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From: bridesmom
Date: 05-14-2007, 11:48 PM (1 of 12)
What kinds of dummy's do you use?? What do you like best about it??
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 05-15-2007, 09:46 AM (2 of 12)
Laura, currently I "use" an old professional model that was retired from many years of use in the theatre scene. It is worn, but it has perfect proportions, and so I am afraid that I mainly use it to hang onto my tape measure for me when I need a third hand. :sad: Saturday, I'm hosting a dressform workshop and a number of people are coming to get taped up to make dressforms that match our figures. So, after Saturday, I will use that one, and I am hoping that what I will like best about it is that I will be able to make garments that will fit me perfectly. What I will like least about it: It will really look just like my shape, and I will therefore very likely want to keep it covered when not in use!
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From: MaryW
Date: 07-06-2007, 09:48 AM (3 of 12)
I have a Dritz Deluxe with adjustable height as well as the other measurements. It is not perfect, wobbly but works for me. I have made several tops and capris and it is quite close to how things really fit me. I'm happy with it.

Andrea, are you really using your duct tape form? If so, how do you like it?
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 07-06-2007, 03:17 PM (4 of 12)
I did put it right to work and it helped me with a garment. I put it aside this week though, b/c I just started a quilt, and I expect that to take me some time to get through. Later this month, a sewing friend and I are going to meet up and make slopers for our dummies and then figure out how to use the sloper to adapt patterns in order to cut back on the trial and error approach. Threads article on the use of slopers (
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From: Jouf
Date: 07-16-2007, 10:18 AM (5 of 12)
I just got through cloning my daughter and wanted to share. (At least I'll get to see her more often! ha) I'm new here, and have enjoyed reading everyone's posts.

Then I decoupaged it with things that reminded me of her all over it and put a pin cushion on top. I can't seem to get a pic on here, but if you're interested, you can look on my blog,
User: Jouf
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 25
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-16-2007, 01:06 PM (6 of 12)
I absolutely love that! So much more attractive and interesting than just tape.
Dorothy (me)
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Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: PaulineG
Date: 07-16-2007, 09:35 PM (7 of 12)
Tons nicer than tape. And more interesting and personal than a cloth cover. Really cute. If I ever get around to making one of my own I'm going to copy that idea. Thanks Jouf - and welcome BTW.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: MartySews2
Date: 07-16-2007, 10:03 PM (8 of 12)
Just so cute and when you're sewing for your DD, all of the photos will remind you of the good times. Congrats on a job well done. Also, welcome to the group. What is your favorite thing to sew? I enjoyed reading your blog.
Happy Stitching!
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Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: Jouf
Date: 07-16-2007, 10:42 PM (9 of 12)
Thanks for the welcome and thank you all for your kind words on dd's clone!

DD has been losing weight, so when she' done, we're going to do one more body. I'm going to wrap her in the casting stuff and then cut her out and fill it with spray foam. Hopefully that will be a lot more professional/smooth and then I'll cover it with fabric. (sure can't stick pins in this one, but it was fun.)

I sewed a lot when DD was a child - made all her clothes and mine. But then as work took over, I quit sewing. Just getting back into it and am just really enjoying it. Love the Designer I - though nothing really to compare it too.

Marty, right now I'm just making blouses and slacks. But I want to make more purses and eventually get the gumption to try a jacket/slacks suit for work.

Dorothy/Pauline, I had originally thought about decoupaging mine with all our travel receipts/maps/etc or all my yarn labels or some such theme, but I made a mistake with my body double of steaming my knits right on the body - well, it's smushed a bit. But really other than steaming, they can take a lot of abuse!

I'm finding pattern sizing to be very erratic and want to get better at fitting.
User: Jouf
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 25
From: AndreaSews
Date: 07-17-2007, 09:45 AM (10 of 12)
I just love it! Thanks for sharing.
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Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: lendube
Date: 07-17-2007, 06:34 PM (11 of 12)
How fun to see the things you've made. You strike me as one very creative lady! Cute dd too!

Hope to keep you around here.

Lennie :up:
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From: Jouf
Date: 07-17-2007, 09:57 PM (12 of 12)
Oh, Lennie, thank you! That was sweet. I'm really enjoying this site. I seem to get sooo wrapped up in a hobby and that's all I can think about. I still love my knitting, but I'm too caught up in this new sewing machine to have any time for it. If only I didn't have to sleep! Current sweater is taking f o r e v e r. DD is my only, so she's my pride and joy!
User: Jouf
Member since: 07-10-2007
Total posts: 25
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