I would have done differently in hindsight;
1) I should have used a more heavy duty fabric
2) A slightly thinner batting would have been perfect.
3) The neck would be better in general
4) For the open parts (the armholes and neck opening) I would have instead of sewing the circles OVER the princess seam cover, I should have placed them under. It would have been a much prettier look.
5)The dress form is a size too big. I don’t know how I could possibly fix it other than being extremely thin when you tape yourself.
Overall I’m happy that I got it done (on a whim even!) I also had my first real run-thru with Princess Seams. (yay me). Of the whole project, my favorite part was and is the redwork. It made me happy.
Now, after all my hard work, I have to name her. I have no clue. I was thinking perhaps Betsy or something along those lines? What do you think suits her?