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Book Giveaway: “Draping Basics” by Sally M. Di Marco

You could win this book just by leaving a comment.

Over 400 pages in Draping Basics by Sally M. Di Marco (FairchildBooks.com; $94.50) will carefully lead you through the draping process. The book’s detailed instructions are ideal for the novice and experienced sewer alike. It walks you through the creation of several different foundation slopers and then explains how to use the sloper to create patterns for garments with perfect fit. It also provides lots of style ideas to adapt your patterns so that you can create garments that reflect your personal style preferences. The clear, step-by-step photos and illustrations make the process easy to follow, even for someone who has never draped before. However, designers and teachers will find it equally valuable as the information will complement their existing knowlege and provide useful sources for fresh and innovative techniques used in the draping process. The book was featured in Threads issue #154 (April/May 2011) in the “Notions” department.

Tell us about your experience with draping. Simply leave a comment on this post before the deadline-11:59 pm, Wednesday, March 30-and you could win a copy of this fabulous book. The winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, March 31.

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  1. jennieMB | | #1

    i've only just started experimenting with things like this. so far i have mainly tried reconstructing vintage clothes into modern styles and i've tried draping techniques turning vintage silk scarves into dresses and summer tops... but i could use a lot more help.

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    bluewillow | | #2

    I am such a novice when it comes to draping. I want to do more with it, in skirts and dresses. Your book would be a terrific guide for me.

  3. SewinginTn | | #3

    This books looks really interesting! would love to learn how to drape. Seems like such a big mystery to me! :)

  4. waxpop | | #4

    I have never tried draping! I took a flat pattern design class, but this looks like a good starter for learning how to drape.

  5. mindartpower | | #5

    I'm an artist. I do a lot of experimenting with altering clothes and sewing without a pattern. It would be great to learn how to do things the right way and see where that takes my creativity.

  6. Bhow5747 | | #6

    I saw this book in a bookstore across from Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. An instructor has chosen this book as the required text.

  7. ShirleySS | | #7

    As a student at the Maryland Academy of Couture Arts, I have taken two draping classes with Sally Di Marco, author of Draping Basics.Her style is clear clear and understandable, even for a beginner like me.I can't wait for the next class and would LOVE to own this book.

  8. suelv | | #8

    I'd love a book on draping, I normally do flat pattern drafting.

  9. SheriReho | | #9

    For most of my life, I have only sewn from patterns, except for the Halloween costumes I have made freestyle. As a huge fan of Project Runway, draping is something I have become interested in learning.

  10. sabrinaclementine | | #10

    I haven't tried draping yet, but it's definitely on my "must-learn" list. For now I've been working on improving on my basics until I feel ready!

  11. Yuilletidings | | #11

    It has been my pleasure for the past six years to work closely with Mrs. DiMarco, both as a student and as the photographer of her "first" publication. She alone has turned my sewing world upside down for the better. Mrs. DiMarco's knowledge of the art of fashion design from both the couture and the industrial perspective is limitless. I have actually run out of questions to ask!

    New York, eat your heart out, Baltimore has Sally DiMarco!

    Sally, ready to do the next book...call me!

  12. SallyDiMarco | | #12


    Thank you so much for the positive feedback that each of you posted about the book,"Draping Basics." Draping is an art form that can be easily mastered by manipulating, molding, slashing, and pinning fabric on a dress form. The step-by-step directions outlined in the text coupled with the color photos will demystify the process.

    Yes, Erika (Yuilletidings), in time, a sequel (Draping Advanced), will follow. By the way, you are an awesome photographer.

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    Seemane | | #13

    Having just this week finished my beginners course in flat pattern making; to learn through an excellent book such as this the fundamentals of draping would be the next natural-step in my own sewing-skills development, just think of the world of pattern-making possibilities it could open up! :)

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    NHale | | #14

    I haven't tried draping yet--I've been too intimidated by it. But it would be lovely to be able to skip altering a pattern ...

  15. bekabug8 | | #15

    I just started design school and we haven't gotten a draping book yet. I would love a text to work from!

  16. EstherH | | #16

    i'd love to learn draping, this sounds like an excellent book

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    CarolW | | #17

    Have been doing some flat pattern drafting and like avoiding the hassle of altering patterns. I would definitely like to try draping, and this book sounds like it would be a great help.

  18. mothglove | | #18

    The book sounds great! I've been fascinated by the flow of fabric and how you can design around that.

  19. user-1123561241 | | #19

    I am just finishing reading Connie Crawford's Pattern Drafting book, and next I plan to learn more about draping. Would love to win this book! :)

  20. BlairRose | | #20

    I have done some very basic draping: skirts, shift dresses. I'd like to increase my skill set and get into more structured garments. This would be a great tool to have in my arsenal!

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #21

    Having only draped a robe, I could use a greater understanding of draping. Experienced drapers make it look like a spontaneous action, but it's clearly a practiced art having tried it. With miles to sew before I sleep...

  22. LoracC | | #22

    I've always had an interest in trying to make my own things from beginning to end. This book sounds like it would be a tremendous help in getting me going. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. LanternandShadows | | #23

    I would love to learn how to drape. Almost all my reference materials focus on flat pattern work.

  24. Titania1 | | #24

    That looks like a really interesting book. I have experimented with draping, but not had much luck yet.

  25. granpple | | #25

    I've never tried draping but would love to learn.

  26. minnieme | | #26

    I love to learn new things to add to my sewing basket. This book would give me a lot of new information to my current knowledge of sewing techniques.

  27. jessdr | | #27

    I started sewing when I was in highschool, and I was fearless. I'd hear about a technique, and I'd try it.

    There was a dressmaker's dummy in the dressing room of my highschool's theater department. One day I happened to have time to kill before rehearsal, and a skirt I had bought at a rummage sale (long a-line in turquoise jersey with silver threads). I draped a pretty good strapless sheath dress, and used the waistband to add a halter strap. The dummy wasn't the same size I was, so I never wore it myself, but I did include it in a fashion show I did for arts week at school

  28. ONEHAF | | #28

    Draping is totally new to me. I would love to quell my ignorance!

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    SansSouci572 | | #29

    I have always wanted to learn draping. The only draping I have ever done was a piece of newspaper on someone's head to figure out how to make a cone hat..so as you see, I could use some lessons ;)

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    Scrollwork | | #30

    The reason I am fascinated with creating wearable art is that manipulating fabric is like sculpting clay. Draping is definitely a technique that would enhance my work!

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    thesearethebesttimes | | #31

    I tried draping a dress on my friend once. The words unshapely potato sack sprang to mind on the finished product :)

  32. oldsewandsew | | #32

    Oh, I would sooo love to win this book - I am fascinated by draping, and would love to take some classes, but that is beyond my means. This book would fulfill a lot of my dreams!

  33. Elizam | | #33

    I have always liked to sew and over the years went from sewing clothing and then to quilting. Three years ago I joined a Sewing Guild. It has probably been the best thing that I have ever done for myself. These ladies emphasize clothing but like to see anything anyone makes. The first year I attended the whole season was based on proper fit of a pattern and general directions on how to adjust the pattern. The next two years have been further indepth workshops on fitting blouse, skirt, pants and tshirts. This helped my finished look tremendously. Just recently I made my own pants pattern with great success! After each success I am further encouraged to challenge myself further. One of our presentors encouraged us not to just buy resource books but to read them as well. It was suggested that sewing with a sloper would be a great help. I had no idea what they were talking about! I have been encouraged to take this next step, challenge myself and take my sewing to another level.

  34. katymontrose | | #34

    As several others posted, my success with draping has not been worth mentioning.....in fact, no one would wear anything I've tried draping. It would be wonderful to have instructions for the beautiful draped clothing I see and cannot duplicate. Thank you.

  35. bjclack | | #35

    It seems so simple when watching "Project Runway" so I need to try this part of designing that intrigues me so. I want to be more creative and I know this is something I CAN do.

  36. halifaxfaye | | #36

    I would love to learn how to do draping. I have lots of figure flaws such as dropped shoulder and hip with a sway back, flat butt and the menopause tummy that I would like to try to work around into a more attractive garment. I have a hard time making clothes for myself but have recently made my own "double".

  37. LilacsLavender | | #37

    Hi - OMG! It's been years since I've draped a garment. And the last time it did it- it was drastically horrible. I looked like a bunch of crumbled up newspaper. I've had some positive outcomes on more constructed garments. Bottom line - I really did enjoy it. I would like to get back into it. Refresh my skills. : ) Thank you.

  38. QuiltinBarb | | #38

    Well...with small shoulders & a large bust, I certainly need help with draping...I think I tried it will sewing maternity dresses back in the 70's & 80's...whew! I could definitely use more help!

  39. user-1123541434 | | #39

    My only experience with draping is draping onto my own body. This has worked pretty well for some things, but it is obviously limiting. I am working on getting well fitting slopers from which I am going to build a body double. Then I want to do lots of draping. Right now, I just draft patterns from measurements, but I really want to learn to do draping so I can go further with design.

  40. SuzanneLaurent | | #40

    Thank you for this latest giveaway offer of "Draping Basics" which will give one of us the opportunity to mature our craft. The last time I draped a dress was 1979 in design school. To win this book would be a prayer answered as my skills in draping need improving. This will give me greater confidence as I seek a career in garment design and construction. Warm regards, Suzanne

  41. tzipi | | #41

    I was first exposed to draping years ago when I was taking a sewing course given by. French designer. It was the most fascinating experience watching him take a piece of fabric, wrap it around the form and voila create a magnificent garment!
    This same teacher also showed me how to copy a ready to wear. His tailor shop was in a dry cleaners ( this was abroad). A stunning coat was brought into be cleaned. I had brought a coat I was sewing into him for help. He said: wait a minute. Had me try on the coat in the cleaners which fit me perfectly. We then laid the coat section by section on my project and changed the coat entirely into a beautiful fitted camels hair coat with princess seams with pockets in the seams. I wore that coat for years and was just thrilled that I had created it ( with a lot of help from my teacher)

  42. greenbp | | #42

    I do not know a thing about draping but would love to learn. I would love to have the book.

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    WillaMcNeill | | #43

    What a treat this would be. I have done some pattern alterations over the years. Would love to learn draping inside and out!

  44. NadineW | | #44

    I have virtually no draping experience. I did try to drape a dress on one of the new Barbie dolls at Christmas. I did have some success but draping is not something that comes easily to me. I think it would be much easier on a larger pinnable dress form.

  45. shaniqua | | #45

    My experience with draping can easily be summed up in one fine word: fail. Heh. It's way more difficult than it sounds.

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    ustabahippie | | #46

    I learned draping from a master draper, Sr. Lopez, at College of Alameda in California in the early 1990's. It was one of the best creative experiences I have ever had. Now I can look at almost any garment and figure out how to make it, just by draping muslin on my dress form! It is like sculpting in fabric and so meditative. When I'm finished with the muslin, I just true it up and use if for a pattern. What joy!

  47. KatrinaAriana | | #47

    I've done quite a bit of draping, but I never learned from a textbook, just a pattern designer and some intensive studying online. What a great book!

  48. MsWhimsey | | #48

    I draped my first formal when I was in high school. I wanted a Grecian-style gown for the prom. I figured out how to cut the neckline so it would drape under my neck but somehow didn't get the neck large-enough to go over my head. I made do with some tiny pearl buttons on one shoulder. The skirt was cut on the bias. My mother was both incredulous and astonished that I would break so many sewing rules. I was rightfully satisfied to appear just the way I wanted to.
    Since then, I have become shy about cutting fabric without a clear understanding of bias and draping. I would so love to have the confidence to do so. This book would be well-read and used often in my sewing room.

  49. KatrinaAriana | | #49

    It sounds like a great book! I have done quite a bit draping, though I learned it firsthand from a pattern designer and never studied a textbook on the subject. I've also studied tutorials online.

  50. bethanngil | | #50

    I have been too chicken to try draping yet, but I am just dying to! This is the kind of book I would love to have to get me started! Thanks!

  51. baglady | | #51

    This book sounds like a dream come true for me now that I finally have a dress form. I took a 2 day course last year & learned the basics of draping but the book would be wonderful to expand my knowledge & help me feel more confident with my creativity and the draping process.

  52. sosewnem | | #52

    Admittedly, I have not had the priviledge of learning to design a garment by using draping techniques; however, I would love to learn! In addtion, learning about slopers and how to use them to create patterns for garments that would fit one's body perfectly, would be delightful. I would love to win "Draping Basics" by Sally M. DiMarco. This would greatly enhance my sewing skills.

  53. Wilsonwilson | | #53

    Recently returned to sewing. When I was young all I needed was a flat pattern and a tape measure to make a garment that flattered my shape. After 25 years, this old body made some very disappointing shifts. I will have to knock-it-up a notch. Maybe "draping" is the answer for this old gals body.

  54. PatsyS | | #54

    I have the dress form. I have the fabrics. I have the sewing ability. I have the desire. I have NO DIRECTION!!! To have such a wonderful guide to help me understand and USE that skill would just make for a STELLAR day!!

  55. MillyAnntoOne | | #55

    A padded dress form
    waits at attention for me
    to learn how to drape.

    This book looks like a great reference.

  56. HomeQueen | | #56

    Wow! That sets my little heart a flutter! I've sewn for over 40 years and never dared go beyond someone else's design. Now that I've reached the "purple and red" stage in life, I'd love to own such a treasure. Who knows? Maybe there's a whole new direction my sewing could go with the guidance available in that book!

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    kvenkat | | #57

    Ah, well, the only "draping" I've done is to put on an Indian sari. As a sewer, I so much want to break out from the limits of paper patterns and gain confidence in more free-form creations. This book would take me there and would be a treasure well-used.

  58. momadd | | #58

    Draping and patternmaking are about the only things I haven't tried in the sewing world. Would love to try this and the book would be incentive for me.

  59. dianajanssen | | #59

    I have a custom dress form and I use it to play with fabrics to see how they fall, how they will look on my body, etc. The next step is to learn how to drape in a more structured way as that is one of my goals - to learn draping.

  60. kmessee | | #60

    I've been trying to drape for years. I like to make costumes there are no patterns for. It takes a lot of fabric to get it right. It would be great to know how to do it the correct way and save a lot of fabric.

  61. tissy | | #61

    Since I sew garments for me, both of my daughters and four granddaughters, this skill would be SOOOOO helpful! Womens bodies change enough, but kids???? Would love to have this book!

  62. tissy | | #62

    Since I sew for myself, two daughters and four granddaughters, this book would teach me some MUCH needed skills! Would love to have any help available.

  63. plunky | | #63

    I draped one item on my dress form....and loved it, but was too scared to cut the fabric and potentially mess it up! It sat there on the form for months before I took it off and put it in the half-finished bin. (Good thing I have a second for work I'm actually completing!) I need how-to information to help me get over my fear!

  64. SewFueled | | #64

    400 pages! Wow! This book must cover every imaginable aspect of draping. Who knew there was more to draping than just "wingin' it"?

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    kaitui_kiwi | | #65

    I only recently got my dressform so I haven't had much of a chance to try very much draping. I've done a little "playing" with out any instructions and I'd love to learn more since I've seen so many amazing creations online that were "draped" :)

  66. bawb1 | | #66

    Bawb: Draping is an skill that I have always wanted to learn. It would open up more possiblities in my sewing room. My sister and I work for about 2 months to redone a spare room into a wonderful sewing room. I would really like to drape new styles in this new room. I need help finding a very good dress form at a reasonable $. I have been sewing since 12 years of age, I have designed thing using the flat pattern. It time to learn draping. I am so looking forword to it,

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    fionak4 | | #67

    I only just made my first draped garment after 40 years of sewing. It was soooooo liberating! Normally I am very focussed on making a perfect pattern before cutting the fabric. This time I had no time and it was for my daughter who wore the dress to a wedding and loved it!

  68. Glitterati | | #68

    I would love to win this book! I am always amazed by how the designers on Project Runway work.

  69. rosegerstner | | #69

    I was lucky to study draping with Sally and she was an awesome teacher! Draping is a wonderful way to create clothing, faster than flat patternmaking or drafting so you can quickly see how your idea is working out in fabric. And if you're doing custom work, you can pad out the dress form and make the design "on figure."

  70. rosegerstner | | #70

    I was lucky to study draping with Sally and she was an awesome teacher! Draping is a wonderful way to create clothing, faster than flat patternmaking or drafting so you can quickly see how your idea is working out in fabric. And if you're doing custom work, you can pad out the dress form and make the design "on figure."

  71. rosegerstner | | #71

    I was lucky to study draping with Sally and she was an awesome teacher! Draping is a wonderful way to create clothing, faster than flat patternmaking or drafting so you can quickly see how your idea is working out in fabric. And if you're doing custom work, you can pad out the dress form and make the design "on figure."

  72. whoneedlesthis | | #72

    I have so far, only draped one garment and would dearly love to learn far more, so that the grads who come to me with their custom ideas for gowns would be easier to sew for, as well as my own clothing ideas. I live to learn, and this would be awesome!!

  73. BeachWolf | | #73

    I'd love to learn more about draping. I have done it in the past but kind of haphazardly, or to fine tune a flat pattern design. I'd love to own a resource like this book.

  74. sewmore4me | | #74

    After sewing for over 40 years (first starting at the feet of mom who was altering pants for one of the neighbors), I never heard of draping until I watched a Project Runway show. I wondered how they knew where to cut, what to sew, how to fit the facings?? So many questions. I've never had training other than high school Home Economics classes but at that time, we learned from patterns. Watching the participants lay fabric against the form, place it here and there and then to finally see the finished product -- I was hooked! This book looks like the perfect addition to my sewing library and for use with my daughter's ideas. My main opportunity has been taking vintage clothing apart and piecing them on my teen daughter who is looking for "something different". Maybe draping will allow us to create something new and teen-great! Can't wait to start draping!

  75. melanieb | | #75

    I've never tried draping, but would love to learn how.

  76. LenneyA | | #76

    I was a Textiles major in college but changed majors just before flat pattern design and draping. I have since taught myself to make patterns, but haven't tackled draping. With this book, I think I could!

  77. HowSewBlogger | | #77

    I am eager to learn and try my hand at draping. It seems to be a great way to create a pattern, because you can visualize, even during the process, what the end-result will look like.

  78. siddym5 | | #78

    I work for a large clothing retailer but can't buy any clothes to fit me and the alterations that would need to be done are too costly. I have to learn to make my own clothes and not look like I'm wearing homemade. It would be nice to have as much information as possible to be able to make some appropriate outfits.

  79. Dexez | | #79

    I wanted to read something on draping before experimenting with it. I find it hard to find the right tools where I live, but I love to improvise. Can wait to try it :)

  80. waltz2dream | | #80

    I'm fascinated by the opportunities which draping offers! Says somebody who does not even have a dress form. So thats the deal: If I get this book, I'll buy myself a dress form :)

  81. RainbowTiki | | #81

    The Japanese have a saying... Ganbatte Kudasai... tough it out, be strong. I would love to have this book to help keep me strong right now, to keep my dreams alive. I have loved and studied sewing my entire life. I am retired from the US military (23 years in the Air Force) but still working for them (for over 30 years now). I have taken my sewing studio all around the world with me. I tried to retire early last year to start a small sewing business, but almost ended up on the streets, times are so hard. I lost everything I had saved except my machines and supplies. So I took a job back with the military and just a month ago moved to Japan. If you're watching the news, you know what we're going through now and it's no where near over. It is absolutely heartbreaking and humbling to be experiencing this. I will not be leaving any time soon, even if there are evacuations, because of my job. But I would love to be able to keep my spirits up and to continue my sewing studies with this new book while I am helping the US Navy, their families to stay safe and Japan to rebuild. Please keep us in your prayers.

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    awami | | #82

    I've never tried draping but I love drapy outfits, like the DK Vogue patterns.

  83. Miss_Kitty | | #83

    I also learned to sew at my mother's feet. After sewing for many years she took a tailoring class so she could make my dad's suits.
    My first attempts at draping were done there on the floor with the leftover fabric she gave me and my dolls. I made some very pretty things although no fastenings. I sewed the clothes onto the doll, Barbie mostly.
    Fast forward about 30 years when I got interested in making medieval and 1860 style clothes when there were no patterns except the silly fantasy ones put out by the "Top 4" so I tried draping.
    After a lot of trial and error (getting my little ones to help me with final pinning etc) I made something I could actually wear out of the house! lol.
    Would love this book to refine and streamline the technique.

  84. fomama | | #84

    love taking a pattern and making it into something uniquely mine...knowledge of draping would just expand that! would love to own this book!!

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    mercystreet | | #85

    Draping. Making a muslin. The very thought provokes awe and wonder in this girl's mind. It all seems so mysterious. I imagine cartoon mice hard at work on Cinderella's dress. I've thought of attempting a sloper in the past because I want the foundation for a "go-to" pattern I've created. The thought quickly dissolves when I look at some of the instructions that are out there. It appears just too dang complicated. I could use a great book with detailed directions and tips. Hope you'll consider putting it in my hot little hands!

  86. degas | | #86

    There is no place available where I live to take a class on draping. Using flat pattens and making changes has been fun, but it would be a great exciting challenge to learn draping skills.

  87. Aspydelia | | #87

    My first experience with the true power of draping was making a "living history" dress to wear while demonstrating bobbin lacemaking. I had researched patterns and styles and techniques but never really found anything in the available patterns that was "just right." So, one day I decided to approach the dress as if I was actually a dressmaker from that period. Between my duct tape dress form and a bolt of muslin I created a dress (sans pattern) that was pinned, basted and cut right on the form in a design I completely dreamed up as I went. I cut and sewed it in a simple calico and it fit perfectly. It was incredibly flattering because I was able to make style decisions based on my own proportions and body landmarks, not some arbitrary industry standard. At the event many people came up to me to ask where I got my dress, and I was able to say proudly that I invented it myself and it was not from a pattern.

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    tutujanet | | #88

    Draping is sometimes the only solution to a fitting problem or a fabric puzzle. After purchasing a yard and a half remnant of exquisite silk I was faced with major design restrictions. With a design in just one area and not wanting the image centered front, back, upper or lower, I had to drape the fabric to get the proper placement. Side seams were not an option! Fortunately, my dress form is padded out to closely duplicate my figure so I used draping to create the pattern for a sundress. Almost complete, the dress has renewed my interest in fabric puzzles and just am waiting on warmer weather. Thanks for reading.

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    sewold | | #89

    I've never tried draping. My daughter is much more adventurous than I am. The book would benefit both of us!

  90. bchistorian | | #90

    My only experience of draping was bias draping in Sandy Ericson'slass on Vionnet. I'd love to learn standard methods--looks like this book would be just right.

  91. g_fox | | #91

    Having read numerous articles about draping, I would like to have a well written and illustrated book on the subject. My attempts to do this have NOT been all that successful. I enjoy sewing clothing for myself and my family as well as quilting and many other forms of needlework.

  92. sewontario | | #92

    My daughter is getting married and I was looking for a dress. The one I found was $1,800.00. So I took a picture of the inside and out of the dress, and designed a draped it from scratch.. It looks amazing. Would love to learn more about the craft.

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    MissLou | | #93

    I have been sewing for decades but have no training as a designer or in draping, but about a year ago I was asked to make a prom dress from a photograph. It was a one shoulder design with pleats that were placed diagonally across the bodice which was then attached to the skirt which had pleats also. I used yards of muslin before I finally had a reasonable facsimile to make the silk dress. At the time I wished I had more extensive training and I am sure this book would have been a great tool for that project.

  94. PABarnes | | #94

    I am still a beginner in sewing and would like to explore the wonder of draping.
    I would love to win a copy of this book.
    Will there be a DVD added soon?

  95. zybet | | #95

    For every designer draping technics are the very important tools to express herself. They are like paint brushes for painter.

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    MeshuggeKnits | | #96

    I've done draping only on a wig head, to reproduce a hat from a video game. I padded it to the size of my kid's head, pinned on cord to establish the seam lines, then traced those onto muslin as a pattern. It worked pretty well!

  97. Power22 | | #97

    I learned the technique for draping a basic bodice in a class I recently took and would love to learn more about this essential design technique.

  98. ebethkinsella | | #98

    After picking up sewing again after 20 yrs or so, I am finding it fun to adapt patterns to my actual body instead of just "winging it"! I could really use this book to help me customize patterns and learn why and how to drape!

  99. furballs | | #99

    A night school class I took some 30 years ago turned out to be a real prize, because we were taught to make slopers, using our own body measurements and math to translate those onto paper. Then we learned how to add basic design details and manipulate darts, to make usable patterns. Our class was unbelievably lucky, because the teacher that year knew how to teach these skills. Normally this class taught students how to alter a commercial basic bodice/skirt to fit and nothing else.

    But like many of us, I've got bigger since then, :-), and all the notes I made in class have been lost over several moves. I'd love to be able to learn to make a sloper again, and then the draping to make even better use of it.

    The night course didn't have time to teach draping. Our teacher said she'd do that the next year. But when next year's class came around, that wonderful teacher wasn't available. Sigh.. they were back to altering commercial patterns again.

  100. SharonLL | | #100

    I'd love to learn how! I've been to chicken to try it. Maybe with a good step-by-step book I'd be willing to give it a try.

  101. budgetb | | #101

    I have tried but not very successfully and this book would be a great help,I'm sure.

  102. SewingSinceSeven | | #102

    I have sewn alot but always seem to have problems with draping. I would love a good reference/guide book.

  103. Kellsy | | #103

    I am a new student of sewing and draping and tough times do not allow me to purchace this book on my own. I would LOVE to have this book to enhance my education!

  104. sewingfanforever | | #104

    I took a course in pattern draping at the Fashion Institute of Technology back in the early 80's, and although I really enjoyed the course, I could use a brush-up on the process. I also studied flat pattern drafting at FIT and felt more confident with working out a pattern on paper first because it felt more technical and concrete, which is my comfort zone. Draping fascinates me probably because it is outside my comfort zone and therefore more of a challenge.

  105. e2hinman | | #105

    I never had any draping instruction, can't wait to get the book. Ellen

  106. sewnurse1959 | | #106

    I would love to have this book because I sew for my daughter, and she is very hard to fit.

  107. undecided | | #107

    I've done some draping but just by the seat of my pants so to speak. Would love to learn the right way to do it. This book, while out of my budget to buy, would be great to win! Thanks for offering the chance.

  108. sewohio | | #108

    I've never done any draping. I'd like to try it.

  109. cerogersmom | | #109

    Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! I have recently begun sewing garments after only being brave enough to sew quilts for the last 10 years. No one cares if a quilt doesn't fit! But they do if clothes do not. Would luvvvvv to have this book.

  110. MarleceLee | | #110

    No, I haven't done any draping before, however; would love to do so. I have read quite a bit about draping and the important points in constructing a garment; this is the starting point of designing which will be a great advantage to me and my business "Fashion's By Lee & For The Home.


  111. SewLucky09 | | #111

    I've never tried draping but would like to learn to improve my skills and to create different looks.

  112. katy_lady | | #112

    I've tried some minimal draping, to varied results. I've been dying to get an in depth book where I could learn the proper way to do things! I made my wedding dress from draping on a dress form, and I had some fit issues. It'd be great to finally learn to make a flawless bodice with just draping.

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    kkegeland | | #113

    This book would be such an amazing reference!!
    I'm pretty much a self taught seamstress and tend to follow the trial and error process. I recently got a dress form this last year and have finally been able to really start playing with draping. I am still discovering the difference between the fall and movement of the fabric on the form v.s. a real living body.

  114. [email protected] | | #114

    I have been sewing for over 30 years and most of my skills have been self taught. I have always relied on books for my sewing education and would love to have this book for reference. I have mastered many sewing skills but I still want to get proficient at draping and flat pattern design. This book would be a must needed addition to my sewing library.

  115. Pennazus | | #115

    I seem to have been sewing most my life. First with my Mom who would sorta "Drape" the fabric over my much smaller then pear shape. She had the "Gift" soooo it must be in my gene pool but may need the help from your book! I love to help friends and family get a good fit and how grand it would be to know drape!!!!

  116. AmeliaBrazell | | #116

    While I love the 3-dimensional aspect of draping, my skills could certainly use a boost. So, win or not, I look forward to getting my hands on this book. It will be a great addition to my sewing library.

  117. ElaineElise | | #117

    I have always wanted to learn how to drap!and to expand my creativity!

  118. Glitter_Button | | #118

    I'm actually just a Sophomore in Highschool and on sundays I take a early college program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on Fashion Design. I'm not much of a newbie to sewing and creating my own inspirations but, I never really knew how to drape fabrics on a dress form and to stimutale them to look like a wearable design. Half way through this class I realized that making clothes doesn't mean following a pattern with precision. It means working with shapes that complement the body and the firgue. :)

  119. LollieP | | #119

    Based on the other comments it sounds like draping will set me free!

  120. ffinley10 | | #120

    I don't know anything about draping. I always use a pattern and go by the rules, but I would love to have better fitting clothes.

  121. just jane | | #121

    I've been sewing many years, taking classes, reading and learning from various sources. Working on my dress form and making muslins is a plus for better fit but draping leaves me bewildered.

  122. Joy1950 | | #122

    I've never tried draping and wouldn't know where to begin. This book sounds ideal and I would at least give me a starting point. I have always used commercial patterns adapted to suit my frame but have recently taken Pattern Drafting lessons. I now understand dart manipulation!

  123. Bother | | #123

    I've never tried draping although I'm constantly impressed by it on Project Runway. I've had this book on my wish list at amazon for ages but I don't know when I'd be able to afford it.

  124. Adventitiously | | #124

    Learning to drape will be my next challenge in sewing. Although I've been sewing since I was 8, the thought of not using a pattern sounds both scary and exciting. This resource looks wonderful!

  125. UnfinishedProjects | | #125

    Oh my goodness! I did not know this book existing. I am trying to learn the basics of patternmaking and this book would be a great help!

  126. bevyboop | | #126

    I could have used a book like this years ago!

  127. Fabric4Ever | | #127

    It seems that as our sewing skills improve, knowing how to effectively drape fabric becomes more and more important, especially when trying to make the best use of really special or unique fabric. This looks like a terrific, comprehensive resource for anyone.

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    adelesdernier | | #128

    I have never tried Draping but have been anxious to do so. I very rarely use a pattern when I sew which usually give me best results. When I was kid I used to make all of my own clothes and studied Costume History in college where I got to create interesting designs and millinery. I recently returned to sewing as an adult and am very anxious to start draping.

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    michellepaganini | | #129

    I took draping from Judy Jackson at Canada College in Redwood City CA last semester and loved it. Would love to explore the art of draping even more!


  130. Margif513 | | #130

    I always wished to learn draping and pattern making. I've taught myself some vintage sewing techniques and really enjoy making updated styles with older methods. Right now I'm learning quilting from my aunts and mother. We have our own family guild. It's fun! We'd love learning draping and I know that book isn't quite in my budget yet. Right now we learn from the little nuggets we get here and there in Threads, Project Runway, etc. Yeah Threads!

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    DesignbyMEW | | #131

    I would love to up my skill in draping. Thank you for sharing about this book.

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    KarenJ | | #132

    I would LOVE to try draping! I've looked at lots of draping books on Amazon but they are all so expensive that I haven't bought one yet. This book looks great so I'll have to start saving my money I guess... unless I win it :)

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    sergerqueen | | #133

    It has been one of my goals to learn how to drape. I am basically a self-taught seamstress and rely on books to help me learn new techniques. The preview of this book looks fabulous with such clar photos and directions that I would love to add it to my collection!

  134. Herzi | | #134

    I am a returning sewer after 10 years and I would like to learn draping . I wish I could win this book. I'm 55 and I think I'm not to old to learn new skills.

  135. JerseyQueen | | #135

    I find draping to be challenging, but as with all things sewing related hugely rewarding. I was told by one teacher to 'listen' to what the fabric is saying and work with it. I flat pattern cut more than draping however,when I make my fabric purchases I always drape the fabric on my stand to look at the drape, what the pattern (if there is one) of the fabric is doing, how it will fit, what do I want to accentuate, etc., With draping I find more designs emerging, and there comes the challenge, turning what I have seen on the stand into a pattern. Draping is a wonderful art in itself, I watched a teacher called Lily Silberberg modelling on the stand,as her hands glide over the fabric and stand it was truly poetry in motion. This is another area of sewing and designing I have yet to master, in the meantime I continue to enjoy the process.

  136. User avater
    Bryan1977 | | #136

    I'd love to win this book! While I do drape and patternmake on a dress form, I'm always looking for more information to improve my skills. Draping is a great way to work--very free and easy to manipulate the fabric and see how it's behaving on a "body". Draping on a personalized dress form also allows one to create beautiful designs and not have to worry too much about the fit. The draping process makes the pattern fit!

  137. deChez | | #137

    I have been sewing for 45 years, but have never tried draping. It's a technique I want to learn...this book sounds like a great tool for someone like me.

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    Laura_Mae | | #138

    Draping is the one sewing technique that continues to intimidate me, so much so that I have never tried it. However, the potential creative possibilities continue to taunt me . . . one of these days I will take on the challenge.

  139. BBinGA | | #139

    I tried draping once but did not look very good. I need the Book!!!

  140. Hausbus | | #140

    My experience in draping has been limited - I usually am draping on my child's body, not a dressform. I like to get input from my girls on what kind of look they want. I would really like to know more how to take what we see as we drape and turn it into reality. The book would be a great help!

  141. Kyra1965 | | #141

    I have wanted to try draping for awhile now, but didn't know how to get started. Draping Basics looks like the perfect answer. The pictures look fabulous. I would love to win this book.

  142. pssews | | #142

    I'm getting back into sewing after 20 years of being a mother and working. I mostly learned to sew ala Stretch & Sew techniques. I'm ready to branch out, but am frustrated with trying to fit this bod that I no longer recognize! I've never tried draping and working with a sloper and look forward to learning the technique.

  143. jjdance01 | | #143

    This book would be so helpful. Being short, plus size and busty makes pattern adjusting so difficult. maybe this would demystify the process

  144. textilecrazy | | #144

    Would love to learn how to drape so that I could try making something without a pattern. Hmmm...guess I need to get a dress form.

  145. Rae54 | | #145

    After losing over 60 lbs, I have clothes to alter and re-design. I feel like I have lost a decade of my life to excess weight and disabilities and now I want to have fun, look good and be unique. This book sounds like a useful tool.

  146. smockerlady | | #146

    Oh gosh, I would so love to receive this book.

    I have a Helen Joseph Armstrongs book on standard pattern drafting. However, since being able to watch Project Runway here in Turkey, and seeing a young man use draping as a technique ( and I loved what he did) I have been desperate to learn about draping. His clothing designs were just so beautiful, fluid, feminine and just wonderful.

    Living here,there are no classes and I am a bit in the wilderness in terms of developing my sewing and designing skills. The description of this book, with all the beautifully illustrated photographs, well, it would be heaven for me as it sounds as though it would be the perfect book to work through on my own and get to grips with it.

    Good luck to everyone that has written in............it is a popular item for sure.

  147. JennyLorna | | #147

    I would love to win this book! I have never tried draping but I am feeling inspired to have a go! It looks much easier than pattern drafting... I'm really excited about getting 3D with clothing design!

  148. Alexus1325 | | #148

    I'm fascinated by draping! I adore Project Runway, and I'm always so astounded when I see the designers drape right on the dressform and use that to make their finished piece. However, I've read in many places that draping is insufficient for a true understanding of creating 3-dimensional objects from a 2-dimensional plane, and so I've cultivated in myself a desire to learn proper pattern manipulation techniques (which is what those PR designers do AFTER they've draped, anyway). I'm getting pretty good at it, but I'm still far from where I want to be. Now that I've been exploring one school of thought for several years, I think it's time I gave draping a chance! If it improves my skills in any way at all, then it's worth the effort. Thanks so much for offering this book in a giveaway :D

  149. MsReed38 | | #149

    I would love to have this book. After coming back to sewing and feeling like a total newbie after 10 years, I would love to aquiresome direction to take my sewing to the next level. Even if I don't win it will definately be on my must have list.

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    genevieve | | #150

    My draping experience - both the best and scariest!
    My neice asked me to make her wedding dress. Aided by Susan Khaljie's wonderful book, the foundation was successfully achieved and the silk chameuse to cover was challenging but OK. But when it came to the swathes of fine silk gauze (georgette)that she envisaged floating across her bust, and swirling around her hips into the train, I was stumped! It would not lie still for me to cut flat, and it didn't behave like the muslin. I borrowed a mannequin, and began pinning on to the bress. I cut with my heart in my mouth, wondering if I could buy more fabric of this didn't work.
    Fortunately it did. The bride looked radiant on the day, and loved her dress. I haven't ventured into draping again, but it's a fascinating approach; will try again. genevieve

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    genevieve | | #151

    My draping experience - both the best and scariest!
    My neice asked me to make her wedding dress. Aided by Susan Khaljie's wonderful book, the foundation was successfully achieved and the silk chameuse to cover was challenging but OK. But when it came to the swathes of fine silk gauze (georgette)that she envisaged floating across her bust, and swirling around her hips into the train, I was stumped! It would not lie still for me to cut flat, and it didn't behave like the muslin. I borrowed a mannequin, and began pinning on to the bress. I cut with my heart in my mouth, wondering if I could buy more fabric of this didn't work.
    Fortunately it did. The bride looked radiant on the day, and loved her dress. I haven't ventured into draping again, but it's a fascinating approach; will try again. genevieve

  152. rarezoo | | #152

    I've been curious about draping for a while, and recently took a class on it at my local fabric store (G Street Fabrics, in the Washington DC area). The class really whetted my appetite to learn more - and this book in particular has been recommended again and again.

  153. Wuf | | #153

    I've never actually tried draping before. I'm intrigued.

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    racu | | #154

    I would love to learn how to drape, I'm planning to get a dress form, so this book would be a great treat for me! Thanks

  155. DoubleH | | #155

    Honestly, I don't even know what draping is... It seems like it would be a great technique to learn tho!

  156. alisoncat | | #156

    I've always been fascinated by pattern draping, it seems as though it would open up designing from a whole different part of the brain. I'd love to learn more about it!

  157. sewcietymaven | | #157

    Very little if any. I do love watching the contestants on Project Runway drape tho, and would love to learn how.

  158. Chunjueh | | #158

    From someone without even a dress form: I want very much to learn about draping, and am considering building a dress form with duck tape, and am wondering if this could work.

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    QuiltsShootsAndLeave | | #159

    I've been fascinated by the draping on Project Runway and of course I want to know more than they show there!

  160. hdeakyne | | #160

    i have never tried draping. i would love to learn it!

  161. SewCountryLady | | #161

    I have tried basic draping with great results and would like to try more.

  162. Bartender | | #162

    I have been sewing since a young child, however my skill could be even better with better knowledge of draping. Would love to have this book.

  163. pewell | | #163

    I have been sewing and I always wanted to lern the art of draping

  164. gennevi | | #164

    I do a lot of designing which most definitely has been hampered by my inexperience in draping. This book and a better dressform would increase my abilities 100%

  165. Moonbeams | | #165

    Draping has its painful moments and not doing it right the first time is a painful experience. In teaching myself the basics of draping, I'm sure I have overlooked important steps. A specific book on the subject of draping would be such a godsend to me. I design clothes constantly and unfortunately, take a great deal of time reinventing the wheel of draping. I'm in dire need of help with draping. Thanks.

  166. samty | | #166

    Draping currently sort of scares me. Flat patterns make sense in my head, but for some reason draping doesn't. Would love to learn how to do it.

  167. Piecemaker | | #167

    I have never been brave enough to try draping. Something scary and mysterious about it. Perhaps a book could help me get over my fear of the unknown. Read and conquer!

  168. downey | | #168

    I've tried draping, with poor results. Based on the article in Threads Magazine, I think this book will be a big help.

  169. savo1986 | | #169

    I learned all my sewing skills from books!

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    angelap | | #170

    I would love to learn draping. Thank you for the chance to win a book on it.

  171. DiVel | | #171

    I would love to learn how to drape! I have never tried to do it for lack of confidence. The book would be the perfect start for me. Thanks!

  172. sewvanessa | | #172

    I have tried draping in a class in the theater department at my university. I am always in search of good draping textbooks.

  173. sandysewin | | #173

    I've never tried draping, it looks scary but intriguing. I'd really like to try it, though, and this book sounds like it would be a terrific help.

    I've lost 55 lbs in the past year and have 20 more to lose. Once that is accomplished I plan to make a dress form out of duct tape. I'm looking forward to fitting and draping on THAT shape!

  174. dtretired2003 | | #174

    I have never tried draping. I have a duct tape double in the works. It needs some finishing touches. This book looks like it would be a big help.

  175. sewbridalncrocheknit | | #175

    I do alterations. I have learned many arts and crafts from reading books and learning on my own. I have sewn since I was 9 years old, made my clothes and my childrens clothes. I would really use this book because I am always interested in increasing knowledge. I have been interested in draping but did not know where to start. I would really love and use this book.

  176. sewbridalncrocheknit | | #176

    I started sewing at 9 years old. I have done many crafts, arts, and stitchery. I learn things on my own. I crochet, knit, and do alterations. I am doing knitted lace, learnig to weave on a loom and bobbin lace. I have been interested in draping but didn't know where to start. I would use this book extensively. I am always interested in learning new things. I love the challenge.

  177. elporton | | #177

    Whilst browsing through my Threads Archive DVD I came across a Couture Fitting Techniques article by Suzanne Pierrette Stern on how to pad a dress form to create an exact body shape. This was followed up in the following issue with preparing a muslin and drape it into a torso. I was so taken with the notion of draping but still could not get my mind round how this could work for me. What took my breath away was reading Suzanne Pierrette Sterns article in issue No.40 about her days working for Jacues Fath in Paris. In this she shows how she used her skills to drape a beautifully pleated evening dress bodice. I now have to set myself the task of learning the tecniques and skills to be able to create garments for myself. Flat patterns have never worked for me and I spend so much time revising and refining fit without any real reward. This book would really get me started on the right road to draping.

  178. suzannity | | #178

    I haven't tried to drape yet. I do a lot of sketching though and take a sketchbook with me everywhere to capture all my spontaneous ideas. My ideas don't start with a base pattern but the way I build them does. I want to learn to start from scratch. Seems like draping will help me visualize and change or scrap ideas. Should probably just try draping but some guidelines would help. There are probably plenty of books in the library to help. It seems like such a mysterious art.

  179. always_sewing | | #179

    This looks like the reference book that all designers should have. I want it so bad!!! If I don't win I'll remind my daughters that mothers day is coming up. This would make a great present

  180. smonakey | | #180

    I'm new to sewing, so I'm still in the "understanding what draping is" phase. I'd love to learn more, though.

  181. sewcool | | #181

    I would love to learn to drape. I have tried a bit on my own, but this book looks like it would give me the real info that I need.

  182. barraemom | | #182

    I would love to learn about draping. It's hard to get a good fit when I sew. I need all the help I can get.

  183. deirdrenf | | #183

    I keep watching people drape, and need more information. Just dreaming of understanding and being able to create...

  184. sewrad | | #184

    I see so many design opportunities in vintage styles. I want to create a version of Madame Gres 1977 tuck in blouse as seen in Claire Shaeffer's book, Couture Sewing. The very act of draping fabric into dimensional form is sensuous. I am pretty good at flat pattern drafting but need more work at draping.

  185. User avater
    WillaMcNeill | | #185

    I have not done any of this but have sewn and altered patterns extensively over the years. This looks to be a valuable addition to any library. I would welcome the lessons in the book.

  186. Verotte | | #186

    I tried making this lovely dress from Vogue (V1222) with stretch silk fabric. I am an intermediate sewer but that really stretched my limits. I definitely need to improve my understanding of draping and how fabric types influence the pattern. The dress came good in the end but with much trial and error (lots of...).

  187. mrsroberts | | #187

    After over 30 years of sewing - I started as a child! - I think it would be wonderful to learn draping techniques so that I can sew "off piste" more than I have to date.

  188. lexi88 | | #188

    I find draping very interesting and would like to do more of it as I have little experience doing it.

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    island_girl | | #189

    When I watched Project Runway, I realized how important it was to learn draping when designing clothes. This book would be a welcomed lesson and reference.

  190. TalyQu | | #190

    I sew for myself and my daughters. I have tried draping some simple things, but I would love to learn more. Especially since my daughters keep designing new clothes all the time adn I have to figure out how to actually make them :)

  191. User avater
    elizabeth001au | | #191

    I love to sew bias dresses, and am attempting to drape one at the moment. I definately need help.

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    carolynjh | | #192

    I've never tried draping but I would love to learn! This looks like the perfect book to get started.

  193. kehrhahn | | #193

    I have not done any draping yet, it is on my learning to do list. It would be great to win this book.

  194. athiker | | #194

    I mostly do flat patterns, but would be interested in doing more draping and this sounds like a wonderful book in which to start draping patterns

  195. HBJudyC | | #195

    I am a retired Home Economics teacher that has taken up costuming for the stage. In 2006 i took a summer draping class at the University of Minnesota. We used a very old draping textbook! I know that this would be a great addition to my library.

  196. missmartha | | #196

    I use slopers for most of the clothes I make for my granddaughters and my great-granddaughter. I have added ruffles and inserts of all sizes and shapes, but have not tried draping! I'd love to get this book, and learn something new!

  197. JoyK | | #197

    I've only made things from purchased patterns or by copying an existing article of clothing. I would love to learn how to drape and take my sewing to the next level. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  198. Stefanie | | #198

    I haven't tried draping - yet. I have taken an online class in pattern alteration and enjoyed that immensely. I believe draping would be a logical next step to helping me create my own design.

  199. sewjourne | | #199

    I am very interested in learning to drape. I have my perfect fit dress form to practice on. Am an avid sewer and would rather sew than do almost anything else. My goal is to be able to see a garment in a magazine and make it up and design my own clothes. I love beautiful fabrics and just love to feel them.

  200. pbjsews | | #200

    This looks like a great resource. I have just started draping a bodice sloper and still have loads of questions.

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    loyl | | #201

    Well I have been successful a few times on draping, but mostly have been unsuccessful. This book looks fantastic!! I would love to learn to drape beautifully and make perfect fits. I try, but I'll keep on trying until I get it right.

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  203. webolton | | #203

    I would LOVE to learn this technique!

  204. jjktmom | | #204

    I would really love to learn how to drape and this would be the perfect way to accomplish my goals! I think this book looks like a great teaching tool.

  205. prairiefairy | | #205

    Here goes!! I could be lucky and win this wonderful book! Thank you for the chance.

  206. ronica | | #206

    I have been doing a lot of pattern drafting and am really intrigued with draping. It is time to learn how to drape and this book would be a big asset in that endeavor.

  207. bronwynjudd | | #207

    Sewing is my escape! I love it. I have been sewing for 10 years now and mostly create things for my six children. But my real goal is to make my own wardrobe of wonderfully beautiful garments that fit me perfectly. I have been saving up for a dress form and looking for the best resource book out there to begin learning draping. I am so excited to find out about this book. I would be more than ecstatic to win it.

  208. User avater
    SewLambitious | | #208

    I have never draped before, in sewing anyway. I have done my share of draping for costume play with the kids when they were young and I have always been intrigued with it. I'm starting a sewing business and would love to win this book to add to my knowledge and expand the product possibilities. Thank you for the entry.

  209. Beth18 | | #209

    Draped garments always look so elegant and classy. I have so many designs running around in my head, but don't have the technical know how to make them happen. Quite a few mistakes sitting in the cupboard!! This book looks amazing and may help me to get the ideas out of my head and into my wardrobe.

  210. Auntie_Dawn | | #210

    I have no experience with draping, but I would love to learn!

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    ladysingalot | | #211

    I accidentally learned the basics of draping. I worked at a theatre as an acting intern two summers ago. I had only made simple things and could barely read a pattern. The first thing they did was send me to the costume shop. I built five turn of the century dresses in two weeks and was baptized with fire into the advanced world of sewing. Since then I have been obsessed.

    I have been experimenting with patterning and draping by myself. Everything I know has basically been self taught. I do a lot of research online because I have never taken a sewing class. I love to make my own patterns. Not only can I not afford a lot of patterns while in school, I can never seem to find exactly what I picture in my mind.

    I want to take my skill to the next level. I have started sewing things for friends and I want to know how to make everything that I can think up!

  212. User avater
    ginnylynn | | #212

    The second garment I ever made was completely draped on the body of the person I was making it for. That was when I discovered that I have an iffinity for this craft - and well before I knew enough to know I didn't know enough to do this :-) I haven't draped a garment since then, but I sure would like to learn to do it properly!

  213. TheCraftyDBA | | #213

    I have never draped and would love to learn. This book looks like an incredible resource to me started.

  214. momsewer | | #214

    Oh, I hope this book has simple, easy, instructions with large color pictures. If it has a spiral binding that would be perfect. I use my books and I need them to last.

    Draping and pattern making the two most creative parts of sewing. Sewing is finishing the project, the end result. The fun starts with the designing. Draping is an art I would love to learn and perfect! Your book gives me hope of learning that art of design.

  215. momsewer | | #215
  216. justdoit4u | | #216

    I a "mature" woman of a certain age; my limited experience with drafting has been adding design details to commercial patterns, and actually draping costumes for dolls and stuffed animals in my teen years. At that time I studied mechanical drafting, back before "computer aided drafting" became accessible to the general public. I found that my drafting background, as well as my budding interest in origami lent a geometric perspective and influence to my curiosity regarding draping. Today I have an intense love of movies that are set in the 1930's through 1950's, and more specifically, I adore the vintage fashions depicted in such movies. Just yesterday I savored the movie "Hoodlum" on cable, starring Laurence Fishburn and Cicely Tyson. The fashions were outstanding, for both the male and female roles. I so look forward to exploring Draping Basics by Sally M. Di Marco; I would use the techniques from the book to craft similar fashions to evoke some of my favorite eras.

  217. singflo | | #217

    Hi, I am a student at Norfolk State University, and I currently do a lot of draping. Draping is a beautiful process and it allows the designer to experience instant creativity. I have not had the opportunity to try this book out yet; but, it appears to be quite informative. Thanks for listening.

  218. singflo | | #218

    Hi, I am a student at Norfolk State University, and I currently do a lot of draping. Draping is a beautiful process and it allows the designer to experience instant creativity. I have not had the opportunity to try this book out yet; but, it appears to be quite informative. Thanks for listening.

  219. maggibea | | #219

    Call it youthful arrogance, but my first attempt at draping was in my college days (back in '89). It was an evening gown for a petite, plump lady who must have been... my goodness... 45! (Do the math...) It was a theatrical costume, and she loved it so much that she purchased it from the company. Sadly, it was the high point of my draping career. I'd love to return to those halcyon days... thanks for the opportunity to try again.

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    Josewstoo | | #220

    I saw a video on a website for skirt draping and experimented on my body double. Then I was able to teach some others from my ASG group how to do it on each other. Would love to learn a lot more.

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    Daylily124 | | #221

    This book looks very inspiring!
    I'm sewing garments again. For the longest time fitting had me stumped but just recently I discovered this wealth of information on the internet! I'm so grateful that sewers are willing to show how they figure out the pattern, what works and what doesn't. Sharing techniques and tips. Happy sewing everyone.

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    sewsilly4ads | | #222

    I completed a skirt using Claire Schaeffers 'Couture Sewing' book...what a thrill to say I completed a garment entirely by hand....the next step now is to try draping. This book would be a key to that challenge.

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    altieb | | #223

    I've been sewing for 24 years, mostly learning as I went. I've sewn all my daughter's ball gowns, including her wedding gown this month, usually having a pattern only as a basis with which to work, because for the specific dresses she had in mind, there were no patterns. I once had to drape bodice details - very hard for someone who had not even seen it done. I recently decided that properly learning to drape is just the thing to take my sewing to the next level. Draping courses where I live is prohibitively expensive, so a book will have to do (I love books!). This book seems ideal - it will definitely get a place on my wishlist.

  224. TallBeth | | #224

    My first project was made by draping fabric on myself. Beginner's luck -- it turned out great. I've never been successful at it again, so I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  225. divateacher | | #225

    I am very anxious to see this wonderful new book. It is not available in my community. Kudos to Threads Magazine for your book review which piqued my interest!

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    samlilypepper | | #226

    Wow! I watch Project Runway all the time where they are constantly creating such beautiful designs that frequently involve draping. I am an experienced sewer(50 years experience)who learned initially from my grandmother at age 5. Then I took sewing for six grades in school. I had three daughter and sewed almost all of their clothes. Since then I've taken several courses to build my skill level but I've never done any draping. I would so love to learn how to do it. This book looks like it would be a perfect place to start!

  227. DrivesSewMachBest | | #227

    Here's my dilemna: Stress caused me to lose too much weight and then gain just enough back. Thus my shape is not what it used to be just 3 yrs ago.
    Secondly, I have a handicapped daughter who knows all the right things to do to lose weight but has steadily gained since the end of 2006. She finds food to provide comfort esp. since employers aren't hiring the handicapped, even minimally handicapped as she is. So, at 4'8", she is now up to 146 and each "fitting" for a garment, whether handmade or off the rack alteration has to be carefully made.
    I could use the assistance of learning how to properly do "Draping" so that each project would make sense to properly fit. Those that she and I have made at home have been the best fitting with ALTERATIONS, NOT DRAPING TO DETERMINE THE FIXES BEFOREHAND
    I ask your consideration for my submission as the winner.
    (I have done some alterations outside "these four walls" but am not a professional by any means.)
    Thank you

  228. sewcietymaven | | #228

    Would love the book to learn more; but where can I check for the names of the winners of these giveaways?

  229. catosmom | | #229

    I have been sewing for about 35 years. I made my daughters clothes when they were little. When my youngest started performing with a local children's theatre group, I started working in their costuming division and rediscovered my interest in theatre costuming. I recently finished a degree in Theatre with the emphasis in costuming. In one of my costuming class we did learn a little about draping but I alway feel I need more instruction. This book sounds like just the thing to help me improve my skills.

  230. Lsnin4hisvoice | | #230

    Designing clothes has been a long-time desire (35 years). I an now retired and have the time to start learning and experimenting. The book Draping Basics would be a great beginning to a reborn passion.

    I have just started with draping. I have my first draping creation on my manikin right now, but I am at a stand-still, not knowing how to proceed. HELP!! ;)

  231. babs77 | | #231

    I recently started remaking old shirts into new and stylish ones I will wear again. :) This book would help in so many ways! Would love to own it.

  232. tie_ups | | #232

    I have been sewing since I!m 8 years old, taught by my mom. It is the same life story I!ve read repeatedly in Threads Magazine. I foind that I loved it so much that I eventualy taught Home Economics in the public schools. However, my draping education in college has always lacked some fine tuning. Now that I!ve become a Grandma, I!ve been sewing like crazy for my grandson. But I need to get back to sewing and designing for myself, It!s my hunger and lifeline. I!m sure this wonderful book will help me to do that.

  233. tie_ups | | #233
  234. PinkiJac | | #234

    I recently had my first draping instruction and Sally was our guest teacher. She was great and easy to follow. I can't wait to learn more. Her book looks like an awesome resource!

  235. chippiemunk | | #235

    'Draping Basics' would be a very interesting addition to my workroom as I've never tried to drape. Having a text to guide the skillbuilding would be the way to learn something as openended as this.

  236. jamiesl | | #236

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  237. RahRah78 | | #237


    I am a design student at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas, with plans to continue on to F.I.T in NYC for my B.A. This book is a required text for my draping class and is not in the school bookstore. I would be VERY grateful to win this book.

    Thank you,

    Desperately yours

  238. khairikreations | | #238

    Greetings Ms. Di Marco,

    I attended school as far back as 1983-1988 for Fashion. At the time, I pursued Fashion Merchandising which only required one design class. I chose Flat Pattern and never pursued Draping. I've always known I would need it if I were to actually work in the field of designing. I have taught basic sewing classes to youth in recreation centers and to adults at our place of faith. I would very much like to finally broaden my spectrum and learn draping. Unfortunately, my budget is super tight as a single mother. I would truly consider it a blessing if I went to the mail one day and opened up the box to find one of your books. Thank you for the opportunity. It is a rare one indeed.

    Renee M. Jones

  239. noga | | #239

    it is very surbrize book

  240. getting_better | | #240

    I would love to drape fabric onto myself and dream of what it could become if I only knew how. I think draping is fundamental in design and construction of beautiful garments that flow and hug the body. Your book would be an inspiration and joy to someone who wishes she could design something beautiful.

  241. NSC | | #241

    I've always wanted to learn draping, but was always overweight and lost interest in doing it. Now that I have lost 50 lbs., I have a renewed interest in doing so. I'd love to win this book.

    I have been a faithful subscriber to Threads Magazine and look so forward to receiving every issue. Thanks for making our sewlng fun. I teach a beginners sewing class and love to pass on techniques as well as recommending their subscribing to Threads.

  242. Draping_Dame | | #242

    Patterns, no problem, but I am lost with draping, which is shame, since I've lost 4 dress sizes and could use some figure flattering looks. Good luck to all us amateur drapers.

  243. kaponton | | #243

    Have done flat-pattern drafting but never tried draping. Sounds intriguing!

  244. mmownbey | | #244

    I would love to learn more about draping.

  245. jmwentzel | | #245

    Have been saving up for this book so when I saw that I could POSSIBLY win it, I was SUPER EXCITED!!!
    Don't know what I'm supposed to say. I bought a subscription to "Threads" & am learning a lot. Life/work is stressful & sewing & creating keeps me grounded & focused.
    I would put this book to more use than anyone else I can think of.
    Thank you!! Enjoy reading EVERYTHING (& then some....) that I can about sewing.

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