Online Patternmaking Classes
by Don McCunn
Online Class Home Page ► An Introduction
How to Make a Body Double (aka Dress Form)
This image is an homage to the Maidenform Bra ads of the 1950s & 1960s
The four weeks of this class include the following.
This class shows how to create forms that can be combined in different configurations including:
Convertible Dress Forms
The Body Doubles are created from carefully fitted Upper and a Lower Torso slopers that use darts and seams to align the grain of fabric to the basic reference lines of the body such as those shown below. The videos in this class do not show how to make these slopers. That material is covered in my other Patternmaking Classes.
If you have a Bra Sloper, you can use that to recreate an accurate representation of the body for specific bra styles.
In addition to the full size body doubles, in the fourth week we will scale the patterns down to create half scale and quarter scale body doubles which some people call mini-me forms. These small scale forms are very useful for checking out design ideas before you commit to making full size garments.
The class is structured so that you can create the body forms that are appropriate to your needs and skip the instructions for the forms you are not interested in. For example, if you only want a torso form, you can skip the information on how to create the legs. Adding the removable arms to the form and the wig block for a head are also optional.
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