I recently attended the SEWEXPO in Puyallup, Washington……my annual excursion where I take a close look at what’s new, what’s hot, what’s not hot anymore, etc at the largest consumer Sewing Show in North America. I attend this show as a consumer but I am actually watching very carefully and “taking mental notes” for you – we are all part of the sewing world ……….. Here’s some of what I discovered this year:
- Quite a few vendors from previous years were not there this year…..not sure why but I missed them. Hoping some of them will be back next year.
- One new vendor I noticed was FASHION SUPPLIES INC from LA with probably their main item being top quality French European dress forms. They also were selling a range of sewing notions & supplies. Joe Vecchiarelli taught a quick class on fitting a dress form where I gained valuable information about how to make a purchased dress form be a really good fit with the body.
- A friend and I made dress forms together last year – where you strip down to bra & panties , wrap yourself in a black garbage bag, tape that super tight around you & then your friend wraps strips of gummed paper tape around you. (So it pretty much needs to be a very good friend!) The paper dries hard and then you get cut out of your body “cast” which gets taped together to fit your body measurements as close as possible.
- Jan Bones of Winnipeg has offered this as a class some years at the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference. She also tells me that she offered this class at SEWEXPO this year. Jan usually has a booth at Sew Expo so I popped in there & had a brief chat with her. I told her my friend & I had made dress forms but that I was somewhat horrified at what my shape looked like! I felt it was a fat version of me which was a teeny bit upsetting: My dress form has pretty much stood in the corner of my sewing room for months where I glare at it periodically and remind myself that I really should not eat so much chocolate! I am sure you can imagine how relieved I was when Jan explained that Yes, the dress forms my friend & I made would always be larger than what we really are – it has to be as the paper strips were wrapped on top of my body. Why didn’t I think of that? Anyway, Jan explained that that larger size is the EASE for fitting when you make a garment. She says you make the garment to fit the form and that becomes the garment or pattern ease. Made a lot of sense so I think I am persuaded to now use my dress form without glaring guiltily at it! Thank you, Jan.