Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack)

free range slacks sew-along!

Update – our videos are uploaded, and you can watch them here:


Last month we led you through a button-up shirt – this month, we’re picking up the slack! Specifically, Sew House Seven’s Free Range Slacks, recently upgraded for a more inclusive size range!

Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack)

This is a very exciting project – hosted by myself with a little help from Traci of Pryde Hantverk (@prydehantverk), a friend of mine I’ve known for over 25 years! I will also run an IG Live with Peggy Mead, the owner and operator of Sew House Seven (@sewhouse7)! As for the sewing sessions, these will be broadcasting on Facebook and Twitch, with a couple IG Live session recaps thrown in!

If you join us – make sure to tag your project with #gimmiesomeslack!

And we will walk you – step by step – in making these fabulous pants!

Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack)

The Free Range Slacks feature a comfortable high waist with wide elastic, large pockets, either a wide or tapered leg, and the kind of exacting details I’ve come to adore from this pattern company. Sew House Seven’s patterns are like a mini-tailoring tutorial in and of themselves and they are a pattern line I recommend to committed beginners who want to learn some lovely seam finishes.

Size range as follows:

Regular Fit
Waist: 23 1/2″ – 39 1/2″

Hip: 34″ – 50″

Curvy Fit
Waist: 39 1/4″ – 57 1/4″
Hip: 49″ – 65″

For this sew-along you will need:

1. A tuned up machine that can sew a balanced zig zag, and your machine manual

2. Your pattern, notions, and materials (see below)

3. All thread, cutting and marking implements, et cetera

We start the project the 11th of August, but on the 1st I’ll host an IG Live to answer any questions (and you can post them here, too). All my livestreams are at 5 PM Pacific; all my sewing sessions will be broadcast on my Facebook page and my twitch (subscribe!).

Here is our schedule:

SAT 1: IG LIVE project introduction
MON 3: IG LIVE with Peggy of Sew House 7
TUE 11: cutting & marking
WED 12: front & back pockets

THU 13: side seams & inseam
FRI 14: rise, waistband, & hem
SUN 16: IG LIVE recap!

That’s a lot to remember; so please subscribe to my live calendar link if you want to get hooked in!

See you for #gimmiesomeslack!

curvy fit, tapered leg

Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack), Curvy Fit

straight fit, wide leg

Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack), Straight Fit
Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack), Line Drawing

Materials Needed:
Pattern (I print mine at pdfplotting.com)
Bottomweight fabric as per pattern recommendations *
1 1/2″ elastic (your waist measurement + 1/2″) *
Thread: construction/all-purpose, and topstitching (optional)

Remember – your sewing machine needs its manual, you need to be able to sew a balanced zig zag, and you will need cutting and marking tools! In addition, you may find the following helpful:

Wax paper and wheel/tools for tracing and marking
A clapper (for flattening seams)
Bone folder (a vegan version, of course!)
Your super cool label – and yes, homemade is awesome!

Print, tape, and cut out your paper pattern. Pretreat your fabrics. Thread your machine.

And then we’ll see you on IG Live on the 1st – and on Bespoke Hogaboom (Facebook/Twitch) on the 11th! 

We’re looking forward to #gimmiesomeslack!

Finally, if you are serious about sewing – and you like my instruction – you might consider joining my lovely Discord community, and inclusive and body liberationist sewing group! (Incidentally, this is the best place to get FREE GRATIS sewing business advice, if that’s something you’re interested… or you think you might be).

* here is a great list of shops owned and operated by BIPOC and Allies!, as created by Jacinta Green of @blkmakersmatter!

OK! See on on the 1st!

Free Range Slacks with Kelly Hogaboom & Bespoke Hogaboom (#gimmiesomeslack)
For March: Bralette Sewing (Livestream)

“seams legit” sewing lesson: a bralette!

It’s March – already! We had a lovely time sewing briefs last month; this month we continue our lingerie efforts by making a bralette.

A reminder that for all sew-alongs you need:

1. a machine with it’s manual, tuned-up, that can sew a balanced zig-zag
2. the supplies listed in the pattern, as well as a thorough read-through of the pattern you use

From here on out we will be cutting with a rotary cutter and mat. March 15th I will also list some preparation work we can do for the bralette sew-along, to make sure our livestream class goes smoothly!

So! Let’s talk about this month’s project!

Kelly Hogaboom, Thermal Socks Livestream

“seams legit” sewing lesson: thermal socks!

Update: the streaming class is available here on Facebook. A little of the audio is muted but only here and there; you should be able to follow along just fine.

Happy New Year!

Dear readers, I have been working very hard on developing my streaming sewing channel – with loads of help from you all! I am still working on some of the tech assembly – lights, and additional cameras and furnishings – and to that end your donations help me a great deal. If you have the funds, any amount helps. Thank you for your support!

Dance Party!

bootstrap dress form tutorial: inner support, stuffing, & mounting

Today – we finish our Bootstrap Dress form! Yes, you heard right!

Dance Party!

The four parts of this tutorial:
Post 1: Preparing your pattern
Post 2: Cutting and marking your fabrics
Post 3: Constructing the shell
Post 4: Inner support, stuffing, and mounting

First, I want to thank all of you who’ve commented and followed – and texted me through Instagram and Facebook. After I hit “publish” on this post, I will make sure I have responded to all comments thus far posted. But remember, if you don’t hear from me – email me! The squeaky wheel, and all that!

A recap: Bootstrap’s dress forms are custom-drafted patterns that you generate, sew, and pack, then mount on a stand. They come with an inner sleeve and support structure, and include cardboard and foam to bolster the base, arm, and neck. Bootstrap offers two versions: a misses size, and a plus size. They are both sewn by an identical process. Both forms correct for posture, shoulder shape, belly protuberance, and buttocks shape. There are also additional measurements you can take to customize the form: neck circumference, shoulder width, bust height, front length, back length, and back width.

As for this tutorial series, there are four posts. In my first post, I covered how to take your measurements and record your body build, generate your pattern, and gather your supplies. In the second post, we prepared our fabrics, cut, and marked out pieces. In my last post, we constructed our shell.

Today, we construct the inner support, stuff the form, and mount it!

If you are just now finding this series, you can find out how to generate the pattern and collect supplies in my first post.

boostrap dress form (misses size)

boostrap dress form (plus size)

So let’s get started! 

 

We are beginning on the page that is headed with:

Pin the Neck Top to the Neck, matching notches and stitch

Sewing the neck top, to the neckline is a pretty easy stitch. You want to make sure there are no bumps or ripples, then trim and grade well. This seam is highly visible on the form.


Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

 

Now it’s time to sew the armhole covers to the armhole! We’ll be sewing the outer armhole closed first, and then adding the inner armhole piece and inserting our cardboard support. The armhole covers are such that I find the markings designating “front” and “back” to be very helpful here:

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting


Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Pinned, checked, and ready for sewing:

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

After sewing the armhole closed, I like to trim and grade well here. Again, this is a highly visible seam on the finished product:

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Now, we get to baste the stabilizer armhole covers to the inside of the form, and slip in the cardboard as we go! I found I could easily shift the cardboard and finish up the stitch by machine.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & MountingBootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

We are now on the page headed by:

INNER SUPPORT


Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Above, you can see I made sure to secure and trim the top edge of the sleeve. Your piece may have been cut on the fold as per instructions, but mine was not (to conserve yardage). Either way is fine.

At this point, I like to insert the sleeve and make sure it slides in smoothly and easily, but without a lot of slack:

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

It’s time to carefully cut the lower, unsewn edge of the pipe sleeve into fringe, 1″ to 3/4″. This fringe will be used to secure to the bottom cardboard structure and help stabilize the form when it’s mounted.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Now it’s time for our inner support pieces! These pieces confused me at first, but they are simply a stabilizing structure to keep the form from twisting and sagging. We’re affixing the straight parts of these support pieces, to the pipe sleeve seam allowances; and affixing the curved edges of these pieces, the seam allowances at front and center back.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Sandwiching the pipe sleeve seam allowance in between the two support pieces for the back pieces, we stitch together right on the seamline.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

We then flip those front pieces out away from the sleeve, and repeat the above process for the back support pieces.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Looking good! You can give the assembly a light press, if you like.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Now it’s time to stitch vertical lines through these curved stabilizing pieces – not the sleeve! – to add more structure. Shown below, in a chartreuse thread:

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Now as shown in instructions, lay the pattern pieces on the inner structure and make sure your notches correspond (top photo on the page that’s first text reads: “Place the pattern pieces on top of the correlate details…” and yes, that’s a typo on that page).

Now here’s a bit of a tricky part – but only if you’ve topstitched those center front and back seams. We are going to pin those curved front and back raw edges of the inner support, to the corresponding center front, and center back seams. This means I open up those center seams, and means I’ll be sewing four seams in total.

Pin and sew slowly!

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Once you’ve determined your support is installed firmly and with all notches met, it’s time to set the shell aside and work on the neck. The neck piece is cut from your 3″ sponge (or stacked sponges secured with a light adhesive). I use an electric carving knife to cut my foam. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

It is oddly satisfying to install the neck here! Push it right up into the finished neck top.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

After inspecting your neck top to make sure everything looks good, set aside the assembly and pick up the four base pieces. Pin front base pieces together, and back base pieces together, right-sides together. Stitch along the straight edge and around the pipe opening.Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Clip and grade:

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & MountingTurn and press:
Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Now, install your zipper. Hand-basting is always a good idea for a zipper installation. This zipper won’t show to the public much, but you do want an accurate install as the base size should match the dress form’s raw edge circumference.

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting
Before installing the zipper, I switched to a zipper foot:Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting
Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & MountingNow, we are in our last bit of stitching!

We are installing the dress form to the base, making sure we do not stitch in any puckers or pulling. I sewed with the base against the feed dogs, but you might find it easier to flip the assembly with the body of the form against the machine. Again – stitch slowly to make sure things go together smoothly.Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting
Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Can you believe it? We are all finished with our sewing!

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Now comes the fun part. “Fun”, she says – the stuffing! This takes a bit of time, but not as much as you might think. Stuff firmly, using small amounts to reduce lumpiness. Have your tape measure close by to make sure you stuff to the right Bust, Waist, and Hip measurements. Make sure to stuff the breasts firmly.Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Can you see above, that on the bust of the half-stuffed form, I have a few puckers? This is where I hadn’t fused enough when I interfaced. Fortunately, it is easy to re-fuse here. Have a friend insert their hand and push the stuffing up into the form. Use steam to re-fuse any ripples out, being careful not to steam-burn yourself or your friend!

After your form is stuffed, insert the cardboard base support (as per instructions), and haul out your fringe to glue or tape to the cardboard from. Then use the oval holes to continue to stuff until the form is firm.

Some people will not want to mount the form on a stand; for completeness’ sake, I went ahead and did so. We bought an inexpensive stand on Amazon and cut it to size (an adjustable stand would be ideal, as it’s rather difficult to make sure to get your height perfect, when doing this part!). You notice we cleverly used the PVC pipe flange end, to hold the PVC inner pipe, and we stabilized this flange piece with a few bolts. 

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

Here is my model, standing alongside their form!
Bootstrap Dress Form Tutorial: Inner Support, Stuffing, & Mounting

So there we have it! BOOM!

Style

I hope you’ve enjoyed putting together your dress form as much as I have!

Thank you for all your participation. And please leave any comments you have – or post links to your form! And enjoy your new studio’s tool!

Fashion!

Late getting started? Pick up your pattern here: MISSES or PLUS

boostrap dress form (misses size)

boostrap dress form (plus size)

The four parts of this tutorial:
Post 1: Preparing your pattern
Post 2: Cutting and marking your fabrics
Post 3: Constructing the shell
Post 4: Inner support, stuffing, and mounting

 

Let's roll!

bootstrap dress form tutorial: constructing the shell

Let's roll!The four parts of this tutorial:
Post 1: Preparing your pattern
Post 2: Cutting and marking your fabrics
Post 3: Constructing the shell
Post 4: Inner support, stuffing, and mounting

Can you believe it? After today we will be about halfway done with our dress form construction. For such a complex process, it goes rather quickly!

In my first post, I covered how to take your measurements and record your body build, generate your pattern, and gather your supplies. In the last post, we prepared our fabrics, cut, and marked out pieces.

Today, we get to constructing our shell! Please note: if you want to receive email updates for these tutorials, sign up at the bottom of this post!

A recap: Bootstrap’s dress forms are custom-drafted patterns that you generate, sew, and pack, then mount on a stand. They come with an inner sleeve and support structure, and include cardboard and foam to bolster the base, arm, and neck. Bootstrap offers two versions: a misses size, and a plus size. They are both sewn by an identical process. Both forms correct for posture, shoulder shape, belly protuberance, and buttocks shape. There are also additional measurements you can take to customize the form: neck circumference, shoulder width, bust height, front length, back length, and back width.

If you are just now finding this series, you can find out how to generate the pattern and collect supplies in my first post.

boostrap dress form (misses size)

boostrap dress form (plus size)

So let’s get started! 

Let's Get Rambling!

We are beginning on the page that is headed with:

SEWING INSTRUCTIONS
DRESS FORM COVER

Before we start, I need to divulge two things. I topstitch along every seam, in this dress form. This is different than the pattern instructions, that suggest only the horizontal seams of the bust, underbust, waist, and hip. I topstitch along all vertical seams as well as the shoulder line. This is for two reasons: I love how this looks, but also more practically: it will help me in garment construction. By being able to see the center back through my muslin fitting, or the shoulder line, I can better make fit adjustments.

If you aren’t absolutely positive you can form perfect seam allowances, or if you are a beginner or an intermediate stitcher, you may not want to topstitch the center front and center back, as those seam allowances are used later to affix to the inner support. Don’t worry too much though – if when you get to the inner support (my next post) you find your topstitching has hindered your ability to affix these supports to the inner seam allowances, you can pick out your topstitching.

Secondly: I go a little out of order on the directions, here, when it comes to staystitching the neck and armholes. Otherwise, as per the last entries, I follow the instructions in the order written.

I was so pleased to find that the notches on the pattern, always line up. Here, we are stitching center back pieces to side back, matching notches. Stitch exactly at the 3/8″ seam allowance (or whatever seam allowance you employed, if you did your own):

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

After you join these panels, you will find your traced lines line up perfectly, along the horizontal locations of bust, underbust, waist, and hip. Remember I made a faint line for mine:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Clip these allowances about 1 5/8″ apart:Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

And then press open. We will be pressing open every seam on this form’s shell. It is good advice to have some pressing tools with curves (like a tailors ham and roll), for many of the seams you’ll be pressing.

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell\Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now it is time to pin and stitch our cups, as well as our lower side and lower center fronts, and upper side and center fronts. We will be following the same procedure as the first two seams; stitching, clipping 1 5/8″ apart, and pressing open.

The cups are the pieces most easily confused with one another – this is one reason I suggested keeping the paper pieces with the pattern right up until we stitch:Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now after we join these six pieces in three sets, we have our upper and lower fronts, as well as our cup. Clip and press seam allowances:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now, we will sew the cup to the lower part of the form.

The cup seam is the trickiest in the entire dress form. I clipped the lower side-and-center assembly’s raw seams at 1/4″, before pinning and stitching with the cup side down. This helps the natural gathering motion of the feed dogs to ease this curved seam together.

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Shown below: a finished cup, before any pressing:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now before we press, we can look at this seam. You will see at right, my clipped seam allowance on the lower-side of the seam. At left, the cup’s seam allowance. Like most curved joins, we want to notch out the fullness in that cup seam allowance, and clip the curve in the concave (lower) seam allowance. Note I’d already clipped the lower side before stitching.

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Shown below, after careful pressing:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now this is a fun part – we get to topstitch the cup here! As I’ve mentioned, I topstitched all my seams – horizontal seams first, then vertical seams. I used a golden heavy thread for the horizontal and cup seams, and a scarlet heavy thread for the vertical seams. Stitch slowly, making sure the seam is pressed flat as you travel over it:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now, we stitch our upper front assembly to the lower assembly, carefully matching the princess seams:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

The directions now call for you to hand-sew along the horizontal lines of underbust, waist, and hip. I simply made sure my chalk lines were heavy enough.


Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Next – missing from the instructions – we need to stitch our side seams. I also notched here at the more severe curve at hip:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

I then carefully pressed this seam open on my tailor’s ham:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Then, I stitched the center front seam, clipped, and pressed. This is really coming together!

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell
Time to start stitching those horizontal lines – bust, underbust, waist, and hip. At the underbust join to the cup, I carefully pulled my threads to the backside and knotted them.

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

 

Looking good!

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now time for all the horizontal lines (except the center back), seven in all. I used a red thread for these:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Now this is the point where I stay-stitched the armscye. It doesn’t matter when you do it, though, really.

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

I stitched the shoulder seams and topstitched them, in preparation for installing the neck.

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell
After stay-stitching the neckline on the body (bottom of step 9 on the directions) and the top edge of the neck piece (step 10), I installed the neck. The neck is notched and you will find, an easy fit:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell
I went ahead and topstitched this seam, after clipping and pressing open:

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Stitch the center back seam, clip, and press open.

And now, for the most annoying topstitching seam in the whole experience – the center back seam! You will be stitching from the top side, up from the bottom of the now-closed form assembly. Sew slowly, always adjusting the work to make sure you are not catching the wrong layers. The larger the dress form you are making, the easier this seam is. By the end of this seam you are kind of stitching in a tunnel. But it is not the hardest closed topstitching seam I’ve constructed!

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Here is my last bit – finishing up to that neckline!Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

Voila! We are ready for our next steps – installing the neck top and armholes, and putting together the inner structure!

Bootstrap Dress Form: Constructing The Shell

So there we have it! Great job today!

Agent Cooper approves

Next up, we put together our inner structure! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here!

Late getting started? Pick up your pattern here: MISSES or PLUS

boostrap dress form (misses size)

boostrap dress form (plus size)