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Hello Fashionista!!

Happy Monday!! Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. We got a winter storm and a tiny bit of snow but nothing fancy!!! My poor kid was so excited about making a snow man, but in the end she was dissapointed that all she could make was an “iceman“. 

Anyways, I did some fun stuff of my own this past weekend. I gave draping a try after a very long time. I am including a  draping time-lapse video in the end for your viewing pleasure 🙂 I always love seeing a garment come to life!

This above is a picture of something I draped a LONG time ago in fashion school

I have not draped much in the past . My preferred method of pattern making is flat pattern making. But I wanted something quick and easy this time.

A few years ago I draped this fitted Bodice with a box pleat skirt

Draping is fun and quick. You can manipulate and maneuver the muslin with your hands and get to the design fairly quickly.  You can also change the design if you are not pleased with it befoe you commit to cutting and sewing it up. 

I also draped this dress above with a fitted bodice and a box pleat skirt. If your garment in symmetrical, you only need to drape one half of teh garment, as your pattern will be on fold

So this past weekend I decided to drape a custom sloper for my half scale dress form. I had downloaded a half-scale pattern from the web and sewed it up, but the bodice was just not a good fit. I did the drape because I want to start designing and prototyping half scale. It is such a time saver and also gives me the satisfaction of designing while time is so limited with Connor being only 9 months.  I draped the bodice sloper, so I can then create a sloper on tag to be able to draft patterns from.  If you don’t know what a sloper it, it is a custom fitted pattern that fits the body like a second skin. Its a very fitted pattern . A bodice sloper can be used to draft any garment for the upper body (dress, top, blouse, jacket, coat etc)

I reviewed the Draping Basics class by Paul Gallo to refresh my memory of draping. I actually studied with Paul Gallo at Apparel Arts. He was my Fashion Illustration instructor. I actually did not know that he taught draping until I found him on Bluprint.  This class is included with my subscription to Bluprint.

I like that the class not only shows how to drape but then also shows how to transfer the muslin to a paper pattern and add seam allowances and notations on the pattern. The paper pattern is ready to be used right away. This is the beauty of draping.  I also like the fact that all chapters are quick to watch. The longest chapter in the class is thirty one minutes.  I also like that Paul covered some basics about cutting out the fabric once you have your paper pattern ready. He talked about the importance of cutting the fabric on the correct grain and using the grain lines drawn on the pattern appropriately. This is a bonus tip given that I have seen a lot of my beginner students make this mistake. I think the fabric cutting chapter is a bonus

The only thing I did not like about the class was that the sleeve was drafted on paper instead of directly on the dress forms. Sleeves can be draped directly on the dress form my simply drawing a straight line on the muslin and then taking it directly to the dress form. Since this is a draping class, my preference would be to see it draped on the dress form and skipping the paper drafting. 

I posted this half scale dress form on Instagram last week, and a lot of you asked where I got it. I have the Roxy half-scale dress form.  I am including the time lapse of me draping the bodice sloper. To give you an idea of how quick draping can be, the total video before I created the video was 11 minutes including the bloopers. And granted this is on a small scale, I can drape a bodice on a full-scale dress form in about five to ten minutes. That’s fast! Anyways, enjoy the video.

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I am not sure exactly which class I will be watching next, but I have my eye on this cover-stitch class. I have been using my coverstitch machine straight out of the box with it’s default settings for years, and I wouldn’t mind exploring it a bit. 

While I was in the studio-  I also recorded the highly requested video tutorial on how to cut a full circle maxi from fabric that is 45 inches wide. I will be sharing that soon, once I get caught up on work and editing!! See you guys soon and I hope you enjoyed watching the draping time lapse!!


Vatsla 🙂