One of the many projects I plan to make is a dress form cover. I love Catherine, but we’re not the same size.
This is something I’ve looked into a bit, but haven’t found that perfect solution yet. I think a lot of the dress form tutorials and classes are all great for sewing, but not perfect for bra-making. From what I’ve seen, most dress form covers result in more of a uni-boob look, which would not work at all for bras.
This image is from Cloning Couture‘s blog post. Isn’t this professional looking? I do love this! If I decide to simply to cover my dress form for sewing clothes, I’ll do this too.
I had similar thoughts about the Craftsy class Customize Your Dress Form. This class takes you through exactly what to do, step by step. I watched this class when Craftsy had their October pass in 2015. I thought it was really great, but again, it wasn’t addressing my desire to have the bust defined. That definition is an important part of bra-fitting.
So, I kept thinking about how I could adjust my sloper so I could have that bust definition I wanted.
Let me take a side road here and show you why I haven’t been 100% happy with any solution I’ve seen yet. This is the bra dress form Beverly uses in her Craftsy classes; Naomi, of Barely Beige also has one. This dress form is called Ashley. There’s no uni-boob happening here.
How am I supposed to be satisfied with anything less than bust definition on my dress form after seeing this?
I recently came across a blog post by Sew Chic Pattern Company. They have a three-part post called Copy your Figure: A Dress Form Tutorial.
Laura does do a dart to give bust definition, but I’m still thinking it won’t give me as much definition as I’m wanting.
Here’s a photo from her blog. This is getting closer.
I know from making my own sloper that mine doesn’t give enough bust definition the way it is now.
Here’s the one I made. There’s a small dart there on the sloper, but…
So what I’m thinking is do some draping with fabric to see what size of darts I’d need, where I’d need them, how many darts I’d need. I might need to play with it a bit, but I think it can be done.
Has anyone made a dress form cover with more bust definition? What did you do? How did it turn out?
Happy Thanksgiving & happy creating!