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Get Started with Draping

Threads #203, June/July 2019
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Draping was the earliest means of creating clothing. From ancient Egyptian times to the present, the technique has evolved. During the Industrial Revolution, clothing manufacturers started using flat patternmaking to design garments, but today, draping is still the core technique used in the couture and high-end apparel markets. This three-dimensional approach can yield designs that would be difficult to create through patternmaking alone.

Draping requires a sensitivity of touch, a creative eye, and the ability to trust the fabric and let it guide you to the desired result. Every fabric has different properties and each drapes uniquely. In general, we use muslin (or toile) to drape a design rather than fashion fabric. It’s usually 100 percent cotton and has no finish.

I will show you how to drape a bodice sloper. This can be used as a pattern for a close-fitting, sleeveless top, but you will get more mileage by…

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  1. user-5280210 April 28th

    Irina was the person who taught me how to drape. She is an accomplished professional designer who has taught thousands of students the fine art of fashion design. I now teach fashion and design in High School classes using the techniques she taught me.

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