Transform A Dress Form into Display Mannequin Tutorial

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IMG_1218I have a dress form but I wanted to take picture of my work without the visual clutter of knobs and gaps. I have made a basic shirt to cover my dress form to create the look of a display  mannequin.

Transform A Dress Form into Display Mannequin Tutorial

Tools:

pins

marking tool

sewing machine

scissors

Materials:

light weight stretch knit

thread

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Take 2 pieces of knit and cut them slightly larger than the overall size of the form. My dress form needed 2 18″ by 30″ rectangles. Then pin them together snugging them up close to the form. Be sure to leave enough room to be able to get the “shirt” off the form.

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Mark where you want to sew. This will make it much easier when you take it to the sewing machine. I use a chalk pencil. It comes with many chalk colors so it works great for what ever you are working on

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Pull off carefully

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Sew along marked line. Black on black, sorry you can’t see very well. I used a straight stitch stretching the fabric as I sewed. This gave the stitches flexibility to get it over the form without cracking the seam. You could use a narrow zigzag stitch as well. When using the zigzag stitch you don’t need to stretch as you sew.

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Trim away excess leaving a 1/4″ inch seam allowance.

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Turn right side out and slid over dress form. There will most likely be a front and a back so if it fits odd try turning it around.  The last step is to pin the extra to the bottom of the dress form.

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Now you are ready for a photo shoot!

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