Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Doppelganger - Part Trois

I think I'm finally happy with her.

She's still a little larger than I am through the hips, but she's just a tad smaller in the upper chest. And I think I got the shoulder slope right.

But it definitely took more work than I had hoped.

After doing a LOT of research on the web over the weekend, I decided that truly drastic surgery was needed.

Yesterday, while I was out and about -even though gas has gotten a lot cheaper, I still group my errands just on general principle- I bought an electric carving knife for the purpose. I'd been using an old serrated bread knife, and it just wasn't up to the task. At least it was cheap due to holiday sales!

Front SurgeryBack Surgery

You can see I ended up cutting away beaucoup foam.

I took the cut-off breasts, cut them down to fit my bra, and positioned the filled bra much closer to the top of the form than the original would ever have permitted.

I gave her more of an hourglass figure by slicing the sides above the waist into a gentle curve.

I gave her a flat fanny alteration as well - getting toward the end of the process, I realized she had a much bigger tushy than I. I think she still has more booty than I ever will see again, but it's close enough ... and I prefer a looser fit there anyway.

The final thing I adjusted was the shoulder slope. This one scared me, quite frankly - I was sure I would ruin what had already turned into $150 investment.

I used the shoulder slope drawing I had Nick do for me when the form first arrived.

The purple lines are my shoulders. Yes I have funny bumps right at my shoulder points which cause me fitting fits and are my primary reason for wanting a true doppelganger dress form! The red lines are the forms shoulders. I drew this to have at least a guesstimate of how much to dig/curve in the shoulder area.

Here's the form after the shoulder surgery, up against my slope drawing. It's not perfect, but definitely WAY closer than ANYTHING I've ever had in terms of a dress form.

I don't think she'll be a complete substitute for fitting on me, but I think she'll be great for an initial tissue fit, and probably a certain amount of work-in-progress fitting.

I hope it's a good enough match to try some pattern draping.

I'm done futzing with her for a while. I'm more than ready to move on to other projects, and in any case, it'll take actually working with her as a fitting tool to see if I need to refine it any more.


Sherril said...

You are going to really enjoy using your dress form. It looks really great. I wish I had changed the shoulder shape on mine. The arm buds and upper chest are too big. I think if I ever loose some weight, I'll do some real surgery on mine too.

Liana said...

Congratulations on a great form! You've made it so usable, and the shoulder surgery was brilliant. I have those little bumps at the end of the shoulder too! What's wrong with us??? (Just kidding.) :)

Johanna Lu said...

Wow, what a fascinating project. The fit of the moulage looks perfect. I really admire your courage and resilience (I would have been nervous cutting into the expensive foam). Your hard work definitely paid off!

JustPam said...

I just bought one of these and didn't even think to buy one based on my upper chest measurement. Now I will have to do extensive surgery to get that area along with the shoulders down to my size. Thank you for showing what you did with your form as I will have to be performing similar surgery.