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No Rules Draping, Part 4: Create Pattern Pieces

Envision a garment, then use your dress form to drape and make a pattern.

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A linen dress I completed earlier this year is an example of how I can turn a design inspiration into wearable reality with the aid of my trusty dress form. This is the fourth installment in the No Rules Draping series in which I have shared ways I use my custom dress form as I design, engineer, and construct garments. Working on the dress form in 3-D has fundamentally changed how I sew. 

I used to start from a pattern. Whatever Vogue or McCall’s had put on pattern paper was the limiting factor for my designs. Though I quickly learned how to ‘Frankenstein’ several patterns together to get the details I wanted, I was still relying on what I could get in a pattern catalog. The dress form opened up the possibility of draping my own patterns. Now, I don’t have to cross my fingers and hope that there is…

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  1. AniSuSu | | #1

    Thank you so much for this draping series. I tend to torture myself trying to do things beyond my current skill level. Your tutorials have made me see that I can begin draping, too!

  2. user-6933191 | | #2

    What a great series, I learned a lot. Never thought about using the selvage edge, like you said some of them are beautifully woven, I'm going to try that out. Thanks for all your hard work I appreciated it.

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