Adding Style Lines to your Dress Form
After making your
form, it's time to add style
lines to it. These will be helpful when designing or
fitting clothes, or placing seams. I recommend using a
piece of string or ribbon to place these lines
appropriately on your mannequin, so you can get them
placed right, and either pin or tape them to your
mannequin. Then, if you've made a duct tape dress form you
can make these lines permanent by drawing them on with a
permanent marker, then remove your string.
This line is placed horizontally, all the way around the mannequin, at the waist.
Bust level line
This line is placed horizontally across the front of the mannequin, at the fullest point of the bust.
Princess Seam Line
This line is placed starting at the half-way point across the shoulder, down through the apex (bust point/ center of bust), straight down the rest of the mannequin. (Place this line on both the left and right side, on the front and the back.)
Shoulder Blade Level Line
Instead of continuing the Bust Level Line around the back, place this line horizontally across the back, placing it about 4.25 inches lower than the base of the neck.
Center Back Line
This is a vertical line, marking the center of the back.
Center Front Line
This is a vertical line, marking the center of the front.