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How To Make a Custom Dress Form for A Fraction of the Cost!

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Hi Fashionistas!

So I know I have mentioned this a few times before that I want a custom dress form. I have also mentioned to you that custom dress forms can run you upwards of a thousand dollars.

I was looking about a year and a half ago and I found a solution that I think will work well! It requires purchasing a foam insert that looks like a dress form and altering the cover that comes with the form to fit you like a second skin. And Voila! You have a custom dress form. It does require some surgery on the dress form foam insert as you will have to shave off some parts and pad up some parts to make it like you.

Here are the two steps to create a custom dress form for a fraction of the cost. I will outline the steps 1st and then we will go over all of the details and links as well

  1. Choose a Uniquely You dress form. This is the more economical version. This form also completely customizable so you can shave it to your size, or pad it up and also control where the waist sits
  2. Create a custom cover to fit your body like a second skin and prepare your form and insert it inside the custom cover. I will show you how this can be done using an online class

Now let’s talk about the steps in detail.

This is a method I am using to create my form. I purchased the Uniquely You dress form after much research about 1.5 years ago, but I was pregnant then and decided to wait. Please note that this form comes in many sizes and before you buy one, you will need to decide which size is right for you. The best way to do this is to check the sizing chart.

There is a class on Bluprint called Fitting Essentials: Customize Your Dress Form that shows how to create a custom form using 3 types of dress forms, including this one. This is taught by Judy Jackson and she goes over 3 methods. I watched only the sections that apply to my dress form type. I’ll go over some of the pros and cons on this class in a little bit. The one I am using is the one on the right.

As I mentioned before, this dress form comes with a cover, and you have to alter the cover to fit you like a second skin. Once you do that and alter it, you insert a strong zipper on the center back of the cover and insert the form inside it. I love seeing a visual of things so I have included a youtube video that shows the final result.

As you can see this is a bit of a process, but in my opinion so worth it to have something custom. I personally own 3 professional dress forms and neither one of those match my measurements. Now if I were to throw them all in a box together and shake it really hard, maybe I would get back one dress form that matched all my measurements 🙂 And professional dress forms can be so costly. I have paid from $150 to $400 for mine and they still don’t match, so having a custom dress form that costs less than a professional dress form is definitely worth it to me.

Here are my 3 dress forms that don’t match my measurements! Custom form coming soon!

Lets go over some of the pros and cons of this class:

Pros: If you sew, you may already own a dress form, and if you don’t, you have a range of options from the uniquely you, adjustable (which you can use coupons on at Fabric stores) or a professional dress form. These vary in cost and you are can look at options that fit your budget. If you already have a dress form, you could customize it. Judy delivers the class in a very nice and easy to understand manner. You have the ability to ask questions, which is also very nice compared to some online courses that give you access to a private facebook group, but the instructor is not as responsive. You do not need to be an expert seamstress to create your own form! The sewing is simple and the instructions are clear! All lessons are easy to consume, ranging from 2 to 28 minutes, so even if you watched one at a time as your schedule permits and then apply them, you won’t find it overwhelming. I actually prefer watching classes from start to finish. It makes me feel excited!

Cons: If you are intending on watching the entire class, the information can be a bit overwhelming because the methods used for the dress forms are different based on your choice of form. I would suggest deciding on your dress form based on your budget (or what you already own) and then watching the segments specific to that dress form. Luckily, you can pause, fast forward and rewind with ease. I would also say that if you are using the foam option, be patient . I know from all the reviews I have read that getting the form to squeeze into the form and zipping it up is a challenge and you will probably need someone to help you. So if you are sewing solo, you may want to consider one of the other two dress forms.

Another really good thing about this dress form is that it is pinnable, so you can drape directly on the dress form. Bluprint has a special right now where they are offering an annual subscription for $100 and you get a free project box included! 

This includes access to hundreds of sewing classes including this one!

Once again, the direct link to the class is here–> Fitting Essentials: Customize Your Dress Form

The class will walk you step by step on how to measure your form and how to shave off the excess, which I found very helpful since the instructions that come with the form are spare. Also keep in mind, that if you are using this form, then you will need to build a stand for it. I am Ok with doing that since I can figure out the DIY part. Once again, if you are not wanting to do that, consider one of the other two dress forms.

I hope that you found this article helpful. I personally tried the duct tape form many years ago and I found that added a lot of bulk as I had to wear a t shirt and then have duct tape wrapped around me. It was also not pinnable, so I find this to be a better option.

Let me know what you think about this idea! Right now I cannot think of the next class I will try, but maybe something to with finishes, like a class that shows how to do different types of seams, or even one that shows tailoring details like welt pockets for example. I love making samples in muslin and putting them in a binder, kind of reminds me of being in school 🙂

Take care,

Vatsla

Behind The Seams – My Review of the Bluprint Online Learning Platform

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About a month ago I shared with you that Bluprint was having their “Get Started” event, where they offered you free access to all of their online classes included in their subscription. I heard from so many of you how much you enjoyed binge-watching the classes! I have been binge-watching myself, and I wanted to share with you my experience so far. For those of you who did not take advantage of the free test drive, I am doing a review of Bluprint below.  I also want to let you know that you can still get a 7 Day Free Trial to Bluprint.

Bluprint offers classes on various subjects, from sewing to patternmaking, to baking and woodwork! As you can imagine I am mainly interested in the sewing and pattern- making classes, and since you love to sew too, I will be sharing my experience with the classes so far.  I was also super excited to brush up on my pattern making skills. For those of you who don’t know,  I studied pattern making with Suzy Furrer at Apparel Arts and she is one of the instructors that teaches on Bluprint. Her classes are my absolute favorite so far! Below is my 1st impression of using this online learning platform. My goal is to learn something new each month and share my sewing projects with you!

Once I logged in, I saw this screen with all the categories of classes they offer.

 

Since I am interested in sewing classes and pattern making classes (which also fall under the sewing category), I clicked on “Sew” to browse the classes.  There were a total of 197 classes available to watch! That is a lot! There is a filter option available to allow you to drill down and find what you are looking for. I found this helpful because looking through almost 200 classes can be time-consuming!

The filter option allowed me to select the subcategories of “clothing” and “pattern making”. This brought me down to a selection of 35 classes, which I was able to quickly browse. Once I knew the ones I was interested in, I clicked the “+” button on the top right of the class and was able to save them to my watch library.

Once you add all the classes you want to watch to your library, you can click on the library link and it shows you all the classes you have saved. Here are a few of mine. As you can see, I am interested in brushing up on my pattern making skills, and also on making my sewing more efficient by learning time-saving tips.  I also want to watch the class on presser feet. I am always blown away by how the right foot can make the job so much easier. For example, I just tried out a wide hem foot and I was impressed by how it can accomplish an even hem so easily, something that would be very hard to do on my own. Now I am curious to see what else is out there that can improve my sewing.

The interface is very easy to browse, and there is a large selection of classes to choose from. I also liked that a lot of the instructors were names that were familiar. For example, Kenneth King, Marcy Hariell, Susan Khalje, Joi Mahone. These are all folks who are well-known in the sewing community and I found that to be a plus. I have studied in person with 3 of the instructors: Suzy Furrer, Sara Alm, and Paul Gala. They are excellent instructors and I will be watching all their classes.

The very 1st class I watched was on designing tops and in it, we went through an exercise to find inspiration to design a collection. The instructor demonstrated how to create a theme board (we called them mood boards in fashion school). It definitely got my creative juices flowing!

But here is one that REALLY excited me.. A class that will show you how to make a CUSTOM dressform at a fraction of a cost. If you have ever struggled with fitting (who hasn’t?!), you have probably considered a custom dressform. And we all know they can run you upwards of a thousand dollars. Well, I am super excited to share with you that I already have a Uniquely You custom dress form foam insert that has been collecting dust in my basement. I bought it last year before I got pregnant, and decided to wait to work on it. Well, guess what?! There is a class for that!!! Yes, my plan is to take my custom dress form foam insert and create a cover for it using a sloper that can be created in the Bodice Sloper Class. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. The dress form actually comes with a cover you can alter, but in my opinion, it is much better to use a bodice sloper as it is truly your “second skin” and you can create a body double! But before I get too excited, I have to say that this is a blog post of its own, maybe even a series of blog posts as I share my progress with you! I am going to wait a little bit longer as I am 8 months postpartum and things are still shifting back in place.. if you know what I mean 🙂

If you have tried Bluprint, let me know what you think of it. While my main focus is going to be on improving my sewing and design skills, I also wouldn’t mind taking a yoga class once in a while, or doing some crafting! The best part for me is that I can watch whenever my schedule allows. Yesterday I watched for an hour while straightening my hair!

I hope you enjoyed seeing an inside look at how the platform works, and if you did not get to test drive it during the last promotion, you can still try a 7 Day Free Trial to Bluprint. Leave me a comment and let me know what you are sewing up these days. I found this amazing boucle two-tone navy and black fabric at Joann’s fabrics a couple of weeks ago. It is so Chanel! I am planning on sewing up my Christmas look with that. In the meantime, I am working on making a wide leg pair of pants and some paci clips for Connor! See you very soon in my next blog post!

 

XOXO-

Vatsla 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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