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setting a dress form

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:14 pm
by wabb92
I just bought a Dritz My Double Deluxe Dressform. I'm having trouble understanding how to apply measurements to the form....

1st: How do I use the dial to set measurements? For example, when I set the waist to 30" on all the dials, it does not actually measure 30" with a measuring tape.

2nd: I don't quite understand how the bust measurement works. My dress form (which I named Mavis) is rather flat chested. When I apply measurements for a girl with a C cup, I'm just increasing the size of Mavis's entire rib cage/skeleton and she still has a flat chest. The girl I'm sewing for is pretty small. If I want to keep her rib cage size and still account for having a C cup, do I put a bra on Mavis and dial her down till she's smaller? Basically I set Mavis to the real girl's band size and then put a bra on her?

Please help if you can. I'm rather confused and I don't know anyone who does tailored sewing. :(
Many thanks,