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Date: 10/30/08 11:50 PM

I am taking a draping class at a school that doesn't use textbooks. I appreciate this, but find myself wanting a home reference. I looked on Amazon and it looks like there are three big textbook style draping books: Armstrong, Crawford and Jaffe. . Can those of you who have used them (or any other) let me know what you have and its strengths and weaknesses? I'm also interested in being able to drap on a human body, so information on that would be really helpful.

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Date: 10/31/08 11:21 AM

I haven't tried draping yet - but I know both Armstrong and Crawford are highly regarded on this board. Most members recommend the Crawford book for draping, but looking at the reviews on Amazon, it looks like Armstrong might be better.

HTH and hope someone who has actually used any of them chimes in.

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Date: 10/31/08 2:02 PM

I recommend This one

you can check out my blog for other recommendation but this my favorite.

My Webpage

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Date: 10/31/08 3:27 PM

Is it possible to teach yourself how to do this just from a book?

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Date: 10/31/08 3:44 PM

I am learning a lot in my class, and I would make big mistakes without an expert to help me. I do think that a book is going to help me a lot as a reference though.

However, I think you are a lot more advanced than I am, and if you already know a lot about grainline and fit, a good book might be sufficient.
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Date: 10/31/08 3:45 PM

Thanks, I'll check out your website for more details!

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Date: 10/31/08 5:19 PM

I like this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Draping-Special-Occasion-Clothes/dp/0713483326/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225487832&sr=8-1

And this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Draping-Apparel-Design-Helen-Joseph-Armstrong/dp/1563675501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225487930&sr=1-1

And this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Stretch-Fashion-Design-Patternmaking-Fabrics/dp/1563674793/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1225487879&sr=1-1

(its a great book if you draft knits)


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Date: 11/1/08 6:58 PM

Here's extensive online info on draping. Click here.

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Date: 11/1/08 7:30 PM

Thanks for the link.

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Date: 11/1/08 8:29 PM

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Is it possible to teach yourself how to do this just from a book?

Absolutely. If you have a good dress form and a bit patience you will amaze yourself
I have the out-of-print Dress Design Draping and Flat Pattern Making, by Hillhouse and Mansfield, and it's absolutely glorious. It came highly recommended by Kathleen Fasanella and I now know why. I also just received the book Domestichaven mentioned and it looks good. But if I had to pick just one, I'd take Dress Design in a heartbeat. It not only shows how to drape but has inspirational illustrations on form and design as well as detailed info on how to create complex patterns. You can often find it on ebay reseller and Amazon.

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