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Meet My Mini-Me

After making my Bootstrap Fashion DIY stuffed dress form, I made a half scale version of myself. Pretty cute, isn’t she? I made some alterations to the bust area to try to correct the fitting issues I had there on

Posted in Half-Scale Patternmaking and Sewing, Patternmaking, Sewing

A Better Paper Tape Dress Form: Part 5 – Marking the Form and Making a Cover

This is the last post in a five part tutorial for making a paper tape dress form that truly matches your measurements and body shape. Part 1: Introduction and Materials List Part 2: Preparation Part 3: Taping the Outer Form

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

A Better Paper Tape Dress Form: Part 4 – Making the Final Form

This is the fourth post in a five part tutorial for making a paper tape dress form that truly matches your measurements and body shape. Part 1: Introduction and Materials List Part 2: Preparation Part 3: Taping the Outer Form

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

A Better Paper Tape Dress Form: Part 3 – Taping the Outer Form

This is the third post in a five part tutorial for making a paper tape dress form that truly matches your measurements and body shape. Part 1: Introduction and Materials List Part 2: Preparation Part 3: Taping the Outer Form

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

A Better Paper Tape Dress Form: Part 2 – Preparation

This is the second post in a five part tutorial for making a paper tape dress form that truly matches your measurements and body shape. Part 1: Introduction and Materials List Part 2: Preparation Part 3: Taping the Outer Form

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

A Better Paper Tape Dress Form: Part 1 – Intro and Materials

This is the first post in a five part tutorial for making a paper tape dress form that truly matches your measurements and body shape. Part 1: Introduction and Materials List Part 2: Preparation Part 3: Taping the Outer Form

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

More DIY Dressmaker’s Tracing Paper

After making a double-sided tracing cloth using washable crayons, I decided to try making single sided tracing paper as well, since commercially available wax-free paper just doesn’t mark well, and professional waxed tracing paper is expensive and makes permanent marks

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

How to Get Knit Neckband Ribbing the Perfect Length Every Time

I’ve tried various methods for calculating the length of knit neckbands. I did not get good results with the methods I used. First I looked for neckband calculations online, and then when I realized different people gave different advice, I

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DIY Dressmaker’s Tracing Cloth

Back in the day when I started sewing, the dressmaker’s tracing paper available to home sewers was waxy, similar to professional waxed tracing paper. It made good marks, but they were permanent. The wax-free tracing paper commonly available to home

Posted in Patternmaking, Sewing

Measuring Body Width

Body width measurements aren’t commonly used when altering sewing patterns or patternmaking, but they do come up occasionally. I’ve used body width when drafting pants and locating princess seams. The problem is, how do you accurately measure body width? I

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