Re: Help and Advice for new garment makers.
Joels (wetseal) methods were excellent. I was priviledged to have known wetseal personally and we discussed ways and means of latex assembly a fair amount. I have reached a conclusion which might put the method in perspective for you all.
If you can make the three dimensional item work and fit in PAPER then the latex will take care of the rest. Since paper is basicly TWO dimensional with no stretch, you should be able to configure it to give you the basic shape. Joints and critical dimentions just need to be observed. I tend to think the way a panel beater does and make the parts so that they can be stretched into three dimentions after the flat pieces fit at the joints. Paper is cheap so you can try many different configurations of part until you are satisfied that it will work for you.
Another method you might want to consider is to buy some cheap fabric and sew up a "dummy" garment to use for pattern development. You can put this on and alter things until you are happy with the look and fit, then take it appart to give you the patterns for the latex parts. Once you know that the patterns are "right", the rest is just wrestling with the latex to get your seams joined nicely.
STEFFY :ca: Rubber Doll and latex fashion lover