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draping book

michellec | Posted in General Discussion on

I have considered purchasing a book on draping.  Any recommendations?



  1. Thimbelina | | #1

    I don't normally post here, but I just happened to notice your question and couldn't help replying.  About a year ago I purchased Draping For Apparel Design, by Helen Joseph-Armstrong.  It is an excellent book, but it is pricey.  I think I paid about $90 for it since it is an actual textbook used in design schools.  I'm not much of a draper (yet!), but the book is very clear and concise, with mostly simple designs.  I also have Patternmaking for Fashion Design by the same author, and have explored that book much more thoroughly.  Both books are definitely worth the money, although there are a few editing errors in the patternmaking one.  I think the books really compliment each other, because they are written by the same author and have similiar layouts, but are approached using different methods (flat pattern-drafting versus draping).  It has been really helpful for me to understand the anatomy of a pattern first by drafting it, and then trying to recreate it on my dressform.

    Hope this was helpful.


    1. michellec | | #2

      Thanks, I've seen those books on amazon and wondered about them.  I have also found a book from italy.  Talk about pricey! It is $307 but the index looks as though it is for those who would like to take a course but don't have access to one.  I am still considering.

      Thanks for your reply

  2. zuwena | | #3

    An excellent book, used at the Fashion Institute of Technology (State University, New York) is Draping for Fashion Design by Hilde Jaffe and Nurie Relis, 4th Edition.  I don't recall the price--I think it's about $70.00 new, but you might be able to get a used on at a substantial discount at Amazon or other discount bookstore online.  Z

    1. Beavette | | #4

      This is a good draping book. (Draping for Fashion Design) It was my college text book in the mid 80's at the San Francisco Fashion Design school I attended. Easy to read with excellent illustrations. My version might be the first print..(c from 1973). Seek used books for this one.Edited 3/7/2008 9:21 am ET by Beavette

      Edited 3/7/2008 9:35 am ET by Beavette

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