A guide to choosing the right dressmakers dummy

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. Having a good tailors dummy is just part of the equipment to make your designs a sucess, get the best portable sewing machine for your studio.Main Image : Credit the Tailors Dummy.

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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!

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Image Selection

The first step obviously is the selection of image that you would like to see on the print. First step is always crucial so do it carefully, once you have started work on an image, you won’t be able to revert it back. Before you finalize an image, be sure of a couple things. First, make sure that the picture you are considering delights you up whenever your eyes see it. Secondly, ensure that it will look good as a part of interior of a certain room. Next, judge the quality of the picture to ensure it is worth converting into a canvas print. Being sure of all of these things for your selected image, proceed to start working on it. Canvas prints are also used in office interior but as far you are looking for a picture for home interior, good choices are natural landscapes, flowers, family and kids photos. It is not a hard and fast rule to use the image as it is. If you are expert at using photoshop or paint, you can make improvements to a picture to give it the desired look.

Image Printing

After satisfactorily coming up with the image selection you would have to print it on canvas. It seems quite complex as you are not aware of printing a picture but don’t worry! You don’t have to do it yourself. Visit a printing service provider in your vicinity and get your image imprinted on a canvas. Choose the best quality canvas to achieve best results. Doing it by self at home requires too much stuff to have. So, leaving it on a photo printing shop is better.

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Tips and tricks for effective home improvement

Read on to find out 5 expert tips and tricks that you can use to give your home the much needed boost.

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Home Improvement 101 - Tips for Purchasing Furniture for a Home Office

There was a time when home-based businesses were not taken seriously. But now, running an office inside your home has emerged as a perfectly acceptable and profitable venture, perfectly suitable to fulfill your income and entrepreneurial needs. In this article, you will learn how to purchase the best office furniture for a home business.

Type of Business

This is the first thing that you need to consider when purchasing furniture for the home office. If you are purely dealing on the telephone and the internet, then you can easily pick out something that suits your taste and provides comfort.

However, if you will have clients coming in, you should remember that furniture is also part of the first impression. So not only will you need to bring in additional pieces, you will also have to ensure that they reflect the overall image of your business.Accounting is often the kind of business that is associated with a home style smartness for want of a better word. So if you are looking to furnish for an Accountants then the classic is large leather sofas , standing lights etc. Legal Offices in smaller towns also seem to use town houses for business. 

The Placement

You will also need to ensure that the furniture is placed where you can get adequate lighting either from bulbs or from the windows. The same goes for air conditioning and heating. So instead of purchasing furniture and then trying to squeeze it in your home office, make a detailed plan and then head out to the market.

Take Measurements

This follows from the previous point. Unless you are good at purchasing furniture, you should have the specifics of your room at hand. Otherwise, you will have a hard time explaining the details of your house and the kind of furniture you require. If you can accurately convey the details of your office, the seller will even recommend you the best type of furniture for your office.

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