Where in the World??

Heh, I guess that last blog post didn’t prove to be true at all, did it? I finally got my *new* laptop yesterday after Dell delayed the shipment…twice. Plus, the borrowed laptop I was using would only let me use it for 20 minutes since it would then overheat and shut off.

So for the last two weeks, I’ve been only able to do important stuff, like check email and pay bills. Oh, and order some fabric…

This is the fabric that I ordered for the Mini Wardrobe Contest but didn’t have a swatch for for my storyboard. Isn’t it to die for?? It looks like something straight from the Anthropologie catalog. I whipped this up into my good ol’ standby pattern for knit tops. Pictures to follow (after I wash it).

Just cut this knit out this week, but haven’t gotten that far along with it. I can tell though, with the drapey neckline, the stripes are going to look really cool. This will be my stand in top for the contest if it looks better with everything than the floral tee.

And now, I present you my new friend Ethel. I’m a little…unsure how she’s going to work out with me. She’s much broader through the shoulders than I am, and (surprisingly) much flatter than I am. All of her bust measurement is through how wide around she is, and not with how much she can fill out her shirt.

See? Looks how flat she is in my suit jacket:

Poor thing, she’s like a prepubescent 12-year old girl.

So I adjusted her down to the smallest measurement, bought a sew-in swimsuit bra for her, and pinned it to her and stuffed it with batting. I’m not sure how it’ll work, but at least it’ll give a more accurate depiction of how a top will fit. She’s been a great help so far in modeling the overall look of a garment. It’s nice to step back from a project and take an objective look at what you’re looking on. It’s easier to judge a garment when it’s not on you!



  1. August 16, 2008 / 12:50 pm

    You’re right, it’s easier to judge a garment when it’s not on you. Make-up, hair, shoes… all get in the way! I have the same bust issue with my form, so thanks for the great idea of the swimbra to aid that issue!

  2. September 2, 2008 / 6:27 pm

    I named my mannequin “Sunny.” My real name, Clare, means “bright and shining,” so “Sunny” seemed appropriate.
    Like Ethel, her bustline takes her entire circumference into account and doesn’t allow for ’roundness.’ I know exactly what you mean! I love the idea of using a sew-in swimsuit bra to fill her out a bit.
    Frankly, if they’re going to make adjustable mannequins…shouldn’t you be able to adjust everything????

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