|King Sized Pineapple Log Cabin Progress: Block 21 of 36|
|Say Hello to Headless Helena!|
I suppose I should have taken a picture of what the size 6 dress form looked like when she arrived, before any padding was added, but I didn't think of it. Just imagine a headless, limbless, but perky 16-year-old cheerleader, and that's pretty much what a size 6 dress form looks like right out of the box. (Now is probably a good time to warn readers that this blog post will be talking a lot about Mom Boobs, so if that sort of thing offends you or does not interest you, feel free to stop reading).
Although I ordered my dress form from Fabulous Fit, I should mention that the Fabulous Fit system works with ANY dress form you may already own, provided that your dress form is small enough to match your skeletal frame. That bears repeating -- with padding, you alter your dress form by adding lumps of flesh like boobs, belly, and badonk-a-donk buttocks... You can increase her dimensions at any point with padding, but you cannot do anything to make the dress form SMALLER if even one part of her is too big. My initial mistake in ordering a too-big dress form in the first place happened because I looked only at my full bust, waist, and hip measurements and ordered a dress form one size smaller than the smallest of those measurements. However, the part of my body that is the smallest is the upper chest area between my bust and shoulders and the size 10 dress form was 2" BIGGER than me in the upper chest. I also realized that the dress form needed to be MUCH smaller than I am at the bottom in order for me to create the necessary "curves" of my belly and behind and still end up at the correct overall dimensions.
Once I had a size 6 dress form instead of a 10, here's what I did to get a fairly accurate representation of my own size and shape. I knew I was going to have to add significantly to the bust on my dress form, so I went out to Jo-Ann's and bought several different packages of shoulder pads and bust enhancer pads that I could use in conjunction with the contoured pads that came in the Fabulous Fit kit. I also purchased about a yard of the thickest polyester quilt batting they had. As per the Fabulous Fit directions, I started at the top of my dress form, pulling down the tight knit fabric cover over one section of the form at a time, slipping the appropriate contoured pads into position beneath the cover to correct the dimensions and shape where needed.
|Who Knew?! I Have Trapezius Muscles!!|
The Fabulous Fit kit comes with one set of breast pads, which are shaped like this:
|Fabulous Fit Contoured Breast Pads|
|Additional Pads Used|
|Helena With Matching Mom Boobs|
|Fabulous Fit Stomach Pad|
|Helena's Two-Pad Tummy|
|Fabulous Fit "Back Hip" Pads|
|Headless Helena, Rear View|
|Headless Helena, Ready to Sew|
|NEW fabric, Prewashed and Ready to Iron|
And now, as a reward to myself for all of this self-inflicted suffering and angst, I bought a bunch of cheerful fabric for my 1930's Farmer's Wife quilt blocks (YES, I am starting a new project and NO, I haven't finished any of my other quilts yet, thank you very much).
I'm still loving my paper-pieced pineapple log cabin quilt, but those blocks get monotonous to piece one after another, 97 fabric strips per block, and I need to sprinkle in some variety. With the Farmer's Wife sampler quilt, I plan to explore more paper piecing as well as using templates rather than rotary cutting.
|Choosing Fabrics for First Farmer's Wife Quilt Blocks!|
That's what I was up to on Superbowl Sunday!
I'm linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Design Board Monday at Bits 'n Bobs.
you must really want to make custom dresses to go through all this hassle - but then I do not dress up so I'm easy - I get jeans and t's etc., a skirt here and there when I need them or a pair of dress pants. Good luck in your endeavor! Love the pineapple block
Nice synopsis on making your dress form match you. You will value Headless Helena as you develope your me made clothes. She will cut the time in your muslin stages of garments down as you will see your body variations from patterns quickly. Once you figure out your body variations and how to alter for your body, you will breeze through making t-shirts and simple garments. You will find once the basics are understood you will make customized and couture inspired changes that will be better made and unique to anything you could afford in a store.
I'm loving your pineapple blocks. That will be a Cal King quilt to enjoy for many years.
(From the Silicon Valley where the Super Bowl noise was quite impressive.)
I'm impressed with your time and patience! I too have a fabulous fit dress form and I have never taken the time to pad her up. I'm now inspired to give it a try - thank you!
I've never heard of that dress form company, but then I seldom sew clothing because I'm so bad at it. But I think it could help even me. Thank you for such a good look at it and what you did to make it work. I'd probably order a size too big also if I hadn't read this.
Your pineapple block is fantastic! Are they 1/2 inch completed strips?
I no longer make my own clothes, but wow I'm impressed! I feel like I'm watching Project Runway. I'm a quilter so I came here from Design Board Monday because of the pineapple block, which is awesome. But I'm leaving with a whole new appreciation for custom clothing. Good luck with the Farmer's Wife blocks...your fabrics so far are fab!
I love the pineapple block. Congrats on getting the dress form right. I can imagine what kind of emotional toll that takes. *hugs*
I love the pineapple block....so colourful! I have never been much good at making clothes....but maybe because I never had a dress form! You have so much patience to get it right...I hope it pays off. Thanks for sharing.
Hi, Marti. When I measure the finished strip sizes on my pineapple log cabin block, they measure just UNDER 3/4" FW -- sort of in between 5/8" and 3/4". I'm using a foundation pattern that is a free Fons & Porter download that you can get here: http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/pineapple_log_cabin_quilt_foundation_piecing_scrap_quilt_international_quilt_study_center_and_museum_quilt
This particular pineapple log cabin pattern was designed to replicate an antique quilt in the International Quilt Study museum, so that's probably the reason behind the odd size for the finished patches. Perhaps the original quilt started out with 3/4" finished strips that shrank a bit over time?
*Love* the pineapple log cabin block! This is a block I can see myself trying, just maybe not enough for a king size quilt. :) Thanks for the info on the dress form. It was interesting to me to read about how to make the form fit your individual body shape. I had never thought of it being that much work. Sounds like it requires a lot of patience - congrats on getting it done! Thanks for linking to MCM!
And that is exactly why I gave up dress making and turned to quilting. Although some days it is a challenge to sew a straight line.
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