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Do you like to drape when you’re creating a pattern?

I find that it’s a useful way to get the shape and design that you want. During my upcoming Draping Series, I will show you how to drape for a basic top, both front and back, then once we have it draped on the dress form, we’ll make a paper pattern out of it. 

I recommend various tools when draping and here’s a quick list to consider:

  • Dressing Form – there is a variety to choose from so pick the one that works best for the projects you’ll be doing. 
  • L Square Ruler – this ruler has two arms and is 24 inches
  • French Curve Ruler – super helpful for measuring necklines, etc.
  • Tape Measure – a must-have for any project involving clothes
  • Muslin – handy to have for sizing
  • Straight Pins – don’t skimp here, quality matters!
  • Pin Cushion – or something where you want to put your excess pins
  • Awl, Notcher, Pencils, and Tailor’s Chalk will make draping a breeze!
  • Scissors – or shears if you prefer
  • Style Tape, Tracing Wheel, and Yardstick to round out your repertoire.

Draping 411 from Mood Fabrics

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Helpful Terms to Make Draping a Breeze

You may see different abbreviations like SH or BL when you’re draping, so here’s a quick list of what the abbreviations stand for.

  1. SH-shoulder line
  2. NB-neck band
  3. Armhole/Armscye
  4. PL-princess line
  5. Apex/BP-bust point
  6. BL-bust line
  7. CF-center front
  8. SS-side seam
  9. WL-waistline
  10. HBL-Horizontal balance line

I have a feeling this Draping Series is going to be so fun, so we’ll meet a few times and drape everything from skirts to sleeves and even pants! 

This is a special series for all of my subscribers, so if you’re currently subscribed, use this link to login and tune in live on May 11th at 11am. 

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