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This fully articulated mannequin will have telescoping limbs,
a couple of special features. Because of those features, we will
want the mannequin to have a kind of "skin" that can stretch. It
possible that the material used in making ordinary play-time
balloons will qualify as suitable
Imagine a section of arm constructed something like a classic
wooden barrel, out of parallel slats. These would be attached
hidden inner mechanism, not bound on the outside with iron
There will be a hole into which one can insert a crank-handle;
turning the crank will cause part of a turnbuckle inside the arm-
segment to rotate.
Now think about an automobile jack (linked) and note how part
it can get wider or narrower as its crank is turned. We don't
a lot of physical change here; fat or muscular arms are maybe 3
or 4 times as thick as normal arms. We could imagine two
inside the arm-segment that move away from each other as the
crank is turned. The space that the cones occupy gets smaller
toward the ends of the arm-segment, so when the cones move
that space, all the slats making up the arm have to expand away
from each other somewhat. The skin on the arm-segment
stretches so that the slats remain generally unnoticed (and this
should not be too-much stretching for that material to
Now imagine all the arm, leg, neck, chest and torso-segments
mannequin had this sort of individually-adjustable
You could go to a tailor that has this mannequin and get a
thorough set of measurements taken. The mannequin could
its shape adjusted to match those measurements. You can then
leave knowing the tailor can create perfect-fit clothing for you,
using that mannequin.
As mentioned in the main text. [Vernon, Sep 03 2015]
||Dressmaking dummies are usually adjustable in this
way, though perhaps not for arm and legth.
||[MB] Also, many dressmaking dummies don't even have
||//legth// def. Unit of measurement for leg lengths.
||One could do this on a computer. And if the clothing on the models also changed in proportion.
||Well you could see what that style looks like on yourself. Why buy something that makes you look bad ?
||Most models on the runway are freaks. Most clothing drapes and flows better on the awfully tall and thin, but... they ain't normal.
||This is more than a bit off topic, but... with all of the word changes lately doing away with male/female titles I'm surprised that the politically correct term for mannequins has not changed to personnaquins.
||As long as it has pictures.
||This would be the perfect model to demonstrate Marty's