First Attempt At “Mummified” Me (Padding The Dress Form)

As promised I took some pictures. (Not good ones, but visuals are visuals right?) I don’t have the padding right yet. I’m trying to add my fat, rounded upper back and sway back. Yeah, ageing hasn’t been good to me. It hit me kinda hard once I started trying to make my body shape on the dress form. I let myself fall apart a bit too much. I can’t get the stomach and behind shaped correctly yet…. I also need to fine tune my bust apex area and figure out a way to shape the upper back without interfering with the collapsible shoulder feature of the dress form.

Like many others before me have said, and many after me will say:

“My dress form has much perkier breasts then I do.”

I guess my breasts decided since I was over the hill they were going to start trying to race me down the other side of said hill….

My first attempt at padding. I haven’t gotten the shape right.

As you can see though that Mountain Mist Cream Rose batting is amazing stuff. I cut (hacked off) randomly sized strips roughly 5-9 cm. Opened the strips up and folded them back and forth in the areas I am bigger in then the form is. I then wrapped one strip over the folded stuff to better secure it. This batting is only 1/8th of an inch thick (I think?) And if you stretch the strips they get even thinner. This works to smooth out places where you have a bunch of pieces folded underneath.

So far that’s almost an entire queen sized sheet of this batting but I have about 2 feet of the roll left to use yet from the first bag of it. I haven’t touched the second bag yet. I need to take all this off and redo it I think until me in the mirror, and the padded form, match better…. The form is size 12 which was the closest size without going over on some measurements but the areas I need to tweak are larger then the form by several inches.

Above is the front sheath and back bodice muslin of the walkaway dress with the additional pieces I had to cut. I pinned them to the pattern piece they went to so I wouldn’t loose them before I got back to the Walkaway Dress. You can kind-of see on the pattern where the material JUST didn’t make it to…

I think I made the pieces correctly? I added a 5/8th seam allowance to them. I’ll see when I sew them together. I made notes on the pattern so I would hopefully know what I meant to do when it came time to doing it…  I didn’t want to cut into the original pattern so I just traced the bits on more tracing cloth. After I’m done with the pattern I can fold everything and put all the pattern pieces in a sandwich baggie so everything’s together when I use the pattern again. Other then those two pieced parts the skirt does fit on the 36″ wide fabric. You just need more fabric because of that sheath dress strip and the circle skirt layout doesn’t work like the pattern packet layout says it does on 45″ or 60″ fabric. Live and learn.

This long strip will be completely hidden behind the back bodice since it wraps around. I sadly didn’t cut the circle skirt yet. I will need to do that as soon as I can.

I figured I would throw this in too. As people in computer games say: “Pictures or it didn’t happen!” The finished thin knit nightmare wrap dress did indeed happen.

As you can see the knit sticks to the batting almost as well as the batting sticks to itself. It doesn’t hang like this on a real body. The knit drapes really well and it doesn’t poof on the waist. Honestly, I just threw it on the form and snapped the picture with VERY minimal fuss. The neck facing got tucked in as best I could since it needs ironing… badly…

Wish me luck re-doing the padding! Too tired to proof read this very well so I’m sorry if I’m writing REALLY badly. Take care for now everyone!



Wolf Hall Inspiration

Wolf Hall = Really Good.

Only 2 more episodes to go before PBS takes it off the internet for online viewing if anyone missed an episode or would like to watch it!

Below a link to the PBS page you can find the episodes on:

The short movie about the costuming on the show made me curious about the clothing design of the period. It said clothes were pinned and tied together like a jigsaw puzzle. I wonder if I can use this jigsaw puzzle type construction to make a dress that wouldn’t look costume-y that I can wear. The ability to switch out design elements in a dress to make a “new” dress is really a good idea to be thrifty. I need to find more information on how they did this. I would personally NOT use pins to hold large parts of a item of clothing together however. That’s just asking to be jabbed with one if it opens up. I’d be open to other ways of connecting the clothing parts though.

I had a sketch of something with some removable parts a year or so ago I designed. (I use designed loosely since it just made it as far as a piece of paper!!!) I wonder if I still have it somewhere? Now that I have the dress form I may actually be able to put the idea to cloth and see if I can get the “jigsaw” parts to work. A wedding dress with a removable train inspired me then. Here I thought I was coming up with something new! HA!

I remember I was going to conceal the joins of the removable parts with a pleat? Placket? Flap of some sort….. I was thinking snaps at first, (long ago) and some way they would be concealed once the piece was removed… Hmmm….. If anyone knows of good sites showing the construction of period clothing or construction along the lines of what I’m thinking I’d love it if you could share them! What I’m thinking may not even be possible.

Below is a quick-read interview with Joanna Eatwell the costume designer from Wolf Hall I thought was worth sharing too:

I still haven’t gotten out the camera to take pictures but COME HELL OR HIGH WATER I will snap photos of the walkaway pieces and the dress form padding progress TOMORROW! (Holding myself to that promise!)

I pulled my nightmare knit dress out of the box I threw it in for the winter too. I may just iron it tonight (or not, I may just take a photo of it wrinkled from winter storage) and snap a picture of that too, to finally put that project to rest. I never did take pictures of the finished dress! It’s facings are not staying put now after repeated washing. I should have sewn them down, but I was so sick of fighting with that dress I didn’t want to do more work on it after that last seam was sewn!


Started Cutting the Muslin for the Walkaway Dress

The title pretty much says it all. Since the material I cut 5 yards of wasn’t 45″ wide, but 36″ I didn’t have enough to cut the circle skirt pattern piece. I do have the sheath dress piece cut, as well as the back bodice piece. Both parts ran off the fabric so I had to cut an additional piece for them and add the 5/8 seam allowances in. I plan on cutting and washing an additional piece of muslin to cut the skirt in the next three days. (I have some things going on that will prevent me from working on it.)

The manufacturer of the dress form got back to me and sent the replacement base out a couple days ago, so I’m excited to (hopefully!) get the dress form standing on its pole soon. Once it’s up and standing I will start trying to pad it out, although I may not have gotten the correct batting… I got a thinner cotton, which I THINK is used to go on either side of the white puffy batting in a quilt sandwich. I picked it up because it was on discontinued clearance from Jo-Ann’s and I thought it would stick and mold to itself better then the white spongy stuff…. I will have to see how it goes. In my head I thought it wouldn’t squish out of shape as easy, but I haven’t seen anyone using it in any of the tutorials or YouTube videos on padding… (sigh?)

For anyone still reading this, I just watched the first two episodes of Wolf-Hall online at PBS. Masterpiece made it and I have to admit I cried at one point during each episode lol. I highly recommend watching it. I wasn’t convinced I would like it but it drew me in… I guess there are only 6 episodes of it. Then PBS will take it down from online viewing, so if you want to see it, catch it before it’s gone. I won’t discus what parts made me cry, but I’m sure anyone who saw it could guess! ;)

Anyway, Be well, and I swear I will post pictures soon of how stuff is going.