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Date: 10/1/10 11:39 PM

Hello everyone! So....... I really want to design my own stuff. I've been sewing constantly for 2 years now and think I'm ready. But I can't decide which path I should take...for now that is. Draping or drafting. I see all the designers on project runway use draping. But then again, pattern drafting is a classic it seems, so I just don't know which one to choose! ANY information you could tell me would be mucho appreciated!!

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Date: 10/2/10 0:35 AM

I've been taking draping lessons for about a month now and I love it! I chose draping because I can better see how my final project will turn out since I'm creating it three dimensionally. Also, for me, draping was the better option because I do not have much horizontal space. All of my flat pattern making would have to be done on the floor.

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Date: 10/2/10 7:13 AM

I do both, and it depends what I'm working on. If you go the draping route, I'd highly recommend something like a duct tape double.

My impression is that many people here do flat pattern, but I love draping concepts because there is little math involved. My sister took draping over flat pattern in college, and I always loved watching her smooth fabric into "shape". It's so intuitive (at least for me) for a great fit.

Although flat pattern info simply enhances the entire fit experience IMO.

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Date: 10/2/10 9:12 AM

I learnt both and what I do is flat pattern draft most styles which involve moving shaping darts into seams, but if I want to do something with drapes or folds of fabric, tend to at least pin out the idea on my half scale form to see if its going to do what I envisage, and what the pattern pieces will be like. If someone has a very non standard figure, its almost easier to drape a block ( sloper) on them directly, provided they don't mind standing still while you do it. You can't flat draft for every figure nuance, so anyway it ends up as a combination of the two.

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Date: 10/2/10 11:14 AM

I believe having an understanding of both draping and drafting is very helpful in designing clothes. Anybody who has spent time altering patterns knows that drafting rarely fits on the first try. I think draping gives you an extensive understanding of fit so even if you draft a pattern you apply your draping knowledge during the fitting process. Even if you take a very basic draping class it gives you an uderstanding of how clothing should hang on the body and how posture effects the hang of a garment.

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Date: 10/2/10 6:55 PM

I dabble in both, it's like anything else in sewing- the more different techniques you know how to do, the better you will be at problem solving. It's whatever works for you and how your brain works.

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Date: 10/2/10 8:13 PM

thanks for all the replies! How did y'all learn to do these techniques?? Was there a particular one you learned first??

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Date: 10/11/10 6:50 PM

I learned to drape years ago when working in theatre. Since a great deal of costumes are "one off" pieces, that's how we worked. I'm teaching myself to draft which has the benefit of allowing me to keep a pattern to make another one or further improve/modify a design. I'm using a vintage drafting book, I do a little fiddling until I get burned, then leave it for a while, then go back. It'd be better to have a teacher.

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Date: 10/11/10 10:20 PM

I do drafting, mostly because I sew only for myself and I'm hard pressed to find a dress form that has my particular fitting issues. I've tried the duct tape double route as well; that's a story of its own and I've posted that here.

There is a great book out by Rene Bergh, called Make Your Own Patterns. Click here She shows you how to draft your own patterns, then add some modifications. The book is laid out well, has some great pictures and to me, is an inspiration. When I'm bored with making the same old tops, I go to her book for ideas. I also use Make Your Own Dress Patterns by Adele Margolis. That book is great! She shows you so many design tricks; sort of picks up where the Bergh book leaves off. Click here

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Date: 10/12/10 9:32 PM

I took a clothing pattern design course in college many moons ago. Since then, I've continued learning from books and by asking questions here on PR.

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