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I recieved an adjustable mannequin for christmas and I have no idea how to use it. I think I have the measurements correct, do I just cut out the pattern and pin it on or is their a certain process I should follow?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated…


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    Feb 13, 2011, 10.12 PMby mlssfshn

    I would suggest googling a manual for it, but what you said is pretty much it.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.01 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I use my mannequin to test the paper pattern pieces by pinning them to it. I also put my garments on it during the sewing process to check fit and make fitting adjustments. You can drape fabric on it to create a design etc, the uses are endless. Lucky you, I love my mannequin and can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner :)

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.02 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Oh one more thing, when you adjust the dials to your measurements don’t go by the numbers on the dials, they are a good indication but it’s best to test with the measuring tape as well.

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      Feb 14, 2011, 11.38 AMby katexxxxxx

      THIS! Absolutely!

      And don’t rely on the dummy fitting. Dress dummies are excellent – I use mine all the time! – but they are NOT your exact shape, and you still need to do a personal fitting.

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    Feb 14, 2011, 12.31 PMby bohemiannow

    The same applies for dress forms we make with that adhesive tape measuring, using our own body as a model? When i’ll make mine (soon) i should try them on me too?

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      Feb 14, 2011, 02.31 PMby katexxxxxx

      Yes! The mannequin will be rigid, doesn’t bend, and can’t breath. It also doesn’t squish like a body! So you still need to do fittings, though it should take fewer and they’ll be easier. :)

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      Feb 15, 2011, 12.50 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Be careful not to overstuff your personal dress form, check the measurements regularly as you stuff it. I haven’t made one like this, although I LOVE the idea, but I have heard that can be a problem.
      And I agree with Kate, you do still need to try the clothing on yourself but the dressform helps you get closer to the perfect fit.

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