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Fitting Essentials: Customize Your Dress Form

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Make fitting, designing and altering garments easier and more effective. Customize any dress form to replicate your body perfectly.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Judy Jackson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Personalize any dress form to your measurements with acclaimed sewing instructor Judy Jackson. Start with Judy's tips for selecting a dress form and working with a fitting partner to record all the measurements you need. Then create or adjust a dress form cover to ensure you end up with a perfect body double. Learn how to pad a studio or adjustable dress form to fill out your custom cover and replicate your body. See how to carve a foam dress form to personalize the shape before you add batting for a smooth result beneath the cover. Finish your custom dress form with a fit check and markings for design lines. Use accessible materials and simple sewing to create a body-double dress form that opens the door to your best-fitting garments!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Choosing a Dress Form
Meet your instructor, expert sewer Judy Jackson, and learn about the three varieties of dress forms you can customize -- studio, adjustable and foam -- including their advantages and disadvantages. Whether you already own a dress form or are considering purchasing one, you'll be delighted to discover how to modify it for a perfect fit every time you sew.
2. Measuring & Evaluating Shape
3. The Dress Form Cover
4. Fitting the Cover
5. Creating Shape
6. Customizing a Foam Form
7. The Final Fit

Recommended with this class

  • Studio, adjustable or foam dress form
  • 36" - 45" separating zipper
  • High-loft batting

Taught by

Judy  Jackson
Judy Jackson
Judy Jackson has been teaching fashion design and theater costuming for more than 30 years. She's an instructor in the fashion departments at City College of San Francisco and Canada College in Redwood City, California, where she enjoys sharing her love of patternmaking, draping and design. Judy is involved in many local theater companies, where she both designs and constructs costumes for the stage. She has also published research in the area of computerized pattern-drafting methods.

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