Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes (yes it was the big 50..ick). And for all the lovely comments on my dress. You guys really appreciate the effort that has been put into fit and then the extra details. No one at the party seemed to "get" how excited I was about the dress, except perhaps my two gorgeous daughters.
With the success of the dress I feel now that I can blog about the saran wrap process, my sloper comparison to pattern et al! I have also received the fitting DVDs from Mary Beth and have watched them so will do a review later this week on those too. I have to say I really enjoyed watching them and learnt a trick or two.
So now to the saran wrap. I learnt about this from Liana and Kathleen Fasanella. Liana recently did a post on her experience with the process and also has links to Kathleen's tutorial. Here is also a link to the tutorial.
This was a very easy thing to do and I only needed the help of two teenage daughters. Really one would have done but the more the merrier! So some photos:
We used small pieces of saran/glad/cling/sandwich wrap. At first it did not seem to want to stick to my body but as we put more and more layers on it stuck together quite well. We marked main body points - apex of bust, apex of shoulder blades, armscyes, neckline, waist. We used sticky tape to tape the lines on the side, back and front before cutting those lines so that they would not distort.
After cutting the wrap off it still has the shape of my body. We need to turn it into a flat pattern. I decided to just do the waist up. But have kept the hip area for later use. I may one day redo the exercise and have a complete sloper, I'll see how well this works first. But either way it is not a big exercise to do. Maybe half an hour?
From here I cut darts to flatten the wrap, copied it onto paper, rotated some darts and added some ease. Details on rotating darts can be found in Fit for Real People and also in many other books (and probably somewhere on the internet).
I have now copied the sloper onto plastic to make it see through. This will make pattern adjusting easier. I didn't have this when I adjusted the green party frock pattern but this will just make future pattern adjustments easier.
I have documented the process on my Flickr album here. Hopefully the process is clear enough.
Next post I will talk about the Linda Maynard CD book that I purchased that shows how to adjust patterns using your personal sloper.