In the market for a dress form? The choices can be a bit overwhelming! As you might have noticed, there’s not a lot of up-to-date info out there to help prospective dress form buyers. My hope is that after reading this article, you’ll feel prepared to buy (or not buy) with confidence!
Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: you’re cruising along on your project, maybe cutting out fabric with your rotary cutters – then you hit the end of the cutting mat and need your shears… hmmm, where did you last set those down?? Maybe they are over by your machine? Nope. Ugh.
My big problem is with rulers, absentmindedly putting them down in random places when I’m in “the zone”. Where’s my french curve? Ah, found the big aluminum hip curve but what I really need is the small clear one! The pains.
I think I’ve found the perfect DIY solution: a rolling, vertical tools caddy! To be fair, this was not my idea. I stole it from my awesome father in-law who built one for his workshop and was lovely enough to make me one just like his.
Since then, I’ve figured out how to build them on my own in an afternoon – let me show you how!
I can’t believe it but we are almost done with our Early Supporter Program! We have 4 shipping out Monday and just one more form to cut this week. I thought it might be a good time to reflect.
Learning by doing
When starting anything new, including starting a business, you can only really learn by doing the darn thing. As much as we’d like to think that we can imagine what it’s going to be like, there will always be surprises and some failures – which I prefer to frame as “learning”.
So what did we learn? A lot, thanks to all the incredibly patient and generous sewists out there that took a chance on us. Here are the big take-aways:
Maybe you’ve noticed in the mirror that one of your shoulders is higher than the other. But did you know that our bodies also twist from top to bottom, lean to the side, and are sometimes bigger on one side? Just because most patterns are symmetrical doesn’t mean that your body is too!
So you have an idea for a project, and you can’t find a sewing pattern that is just what you want. Maybe you’ve tried hacking some existing patterns, but they’re just not fitting together like you want them to, or trying to combine them is just making more problems than you started out with. Well, I think it’s time for you to learn to draft your own patterns! It might sound like a whole huge thing, but don’t worry – it’s a cinch to learn, and we’ll have you dancing around in self-drafted garments in no time!