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lulurose
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Date: 8/15/12 2:03 PM

I have a duct tape dummy and thought I'd give draping a try. However, some areas still seem confusing to me, like the arm holes.
I can't find any tutorials, perhaps I'm not using the correct terminology. Any suggested sites, tutorials or books to get me started?
Thank you.
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In reply to lulurose

Date: 8/15/12 2:24 PM

The term "draping" has a couple of meanings.
1. You take fabric and drap it over the body creating your design.
2. You take a muslin of say a blosue and you drap it to fit you.

That is my understanding of draping.

Connie Crawford has a DVD on how to drape a sloper.
Peggy Sagers at Silhouette Patterns web sit has a lot of webcasts about draping muslins.
I think there might be some articles on draping on the Threads web site.

I am sure someone will come along with more.

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Date: 8/15/12 2:37 PM

I will second the Connie Crawford video, Custom Bodice (Volume 2 in her DVD series). I was able to see it through my local library. She drapes on a person as well as on a dress form.

Her book, Patternmaking Made Easy, also has the instructions, but it's worthwhile to see it done. I just got that book and am looking it over before I do a review. So far, I'm immensely impressed.
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Date: 8/15/12 3:08 PM

Connie Crawford's textbook The Art of Fashion Draping explains everything you need to know about draping, and I recommend it highly. You can find a used copy of an older edition for about $30 on amazon.

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Date: 8/16/12 10:10 AM

Thank you so much for the suggestions! That sounds exactly what I'm looking for, to be able to 'drape' a fabric pattern or sloper.

I'm so tall and by the time I've adjusted, traced and cut apart paper patterns, it is so far from the original pattern. Honestly, it taking the fun out of sewing and I'm loosing my enthusiasm for apparel sewing in general. Even if this doesn't work out for me, the challenge of something new will get me going.

Thanks again!
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Date: 8/16/12 2:14 PM

I think you will find draping to be a very useful and powerful sewing skill. Good luck, and have fun with it!

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