Monday, May 9, 2011

My New Favorite Pressing Tool

I love my new sleeve board.  It's the best $4 swapmeet purchase ever!

Perfect timing that I bought it on Saturday right before I worked on my bodice and sleeve sloper for school.  In class we drafted a bodice front and back using the dressform measurements and then after class I drafted the sleeve.  Our assignment was to complete the drafts and sew up muslins of our sloper (or block).  I used the sleeve board to iron those narrow sloper sleeves and to press and shape the armsyce seam.  It was wonderful!
Slip the sleeve on the board.
Position armsyce seam around curved edge and press.

Great for pressing seams open!
I don't know how I ever lived without one.

You can buy one here:

Heavy-duty Ironing Board

By the way, here is the sloper on my mom's dressform.  It was not made for this form so the fit isn't perfect, but I know it will be perfect on the FIDM forms.


  1. I love my long sleeve board too. I bought a nice sturdy tabletop ironing board at a yard sale this weekend for 50 cents. Why in the world did I buy it as I have no where to put anything as it is now.

  2. I dont have one of those but I do love my collar turner/capper and sleeve hams.