Here are some draping photos of my Maleficent christening gown as my site has gone down, when I update it’s a load on the server so it times out sigh.
First three photos are where it is now, the rest show the process. Started with a width of fabric pinned in to a tube (selvages CF and the CB ripped vertically.) And pin and smooth.
Any idea how hard it was to rotate out those under bust darts? So pain. Much headache.
I have put extra padding on the shoulders, bust and hips to help me get a better idea of how it will sit. The big problem with dressforms is the rigid shell makes fitting for real bodies difficult. Really difficult.
Next I need to match the other side and then make a collar and the train. Then I can try it on. And then I can get the hem sorted and the fastening decided. And also figure out where I can add some extra flare (probably front panels, there is an S curve both CF and CB.) The dart at the bust will be in the lining but the shell will be bias cut so that can be eased out.
I love seeing in progress pictures - the process is so interesting!