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I've been surprised how many sewists hear the word "draping" and have their anxiety level rise and their interest wane. Perhaps this is because what comes to mind is a form-fitting darted bodice that stops at the waist and bears little or no relation to what you actually wear. Perhaps it's because you imagine Madame Grès or Madeleine Vionnet, knowing you could never reach their level of expertise.

Please reset in your mind what draping is all about. If you find fabric interesting and like to feel fabric in your hands, then I invite you to join me for three enjoyable days of exploring fabric on a dress form. You'll learn what you can encourage fabric to do, and what you can't get it to do. This in turn will give you many insights into why your clothes fit the way they do, and what you can do to improve the fit.

With a very small number of guidelines that I'll discuss and demonstrate, you'll discover that draping does not have to be about formulaic measurements and manipulations. Rather, you'll find that it can be about your fingers learning to manipulate fabric...and that this non-prescriptive approach to draping is irresistibly enticing!

This class is a mix of lecture, demo, exercises, and lots of time for your fingers to engage with fabric on a dress form.

You'll learn to:

  • prepare your fabric
  • explore the power of and effects of fabric grain line
  • create three-dimensionality with fabric in order to fit the body's mounds (e.g., bust) and hollows (e.g., small of the back)
  • incorporate fullness in different manners
  • use darts in both familiar and new ways
  • utilize and sometimes introduce seams to achieve fit and enhance design
  • create a pattern from a draped design

What you'll need:

  • a full-scale or half-scale dress form*
  • lots of pins (1-3/8" long or shorter)**
  • yard stick, preferably metal, if you have one
  • 18" c-thru ruler
  • a few colored pencils
  • a few fine-tipped Sharpies
  • pictures of interesting garments or garment components
  • your sketch book of garment designs, if you keep one
  • a few pieces of fashion fabric that are of particular interest to you (for inspiration only)
  • sewing shears and small scissors

*While a dress form that is a replica of your body is wonderful to have, it's not necessary, since the focus of this class is teaching your hands to manipulate fabric.

**If you would like to pre-purchase pins from my webstore, let me know and I'll bring them to class for you.

What is supplied:

  • muslin for you to use throughout the class
  • waxed chalk
  • draping tape of different kinds
  • design rulers for all to share
  • metal rulers for all to share
  • exam table pattern paper for pattern development
  • iron and ironing board for all to share

For more information and questions, please feel free to get in touch with me:

Sarah Veblen
15 Cross Falls Circle
Sparks, MD 21152
e-mail: sarah@sarahveblen.com

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