A guide to choosing the right dressmakers dummy

For businesses involved in dressmaking, couture or alterations, a good dressmaker's dummy is an essential piece of kit for designing, modelling, sizing and altering clothes. But with so many different types on the market, how do you choose the right one? Our handy guide will help.

Picking the right dummy

To pick the right dummy model for your business, it helps to know what your needs are. Those who sow for one customer, or a particular standard size, may be happy to use a standard dress form with a single set of sizes. Those who need to use a dressmaker's dummy for a range of clients will prefer to have an adjustable model, which allows adjustment for height as well as girth. Most good models will be adjustable for the dress form and have a minimum of eight sections.

Most professionals will also need an adjustable dressmakers dummy that is sturdy and easy to adjust. Twelve adjustable sections are the most common for those sewing exacting garments. A deluxe trouser form is also very useful for those making trousers.

Popular models

The K&L, available from Morplan, is the industry's best-selling standard model. Its dimensions are modelled on the female form, according to the UK's sizing definition and the dummy is made with a polyester body, reinforced with long lasting glass. The highest standards of production have been applied to ensure accuracy when pattern cutting and the dummy can be adjusted using the tubular steel base.The K&L is also available in miniature scaled-down sizes, which saves money for dressmakers and designers, by allowing them to produce smaller-size samples and toiles. The dummy has a linen cover, with accurate seams and lines which are based on the UK's standard measurements. Again, the dummy is supplied on a wooden stand. These smaller size dummies are also popular with shop windows and exhibitions, for demonstrating techniques and work in progress.For top quality dressmaker's dummies, the Morplan Tailor's bust forms are an excellent choice and manufactured using traditional techniques. The form is made from high-quality fibreglass with a linen cover. It is hand made to ensure perfect quality and stitch lines and will be serviceable for many years to come, with a robust wooden stand.The Adjust-a-Bust is an excellent resource for dressmakers working from sizes 12 to 20 in the UK and the model can be adjusted to independently set sizes for hips and waist, allowing total customisation of the client's measurements by adding wadding, the belly plate or rolled fabric pieces. Sleeves can be checked with the hinged arm and the chrome stand is adjustable, with an elastic cover. The bust, neck, hips, waist, height and nape to waist are all adjustable and the dummy is easy to adjust, with graduations provided in imperial and metric measures. The body is lightweight and made of plastic, with a felt cover that is ideal for pinning. Additionally, female models are provided with in integrated chalk hem marker.Hem markers can also be bought as standalone products and these blow a fine chalk line at the desired hem length, removing any need to pin. They work for any kind of material and can be adjusted in centimetres, with refills available.Regardless of your needs, you will find the adjustable dressmakers dummy that you need from Morplan, at a price to suit.

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Natural Inspirations Influencing Modern Design

Design and style within the home is something many of us consider important. Your interior design choices help create a home that reflects your personality andtastes, as well as helping to make it feel welcoming to others.

Each room should take on its own characteristics, including the bathroom, which is often a neglected space (just because this room is highly functional doesn’t mean it has to sacrifice style.

Just ask Bella Bathrooms; they understand how important it is to have a stylish, yet functional space. You don’t have to focus on the bog standard white suites, neutral colour palettes and basic furniture. You need to inject your own style. After all, the kitchen is highly functional, but it is no longer a neglected space. Surely the same should also apply to the bathroom?

Nature has always been a key inspiration and there is no better place to include the theme than in the bathroom. The space can easily handle multiple textures and materials and support the need for practicality whilst being effortlessly stylish.

Typically, bathrooms can appear stark and cold. Adding natural elements can add a touch of warmth to the space.

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How To Use LED Strip Lighting For Parties

A description of how LED lighting is the safe and green way to provide instant lighting for parties and Christmas. Includes information about how LED lights can be installed Let There Be Light Want to make a splash at your party? Feel like lightening the atmosphere at Christmas? There is a simple way to achieve an impact that is economical, green and easy to install. Sound too good to be true? Read on to discover how you can transform your living room for parties, without breaking the budget.LED Lighting Comes Of Age Christmas tree lights look lovely in windows and draped around a tree, but for a party, you need something a little more up to date. With tangled tree lights already an annoyance, you don't want more wires to add to your problems. A quick and easy way to liven up a party space is to use LED lighting. Today you can buy strips of LEDs for very little, and they will last you for years. They don't tangle, you can put them anywhere and they use very little electricity. How Do They Work? LED strip lighting consists of a tape containing tiny LED lights, which run on either a battery or mains power source. The beauty of this system is that the energy consumption of this lighting source is extremely low, meaning a battery powered light solution will last far longer. Although the lights are powerful, they use very little energy, which means you don't have to worry about your energy bills. UK LED strips are particularly energy efficient, and you really will not have to be concerned about changing batteries for many months. LED Drivers You need an LED Driver to use this lighting system, but don't be alarmed, they come as part of a strip lighting package. Most people are familiar with the use of transformers, and this essentially is what an LED Driver is. It is simply a means of regulating the current powering the lights, but all easy-install systems have a Driver supplied, so there is nothing technical to worry about.Funk It Up If you are having a party, why not use your LED lighting to match the mood. With the addition of a Colour Changing LED Strip Light Controller, you can make a visual light display, with strobing, flashing and fading options. The colour mixing LED light controllers are prized amongst those who have caught the LED bug. Known as RGB Light Controllers, they have the capacity to mix colours other than the standard red, green and blue. A wide range of colour combinations becomes possible with an RGB lightingcontroller. It is a good extra to consider for parties. Where Do I Position LED Lights If you are a party animal, install your lighting strips wherever you wish, and simply leave them in place. Favourite places to install extra lights include window surrounds, along coving and shelving units, under cupboards and plinths in kitchen and surrounding mirrors or pictures. Your whole house can be illuminated quickly and easily for a modern party atmosphere. Make sure you opt for UK LED strips for maximum energy efficiency and safety.Let Yourself Go! There is a tendency for people to become slightly addicted to LED strip lighting once they have seen how easy it is to install, and how pleasing the effects can be. It really is worth looking online for inspiration from others, and ideas about how you can adapt your own LED display for maximum impact.

Author Bio : James Holden is the digital content manager of Visible Lighting and has many years’ experience in the LED Lighting industry. To find out more information on James Holden, you can follow him on Google Plus.

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Lighting: The Essential Interior Design Element

Desktop lamps, free standing light sources, ceiling lights, small spotlights, there are so many different forms of lighting that can be perfectly incorporated into the home to create just the right mood. Whether it is a functional room or a place for relaxation, there are sources of light that fit every possible scenario and lighting makes up one of the most important areas of interior design that is often neglected leaving a space feeling bare and cold, eliminating the intended theme.

The Neglected Element

When designing a room or even an entire home, the biggest priority is usually the end result, the items and colours that will be combined to create a particular look that will hopefully reflect a specific mood. All too often, lighting choices are not taken into consideration and the result ends up looking very different to the original idea. Lighting is not a straightforward element that either brightens a room or doesn’t, it completely transforms the use, the feeling and the style of a space and it all begins with the type of lighting that is not only wanted but needed.

The Three Types of Lighting

Lighting falls into three categories that can fit any room with an intended theme and a specific purpose, whether it is a highly functional area that needs strong lighting or a space that requires relaxation and therefore requires softer light sources. When the theme of a space is decided, the format of the lighting needs to be considered…

General Lighting - A space is illuminated for visibility and safety and does not affect style considerations within a room. The use of up lights and down lights allow for a room to be flooded with illumination for no specific purpose or reason.Task Lighting- The intensity of the light is appropriate within this form, practicality is the overall purpose and a room that needs to be used for specific tasks such as a kitchen or study needs well positioned and brighter light sources to allow different functions to be carried out.Accent Lighting-Features within a room become prominent through the use of well-positioned lighting. Accent lighting needs to be significantly brighter than any other form and the need to reduce shadows and reflections is key to allow focus on certain areas.

The Achievable

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Transform your bedroom into a summer oasis

Why not celebrate everything the summer has to offer with redecorating your bedroom to give you the same feel you would get on a tropical holiday abroad? Even a few little pieces can transform the feel of your bedroom. Follow these easy steps for a bright summer change.

 

Little and simple accessories such as freshly cut flowers in a plain white or glass vase can add just the summer feel you are looking for, and with the fresh smell it gives off it will be a pleasure to wake up to on a sunny morning. A fringes throw in a soft pastel colour is a great accessory to make your bed give off a summer feel, and paired with oversized euro-pillows it will make your bed look more finished and comfortable. These pillows are great to prop you up whilst reading you favourite summer book too!

2. If you are thinking about adding new furniture to your bedroom, or even a lick of paint make sure you go for light materials in natural colours. These will look the best for the summer. Lightweight textured materials, like rattan, wicker and bamboo, work great for summer furniture.

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