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Tools for measuring the body/body form

The most essential tools when one is measuring the body or a body form, are those that make the job easiest, quickest and most accurate to finish the needed task.

A painter without his brushes cannot paint a picture.
A chef without ingredients cannot make a good meal.
And so, a fashion designer without proper tools cannot make a good garment.

So what does one need to correctly measure a body or a body form?
13 absolutely necessary items.

Measuring devices needed:
– both hard-edged and flexible measuring devices are needed to measure flat pattern and the body
– both in imperial and metric figures (you will likely come across companies that use either one)|
– appropriate attire for those individuals being measured

1.
The INDIVIDUAL you are making the garment for, a MODEL if the garment being designed is for a collection (normally as a 2nd fit trial, after the body form), or a BODY FORM if you are making a collection using the standard size chart.

Tools _ Measuring _ Individual bodyTools _ Measuring _ Body form

Body forms come in various shapes and sizes, available as adjustable or non-adjustable, with or without other body parts.  So do your research on the available types and choose carefully when making the investment.

2.
MASKING TAPE (1/4″ width in black colour)
– used to mark your seams on the body form
Tools _ Measuring _ Masking tape (quarter inch, black)

3.
UNITARD or a LIGHT GARMENT
– inform the person being measured to wear something light for measuring
– good to keep in your studio in case your client shows up in a thicker garment
– can be skin tight or loose, one or two piece
Unitard (skin tight)Tight garment for measuring

4.
BRA
– necessary for the person being measured, for the purpose of correct fitting of the garment especially if the garment being made is fitted
– whatever will be worn with the garment: regular, strapless, stick-on, push up, etc.

Tools _ measuring _ Bra (push up)

5.
HIGH HEELS OR SHOES to be worn with garment being made
– necessary for the garment length measurements for those individuals whose garments will be worn with the heels, or a fit for a specific type of a shoe in terms of pant hem width
Tools _ Measuring _ High heels (parachute)

6.
HAIR TIE
– helpful in keeping the long hair out of the way, when measuring the body
Tools _ Measuring _ Hair tie elastic

7.
MIRROR
– necessary when measuring your own self, to see correct start and end positions to be measured
– full length
Tools _ Measuring _ Mirror (full length, oval)

8.
STRING
– helps in accurately measuring the body from waist up and down, when placed around the waist
– cotton/hemp or similar, and non-slippery
Tools _ Measuring _ Cotton string roll

9.
MEASUREMENT TAPE
– essential for taking body measurements and other non-flat and non-straight surfaces
– good to have both in inches and in centimeters
Tools _ Measuring _ Tape measure (Dritz) 60inch

10.
MEASUREMENT FORM SHEET
– useful for easy reference of all body measurements
Tools _ Measuring _ Measurement form sheet

11.
MECHANICAL PENCIL
– used for clean and clear writing, drawing and marking
Tools _ Measuring _ Mechanical pencil

12.
PENCIL LEAD
– never get stuck half way when completing your work
Tools _ Measuring _ Pencil lead

13.
ERASER
– used for easy erasing of pencil drawn measurements
Tools _ Measuring _ Eraser

These 13 items will make your measuring of the individual or the body form most accurate, easy and quick.

2015 in review

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Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Follow my Progress – cocktail dress

Follow my Progress is a progressive event in which you can follow how I go about creating a fancy and well constructed cocktail dress, simply from an idea created in my mind.

I have developed a new tab above, called “Follow my Progress”.
You can visit that page on a weekly basis to follow my progress on this particular project and learn the process that goes on in creating a garment.

Whenever the “Follow my Progress” page has been updated, I will post a note on the homepage to inform everyone.

In order for you to be informed immediately as I update the page, make sure that you FOLLOW this blog by clicking “Sign me up!” grey button on the right bottom side (below my photo), on the homepage.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions on that page if there was something that you wanted me to explain more in detail.  I would be more than happy to do so! :)

Follow my Progress (1)

COMING SOON! Pattern drafting book

Book magic

If you liked our previous post on pattern drafting tools and other related posts, then you will be happy to learn that we are coming out with a pattern drafting book in January.

This being the very first book, we have decided to split it into a series of smaller books that go into the very detail of each topic.

This by far will be the most detailed of books, so that even someone who has never had any pattern drafting experience will be able to completely understand and follow, giving a strong base for further pattern drafting.

The first part of the book will focus on the very core of what pattern drafting is all about.
We thoroughly explain, with detailed writing and photos with explanations, about taking body measurements for a basic skirt block, the reasoning behind each part being pattern drafted and checking of the skirt once it’s been stitched.

Keep checking back for more updates and definitely check back in January once the book is out.
You may put yourself on the waiting list to receive the book once it comes out, by sending us a message – please click CONTACT tab above.

Throughout the next couple of months, we will be flashing excerpts from the book to give you a taste of what is coming.

Hope you’re just as excited about our first book as we are! :)

We are always happy to hear from you, so if there are any difficulties that you have found in making your skirts, let us know and we will be sure to include those details fully explained in this book.

HELPERS for fashion show needed

DATE:  Tuesday, 24th March 2015
TIME:  2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LOCATION:  Jumeirah, Dubai
TYPE:  Voluntary work
– males and females needed for various tasks

To help out with arranging everything prior to the fashion show:
– help the designers arrange their garments
– help models dress up
– assist in decorating
– iron table cloths
– serve food
– various tasks as needed

Contact:  dfi(at)dubaifashionincubator(DOT)com

Hair and Make-up artist needed

FOR:  Photo shoot and video shoot of high end evening gown details and gown trials.

Artist will be given the photos and video in turn for the shoot, for their portfolio.
Great for artists who are looking to incorporate videos (and additional photos)  into their portfolios!

USE:  company catalog and website
DATE:   Friday, 27 March, 2015
TIME:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION of shoot:  Ajman
TRANSPORTATION:  Provided

Please submit your portfolio and photos for consideration.
Contact: dfi(AT)dubaifashionincubator(DOT)com

Models needed

3 female models needed

FOR:  Photo shoot and video shoot of high end evening gown details and gown trials.
Also looking for 1 model for conservative lingerie (not transparent, not indecent).

Models will be given the photos and video in turn for the shoot, for their portfolio.
Great for models who are looking to incorporate videos (and additional photos)  into their portfolios!

USE:  company catalog and website
DATE:   Friday, 27 March, 2015
TIME:  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LOCATION of shoot:  Ajman
TRANSPORTATION:  Provided

Please submit your portfolio and photos for consideration.
Contact: dfi(AT)dubaifashionincubator(DOT)com