13 March 2009
I decided I wanted a dressmaker model to help me make clothes. I wasn't happy with the commercial ones I looked at. I wanted one exactly the same size and shape as me, so after much searching on the net, I have made one. I found ideas from articles from 1930's until now and combined them all to come up with Corinne.
I wrapped myself in a layer of tissue paper. I then wrapped a couple of layers of sticky paper (the kind of sticky paper used on the back of picture frames). I then carefully cut up the front of the model and took it off myself. I taped up the cut and stuffed the model with scraps of clothing and wadding. I made a stretchy cover to go over the model (from an old dress of mine) and pulled it over the model, drawing it in at the bottom with a drawstring. I named her Corinne.
I sat Corinne on my plant stand and she was ready to help me make some skirts.
Corinne has helped me make three skirts for work. I am much happier with the fit of the skirts than I have ever been with any skirts I have made with paper patterns. I cut the fabric by taking the shapes from my favourite skirts, then wrapped the fabric around Corinne and pinned seams and pinned darts for a perfect fit. One is a wrap around skirt with buttons, one is a pencil skirt and the other is gathered at the hips. Not a very good pic of them, but I have had some compliments about them at work, so I'm happy.
Now I just need to make a model of the top of me. I think I will need some help doing that. Maybe dear daughter or DH.......
Here is my new peg bag I made.
and This is a veil I made for a girl at work who eloped a couple of months ago and now we are having a post wedding hen's night for her. Hope she likes it....