I'm still fairly new to this wonderful world of cake decorating and would love some advice.
How do you cover cakes without getting the fondant to gather at the bottom, or stretch looking like elephant skin? I'm getting a little better, but still have a lot of room for improvement. Do you try to get your fondant as exact as possible with the required size you're going to need? I'm not sure what the secret is.
Its all about practise and seeing what works for you. I find that its a bit easier if i roll the fondant much more than i need for the job, Then take your time to unfold as you go along the sides. Bigger cakes are easier to cover in fondant than smaller ones like 6"!! so maybe start with a 10" or 12" dummy/cake for practise.
Some videos for you. Theres lots more on youtube on cake decorating, fondant work, etc.
This one is a preview of Sharon Zambito's Flawless Fondant DVD (very popular with decorators) but still has good tips for just being a preview.
If you decide one day you'd like to buy her fondant DVD, heres the link to her website.