Tuesday, April 15, 2008

At right are the main pattern pieces for the mannequin arm. The arm pattern which comes from the class in Ann Arbor and the guests who visited Paris, is a size 38.
To grade the pieces; draw a long center perpendicular line for each piece on a fresh piece of pattern paper.
Shift the pattern pieces the indicated amount from center line; nb 4 millimeters up at cap, 3 millimeters at left and at right side at cross cap on large piece and 3 millimeters at left and at right side on corresponding under arm piece,and 2 millimeters at left and at right side at wrist point. These increments grade the pattern by one size.
NOTE:that for the underarm piece you must maintain the platitude of 1.5 centimeters at the curve from the center line toward the concave seam (inside seam) to avoid a peak at underarm.


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  2. Greetings Shermane: I enjoyed your company and your draping class on the Hidden Paris Tour Dec. 2007. Maybe you remember Marti from Charleston, SC who doesn't wear BLACK! I'm still searching for the right mannequin. I'm 5'2" and my short waistedness is a big issue. I particularly want one that is nicely pinnable too. Are you familiar with the Fabulous Fit products? http://www.fabulousfit.com/ What interests me is not so much the mannequin, but the system of padding that can be bought separately and used to shape the figure to suit. I'm also unsure of what size to order. Any comments will be appreciated.

  3. Hello,

    I'm wondering if you perhaps have the mannequin arm directions available for purchase? I've made several mannequin arms from various instructions but none look quite as good as yours...I'd love to be able to buy the information to make one.