So here’s the sitch: right now, this isn’t really useful. We have to get it off the body and disassemble it before we can work with it. That’s going to happen in a very specific way. DO NOT attempt to just take it off in one large piece. It’s made of double sided velcro. It’s really good at sticking to itself anywhere it touches. I have made this mistake so that you don’t have to.
Here’s a less dicey method.
Before we go any further, prep a large, flat surface with a clean bit of muslin. You’re going to be transferring the information from your draft to this muslin.
Cut the horizontal back velcros, towards the side of the body you were not working on.
If you’re doing both sides, you’ll have double velcros. Cut between them.
Just to be clear: you want the center back velcro to stay with the side with all the work.
At the side of the body, cut between the two velcros.
Front and back are now separate at the side. I’m guessing you already figured that out, but I find this picture really cool. ;)
Cut the shoulder apart between the two velcros. It would be a very good idea to have your collaborator hold the front half on her body. It would also be a good idea to make sure you don’t drop the back half.
Here’s the back half of the draft, laid out on the table. It’s kept the body information so accurately that it won’t lie flat yet.
Cut all of the horizontal velcros between the two princess line velcros.
You should have something like this. I know, it still doesn’t look flat.
But you should be able to squash it flat with your hand.
I’m working on a pinable table top, so I’ve pinned everything in place flat. You could also use weights, or tape (ick!) or whatever it takes to keep things flat.
On the front of the body, cut up center front on the side you were not working on. Again, don’t drop anything.
Center front, on the table. Again, it’s kept enough information to refuse to be flat.
Once again, cut up between the princess line velcros to separate the pieces. Center front is good to go.
next: dealing with a wide bust, and fitting