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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Drapes driving me craaazzyyyyy ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Drapes driving me craaazzyyyyy
Need help and advice as to how I can drape fabric
penniee
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Date: 3/25/13 0:28 AM



I want to create a formal dress with a skirt live above^ I'm attaching the same waistband too, I've tried and tried and tried and I can't seem to get my fabric (chiffon) to drape as beautifully and neatly as the dress above!

The way I was draped it, was just gathering a skirt and pinned it to my dress form. I experimented ways I could drape it but it's just not working out.. My mother suggested that I manually create a pattern that I can just attach to the skirt and create a perfect drape - BUT I DONT KNOW HOW!!

Should I be posting this in the patternmaking section...

Anyways, I would appreciate your help so much!!

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Date: 3/25/13 5:00 AM

Hi penniee,

1st, I'm glad you have a dressform! It's a lovely dress. I couldn't figure out why the fabric was forming those folds at the side of the hips, so I went searching for a photo of the back of the dress. So guess what I found: a knock-off of that dress w/ alot more photos! It's a little bit different, but sure looks like a copy of it:

Gold Prom Dress Knock-off

So you only want to copy the skirt part? Looks like 2 pieces of fabric overlapping in the center. The draping on the side of the hips looks similar to a cowl neck, except it's a lot bigger, deeper, and placed at the hip. Yes, these pieces would go over a straight down gathered skirt like you've started. Well on 2nd look, I guess it could be just one really wide piece of fabric, drawn up at center back and center front, w/ the ends overlapped at the front. Does this help any?

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Date: 3/25/13 12:29 PM

My guess would be that grainline is the issue. I'm assuming you placed the gathers on the straight grain, and the overskirt needs a bit of bias to drape in the way pictured. I would suggest playing with where your bias and straight grain falls and hand pleating tehn pinning to your dress form until you see where the gathers should be placed.

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Date: 3/25/13 7:33 PM

You'll also get much better results with a very fine silk chiffon, as well. When I've worked on this kind of thing, I didn't get nearly as good results with poly chiffon.

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Date: 3/26/13 6:08 PM

I agree with dragonbait, silk chiffon has a completely different hand and drape than poly

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Date: 3/27/13 2:26 AM

silk chiffon would be more expensive wouldn't it?

I found a video on how to drape fabric here. It helped me a lot!

Here's a picture of my dress - but the problem is that it sticks out too much! Is this due to the fact that it is made of poly chiffon?



Oh, and also, the skirt consists of two gathered layers, do you think this is too much? It isn't bulky though and doesn't make my butt look big when it's on a side view. I'm also planning of sewing in a lining that only goes up above the knee because I left an opening in the middle of the front so that my legs and shoes can be seen while I'm walking. The lining won't be gathered though.

Give me some advice, what do you think of the dressThe bodice won't be like that though, I didn't have lace in red so I used a black one - it is only a toile afterall..

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Date: 3/27/13 3:04 PM

I think it could look lovely!. Personally I would make the "cowls" on each side a good deal (like double the current length) longer (as on the inspiration) and then I think they would emphasise the hips rather less. And I am sure that poly does not drape as softly as the inspiration either and that is the other reason why they are sticking out, so trying with a softer fabric could be a good idea.
best of luck - well done so far.
Anne

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