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Yesterday was the first day of my draping class. I put my “lady” in the car the night before. (I am sure that my car got some strange looks since it looked like there was a body in the car.) I wasn’t sure what I needed but I grabbed my scissors and head to class.

There were 3 of us there today. One of my fellow classmates is the shop owner and the other is only taking this portion of the class where we alter the dressform. Today we were just working on altering the dressform to match our measurements. It sounds easy enough…well it’s not that simple. It took an hour and a half just to get all the measurements. For each measurement we would measure the dressform and then ourselves. Once we had all the measurements we had to stand and look at the dressform and ourselves in the mirror to see where we needed to pad it. Keep in mind that we are doing this in the middle of one of the aisles at Joanns. People are walking past us and giving us funny looks as we are trying to evaluate the breast placement on the dressform and if we need to change it.

To adjust the dressform we had a fit kit that is basically a bunch of foam pads pre-molded to kit of various parts of the dressform. You want to be able to pretty much disappear behind your dressform. You really have to look at yourself and the dressform to see where you need to add more. I bought dressform a couple sizes small so knew that I would need to pad it out more. We started my adding the pads on to the form. They are just pinned and will be covered up eventually. Here is what is started to look like with some of the pads on.

Once the pads are on you start to cover the dressform in batting. You have to do quite a bit of layering to make it look natural. After an hour of working on actually adjusting the dressform, class was over and it was time to go. I will be able to finish it all next week but here is what it looked like be the time I left.

Yes is looks like fake butt cheeks and yes it looks like my dressform is wearing a batting thong. It will look much better after next week.

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Sewing machine issues

I have not posted anything here in a while and there is a reason…one of my sewing machines is not working correctly. My serger keeps braking thread and I can’t figure out why. If you don’t know what a serger is, it a type of sewing machine that uses from 3 to 5 spoils of thread and at least 2 needles to create an overlock stitch. The overlock stitch is used to prevent fabric from fraying, it also is a very secure stitch.

So my machine will have to the sewing machine hospital to get fixed. I will miss it while it’s gone. It’s probably good that it’s going in because I haven’t had it serviced since I got it.

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