New boobies for my dressmakers dummy

The biggest dislike of my dressmakers dummy is the fact the chest is very meh, there is no fullness to the underneath and not much slope to the top.

I haven’t got a particularly big chest, but when sizing my dresses on my dummy they sort of just lie there of course that isn’t helped by the fact I took half of the shoulders away 🙂

I had to go into Kaye’s Saturday to buy a 20″ zip for my sheath dress and while I was there I noticed they had some quilting batting by the till, I’ve been looking into making my own shoulder pads and this is one of the fabric people have been suggesting using so along with my zip I bought 1/4 metre the smallest length could buy, now I knew that I wouldn’t need all that.

First I took it down to the smallest size it would go which was still slightly more than my high bust but it was going to give me more scope on the bit I was more concerned about.

I bought a pair of raglan shoulder pads a couple of weeks ago to try in my kimono sleeved dresses/ blouses but they were too big, after rescuing one of them from the cats I pinned them to the chest of my dummy.

After some ‘helpful’ suggestions from Simon about placement I then wrapped strips of the batting  round them. Unfortunately not only did this approach mess even more with the high bust measurement it created havoc with  the under bust measurement as well, they did look quite good though. I unwrapped the dummy and went back to the drawing board.

The next idea was to make a strip to go across the middle and wrap that up the result of this was a very nice shape, not as good as the one I got with the shoulder pads but the measurements all added up.

On the plus side I found a new use for the Raglan shoulder pads, which works better than the two pieces of cardboard I was using.


Posted on 20/11/2015, in Dressmaking Dummys, vintage dress making and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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