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How to Use a Dress Form to Design Garments

Photo: Julien Cristofoli

The dress form is more than a tool to check the fit of a garment. It's also used as a design tool. Dress forms play a major role in a patternmaking technique the French call "le moulage". Fabric is draped directly on the form and molded into a silhouette. Even though the moulage is used to create any kind of pattern-tailored or unstructured, it is absolutely indispensable when developing patterns for garments that feature draped details.

Julien Cristofoli demonstrates how to drape a bodice, and also expands the technique to include a draped skirt front. These two pattern pieces can be used individually in combination with other patterns, or joined to form a dress front.

From Threads #141

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