Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Confession

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Threads magazine had an article on creating garments through draping. I've never done any draping - have you? If not, are you tempted to give it a try? If so, how did you learn? What did you make? How did it work? Was it difficult? easy? fun?

8 comments:

mamafitz said...

i've draped garments before -- i did it in school. i made a knit dress with flounces (i'm sure i did more things, i just remember the dress). it worked fine, and i actually prefer draping over flat pattern drafting, if i'm going to do something from scratch (quite honestly, i prefer to modify already made patterns first, then draping, then flat pattern drafting). it's nice to see the garment come to life with draping. i don't think it's difficult and it is fun. you need to keep in mind your grainlines, but that's what rulers and pencils are for. :) mark up that fabric!

gaylen said...

I haven't tried drafting. I'm not sure I'm ready. There are a few things I need first - my weight to stablize so I can re-pad my dressform to match me and to get a better understanding of the pattern alternations that I need. Maybe after that I'll think about it. g

Summerset said...

I'd love to seriously try my hand at draping. I've a little here and there as a modification to an existing pattern to get a certain look, but never draped anything from start to finish. It is on my great big list of fiber arts "things to try".

KARIMA said...

I took two courses in drapying years ago at FIT. I loved it. Haven't done anything with the knowledge because I just refuse to buy a dress form for the size I am now. I keep telling myself that I'm going to loose weight, then buy a really good dress form like Wolf (ha!ha! yeh right!). But drapying is cool!

sewducky said...

I took classes and learned it and I hate draping. It's not terribly hard, per se, but you have to use muslin and it's wasteful to me and kills my cheap soul.

I prefer flat pattern drafting because I can waste paper, not fabric, although it's not the best for bias draping and some vintage looks, generally it's just easier and less time consuming then draping.

Bear in mind, I try not to do either of these things. Both are more time consuming then actually just altering an existing pattern to begin with.

Faye Lewis said...

I've only read about, don't think I'm ready yet either.

Sarah said...

I LOVE draping.
I did a blue dress, you might have seen pictures, by draping crinkly taffeta. And I just kinda did it... I watched someone else, and then just went for it.
It was time consuming. I'm draping with those dresses I started last week too.

Becky said...

I think draping is fun! I tend to do it more often in the context of reconstruction-- I'm currently doing a half-draped dress from an old dress of my mom's where I'm using a tried-and-true pattern for the bodice, but the skirt is currently draped and pinned to my dummy. When you're working with little ripped-apart pieces of an old garment, it's just a lot easier to manipulate them into something new in that 3-D context. But I've also tried it with new fabric-- did a Grecian-style knit shirt where I was trying to copy one from Anthropologie, and one where I made the underdress from a pattern but I draped the sheer print to go on top to fit the look I wanted (still one of my favorite dresses that I've made.) I've never managed to make a successful pattern from drafting on my own yet, despite several attempts, so I'm thinking that maybe 3-D manipulation works better with my brain!