Atacac love bodies. Whenever it is possible we drape our garments on living bodies, be it ourselves or whoever comes by. Still, sometimes we need to turn to the rigid dress-stands as a body substitute. We have some thoughts regarding draping on dress-stands that we share in Chapter 2.4 and Chapter 2.6 of Kinetic Garment Construction.
In order to make dress-stands slightly more like human bodies we developed a new detachable arm for draping on the dress-stand. Unlike traditional dress-stand arms it has a hand and a thumb.
It even has an elbow!
And a gusset construction in armpit makes it possible to lift it upwards like a real arm. When we need the arm to be straight we simply pin the elbow together.
The arm measures 20 cm around the wrist, 32 cm around the biceps and 77 cm from armhead to fingertip.
You can buy an arm proudly made in the Atacac micro factor for €60 and start draping right away. When you buy it the pattern is also included if you are curious on how it comes together. If you are a student or on a tight budget you can instead download the pattern and try to make an arm yourself. Then there are two options, either you download the pattern for free or you download it and donate €10 to support us with our sharewear work.
When downloading you will get 4 different files. A png illustrating the arm, a pdf ready for print, a dfx that can be imported into any CAD/CAM software and a ZPrj with the pattern assembled in 3D. The ZPrj file can be viewed and altered in CLO.
The Atacac sharewear patterns are licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA Creative Commons licences. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit Atacac and license their new creations under the identical terms. I.e. you are allowed to make changes and sell garments based on these pattern with the condition that you also share your developed pattern further for free.
This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.