Use a dress form or body mannequin to check, size and alter your pattern. Check the hang and appearance of your fabric. Essential for setting collars, sleeves, pockets and darts. Example:
- how to use a dressform while dressmaking.
A dress form
will make garment making and alterations easier, more satisfying and more rewarding than you ever thought possible. It's the only sure way of achieving a really professional look to garments, whether you're making clothes for yourself or someone else.
When the dress form or mannequin has been assembled and adjusted to specific measurements, it becomes a replica of the person for whom the garment is being made. Pattern fitting, fabric pinning, tacking, setting in of sleeves and darts, and many more operations can be carried out on the form, avoiding the irritation of constantly trying the garment on to judge its fit.
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