Thursday, March 19, 2009

Talk Back Thursday

Here is a video on draping from YouTube. The author, Mimi Goodwin, has more videos on this topic - check them out! :)

Thank you so much to Mamafitz, Gaylen, Summerset, Karima, Elaina, Faye Lewis, Sarah and Becky for talking back to my confession last Friday! I revealed that I have never done any draping.

Two of the eight commenters, like me, haven’t tried draping – yet! ;) One person has done bits of draping here and there, but plans to get serious about it (and, knowing Summerset, master it!) sometime soon. The other five people all are reasonably experienced with draping – three had formal instruction in draping techniques and two have taught themselves.

It sounds like a dress form that is actually matched to your body measurements is a requirement – like several others, I’m not there yet… ;)

No one reported that it was particularly difficult (although apparently it can be time consuming), and most people said that they really liked it and it was a lot of fun. Becky mentioned that it’s especially well suited for reconstructing a new piece from old clothes. Elaina is not crazy about it, but it seems like that is not so much because she doesn’t enjoy the process, but more because she feels it can be a waste of fabric (when you use muslin to create actual pattern pieces) compared to flat pattern drafting.

Speaking of flat pattern drafting, several people brought up alternative techniques to draping. People reported unanimously preferring modifying an existing pattern to any other technique. After that, people split on whether they prefer draping over flat pattern drafting or vice versa.

Thank you again for taking the time to tell me about your sewing experiences! I love reading your stories and always learn something! :)

(PS - Sarah is celebrating her 100th post with a give-away - stop by to say Congratulations if you have a minute!)