Hello there giant flemish bunnies! January just whipped by didn’t it? That’s a relief. I have found, to my dismay, that the weather in Nashville is more like the weather in Minneapolis than Texas. The Nashvillians of my acquaintance keep telling me that this is unusual. This freakishly cold winter. They claim that it’s normally balmy and sweet this time of year. Sweet like giant flemish bunnies and faries. I personally think they are delusional. Or there’s some sort of citywide conspiracy to trick the northern girl.
So. There’s that.
In other news… thank you all so much for the sweet comments and notes, emails! Life has normalized a bit for me. In the first week of January the paperwork came through and made my single girl status official. Mr. Bug and I have been talking. Not every day, or even every week. But occasional checkins. He’s not happy, but we both understand more. We can trade hound updates, although we’re not friends on Facebook anymore. Ah, this age of technology. Managing relationship updates via Facebook is such an odd, tricky thing, isn’t it?
I’m happy. I like Nashville. I’ve been gathering more fabric, yarn. Reading. And… turns out the thing with the forester man is actually a thing. It was bumpy over Christmas. There was some serious emotional roller coaster action. But we’re building something together. Something very, very nice. We’re sorting through things – he’s in VIrginia and I’m in Tennessee, just about eight hours by car and difficult by plane. We work together and are figuring out how to do that without making everyone feel odd (note to all of you… be very, VERY careful when utilizing any group instant messaging tool…) We’re learning about each other. We are master Skypers and we laugh a lot. It’s a whole new chapter and makes me grin.
And…. the forester lives in a really lovely part of Virginia, so I’ve gotten to visit a few times. For any of ya’ll who follow me on Instagram… you’ve seen the pictures! I’ll post a few a bit later.
But. This is a sewing blog. Let’s talk sewing, shall we?
Look what I got for myself!
That’s right, flemish giants. I got tired of sewing and fitting in my underwear and decided to get a dress form. I went with the Dritz ‘My Double’ Full Figure Dress Form. It was $150. I was torn between the ‘Twin Fit‘ and ‘My Double’. I didn’t spend a lot of time researching, but it seemed that the ‘My Double’ has a more ‘mature’ shape. Yeah, that means the girls are low slung… see more on that in a bit.
The form IS pretty shaky, just like the reviews say. I couldn’t bring myself to spend any more on the form, though. Perhaps I can coax some of my civil engineer colleagues to come over and reinforce the thing.
OK – first, let’s do the straight on view. Before the pics…. I have a friend with the EXACT same measurements as me (I’ve sewn for her), but we’re shaped very differently, and it really helped me understand my own shape. My hips are relatively narrow, with a more round tummy. My shoulders are very, very narrow. The smallest part (my waist?) is right below my bust and is a good 3 or 4 inches smaller than where the waistband of my trousers hit. My hips are fuller up high, versus the more ‘classic’ hourglass shape where more inches are lower down…
Let’s see it in action! Here’s the form (pretty much) straight on!
Of course, the dress doesn’t have the benefit of the hand to the waist pose that I had in real life, but I can see that the bust is actually quite low on the dress form, compared to on me. And there’s something off with the distribution of weight on the form. I’ve got more roundess going on that you can even see under the full skirt. And the shoulders on the form are pretty wide, which is going to be a problem with fitted bodices, I think.
Now to the side view – which is CRAZY in how different it looks from the form to the the real life body. First. The form unadorned…
WHOA!! Amiright? I swear to god, flemish gods… The ‘measurements’ are the same from me to the form! But look at that difference! My booty sticks WAY out, and I was surprised to see that that the the bustline on the form looks more low slung than on me.
Never fear….since I’m OCD, I went ahead and ordered the size XL padding set from Fabulous Fit right off the bat. We all sewists all know how two folks with the same measurements can look completely different. My main reason for getting the dress form is to work through pattern grading, so I want the form to be as much my double as possible.
Just LOOK at everything thing I got! And there’s TWO different muslin covers (to make it more finished!) I’m not 100% sure on the difference between the covers – I think one has princess seams, and one has more traditional dressmakers marks.
My next step is to ratchet down the measurements all around (especially the hips) and then pad out so it looks more like me. I’m not sure I have enough padding to do what I’d like, but I’ll give it a try! My only realy concern is the width of the shoulders, which I’m not sure I’m going to get to a good starting place, as I have freakishly narrow T-Rex shoulders…
More on that in another post, though! Isn’t it EXCITING?? Once I get the form down, I’ll be working on grading/adjusting Colette’s Chantilly and then sewing up the seven yards of silk I recently obtained…
Oh! And before I head to bed…. a few pictures from my trips to Virginia…
The forester has a cozy little apartment in this charming building…
Mountain views from a Sunday drive along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Nat’l Forest (I think… I didn’t verify that I’m calling the drive OR the park exactly what the rest of the world calls them!)
The completely awesome yarn barn… forester man RESEARCHED where all the yarn and fabric shops near his home were before I got there. Now… that’s a man worth knowing, amiright?
Finally, one of the sweet little streets in the town where forester man lives… seriously, chickens. ALL the little shops and houses in the town look like this! It’s adorable
Lovely, isn’t it?