Clothing Construction, Fabrics, Fashion Design

Bioengineer Actually Meets Dress Form

Today was a busy day. I did the draping for my top and cut the pattern and watched the epic Federer vs. Monfils US Open tennis match.  (That Federer though. What an athlete. What a gentleman. What incredible hair.)

We’ll start with the draping, well because we have to.  You can see it in the images at the end with the white looking fabric on the dress form (Click on the thumbnails to make them bigger).  As you can also see, it’s only half of the dress form because the other side will just be the mirror image (guess I did need that geometry from high school…kind of).

The purpose of the draping was mainly to figure out how and where to place the darts (those triangular folds you see) so the top would fit nicely.  On the front, the two darts remove that extra triangle of fabric on the abs and under the arms so it doesn’t just hang there like a T-shirt.  On the back, there’s one dart that takes out the extra fabric on the lower back.  I then marked the the dart folds, the two on the front and the one on the back, which will all be triangles when I unfold them.

I did a very rough outline of the neck and sleeves while it was on the dress form just to get a feel for the placement, that way I can adjust it on the pattern or later when I actually make the top.  I also marked the side seam, shoulders, and waist (in the color purple, like the Oprah movie).

In order to make the patterns, which are the two flat pieces you see in the pictures at the bottom made out of the purple flowery fabric  (yeah, so? It’s just the reverse of the fabric on the form. That’s all I could find, ok?), I took the fabric off of the dress form and cut along the lines I’d marked.  The cut out triangles are where the darts were (that’s where the excess fabric was I wanted to take out).

When I make the actual shirt, the triangles won’t be cut out; I’ll just draw the edges, fold them on top of each other, and sew them together (and it will kind of look like what it was on the dress form, but neater, duh). Also, fun fact: I didn’t know whether I was supposed to cut out the fabric in the darts on the pattern, but I cut one edge without paying attention…so I basically had to cut out the rest.

I’ve also included a couple of photos of what the actual shape should look like when it’s finished.  I basically just pinned the pattern onto the form but at least it gives you an idea.

And a fabric note: I was watching Project Runway, and I think I’ve found a fabric that better suits the box dress so I’m switching it to glass organza.  It’s more like what I envisioned but I didn’t know what it was exactly. Haha.

Next, I’ll do the skirt.  Or go buy the fabric. Not sure yet.

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Music Credit: Selected American Top 40 Hits and the occasional tennis grunt.

Draping - Front of Top Angle: Head On

Draping of Top – Front
Angle – Head On

Draping of Top - Front Angle - Side View

Draping of Top – Front
Angle – Side View

Draping of Top - Back Angle - Head On

Draping of Top – Back
Angle – Head On

Draping of Top - Back Angle - Side View

Draping of Top – Back
Angle – Side View

Pattern for the front of the top.  When I cut the actual top, I will make the right side of the top by using the mirror image of this pattern.

Pattern for the front of the top. When I cut the actual top, I will make the right side of the top by using the mirror image of this pattern.

Pattern for the back of the top. When I cut the actual top, I will make the left side of the top by using the mirror image of this pattern.

Pattern for the back of the top. When I cut the actual top, I will make the left side of the top by using the mirror image of this pattern.

How the top will look shape-wise once it's made. Angle - Head On

How the top will look shape-wise once it’s made.
Angle – Head On

How the top will look from the front, shape-wise, once it's made. Angle - Side view

How the top will look from the front, shape-wise, once it’s made.
Angle – Side view

How the top will look from the back, shape-wise once it's made. Angle - Head on

How the top will look from the back, shape-wise once it’s made.
Angle – Head on

How the top will look from the back, shape-wise, once it's made. Angle - Side view

How the top will look from the back, shape-wise, once it’s made.
Angle – Side view

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