Making Men’s Clothing on Dress Forms
Dress forms are an invaluable tool for sewing clothes. While they are most often associated with making women’s garments, they can also be used to make men’s clothing. Use the following tips to create the perfect men’s item on a dress form.
Select the Right Dress Form
The first step in making men’s clothing on a dress form is to select the correct size and shape. Make sure to look for one with a bulkier body shape, the right chest and waist measurements, and male-specific landmarks such as the male neck, shoulders, and armholes.
Patterns and Fabric
Next, you’ll need to pick the appropriate pattern for your project and fabric for your clothing. Men’s patterns and fabrics are available in a variety of styles and materials, so be sure to choose one that suits your needs.
Tools and Sewing Basics
You’ll also need to make sure you have the right tools and sewing basics to begin your project. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Fabric scissors to cut the fabric
- Pins to hold the fabric in place
- Chalk to mark sewing lines
- A sewing machine to sew the pieces together
Assembling the Garment
Once you have your dress form set up, gathered your tools and fabric, and cut out the pieces, the next step is to assemble the garment. Place and pin the pieces onto the dress form and test the fit. Make adjustments as necessary before sewing all pieces together.
Finishing and Cleaning
Finally, turn the garment right side out and press it. Launder or dry clean the finished garment according to the fabric directions.
Making men’s clothing on a dress form may feel intimidating, but with a few tips following you can confidently create the men’s clothing you need.