If you read my previous post, you’ll remember I’ve been designing a digital mannequin with my CAD professional Simon with the purpose of designing corset patterns to then print out and use. We’ve initially made the mannequin to my proportions and Simon drafted a pattern I had sketched so we could check the fit. You can read it here.
Printing The CAD Corset Pattern
The first test was to have the pattern print correctly, we had some trouble converting it to illustrator so I could open it but after working that out it printed perfectly! Here it is all printed out on A4 paper with some bits made of two pages stuck together. I used the length of the back piece to determine it had printed correctly.
Here’s a closeup of the pieces cut out –
I then cut the muslin, stitched it and boned one side to assess fit –
So without further ado here are quite a few images from various angles to give you a good idea of how well it fits. Excuse the messy background and my less than perfectly clean mirror, I was too excited to notice! I’ll give you my verdict on the fit below –
My Verdict On The CAD Corset Pattern
So now I have visual references to assess in comparison to the corseted mannequin. I’ve not quite got the waist as small as I would like it, I think we can bring that in a fair bit on the mannequin as we also weren’t sure how much the ribs could be squished comfortably – digital mannequins of course don’t have ribs and so that area doesn’t respond like it has ribs behind it when you edit it 😀 Also the mockup fabric is a lot more stretchy than a finished corset would be but I want to get the waist closer to how I want it before making up a lined corset.
What I wasn’t expecting was how well it hugged my body, the fit is perfect and besides bringing in the waist, there is no need to alter the hips or width/shape anywhere else. For a first mockup of a pattern I’ve never had such a good fit, the curves are precisely shaped and so comfortable – it’s going to make drafting patterns so much easier! Much praise again to Simon for creating this amazing mannequin. I can’t wait to get started bringing in the waist further and perfecting the silhouette. Hopefully we’ll be able to work out the bust area too for the next mockup!