How to Make a Body Double (aka Dress Form)

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This class shows how to create a Body Double (aka Dress Form) from an Upper and a Lower Torso sloper. If you have a Bra Sloper, you can use that to recreate an accurate representation of the body for specific bra styles. You can create a full body double, a torso form, and/or a pants form.

In addition to the full size body doubles, in the fourth week we will scale the same patterns down to create half scale and quarter scale body doubles which some people call mini-me forms. These small scale forms are very useful for checking out design ideas before you commit to making full size garments.

The class is structured so that you can create the body forms that are appropriate to your needs and skip the instructions for the forms you are not interested in. For example, if you only want a torso form, you can skip the information on how to create the legs.

Supplies
Body Doubles require some supplies and tools you may already have on hand for patternmaking. But they also require some tools and supplies that are unique to creating these body doubles. For a complete list, see Body Double Supplies and Tools.

The Slopers
These Body Doubles are based on the idea that you are working from custom-fit slopers that show the shape on an individual body. There are many ways to create slopers. If you have not created the Upper Torso and Lower Torso Slopers as I describe them, see the video below to verify that the slopers you have will work for these Body Doubles.

Enrollment: To take this as Independent Studies, contact Don@deofsf.com
Week One: Introduction, Measurements, and Body Cross Sections
Week Two: Creating a Form from the Waist Down
Week Three: Creating a Form from the Waist Up
Week Four: Scaling Patterns and Mini-Me Forms
Price for Course: $40.00 USD
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To learn more about the purpose and content of this class, you may view the videos below.

An Introduction
( 5:52 minutes )
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(1:15 min - 9.7mb) (3:45 min - 1.5mb)
The Required Slopers
( 2:18 minutes )
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(0:30 min - 3.8mb) (1:30 min - 623kb)
Supplies and Tools,
Part One
( 6:41 minutes )
For DSL or Broadband For Dialup Connections
(1:30 min - 11.1mb) (4:15 min - 1.7mb)
Supplies and Tools,
Part Two
( 5:46 minutes )
For DSL or Broadband For Dialup Connections
(1:15 min - 9.5mb) (3:45 min - 1.5mb)