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Draping Class #10

2013 December 3
by elizabeth_admin

This week’s class was very interesting.  Some students wore dolman knit tops made from the patterns we worked on in the last class.  They looked positively amazing.  It really makes a huge difference when a garment is fitted to your body exactly.  Even in a dolman knit top (which is less fitted than other types of garments).  I was really impressed.

After show and tell, we worked on draping the 8 panel flared skirt.  Very interesting process.  Too detailed to explain here, but in short…  You start with the front panel.  First you determine how much flare you want to add at the hem and mark your muslin with all the lines you need to drape (here’s all the too many details to write part).  Draw in your flare from waist to hem on the side that will seam up with the side front panel only.  The other side will be the CF fold.  True up front panel pattern.  Using the grain line and flare of the front panel pattern, prepare your muslin for the side front panel.  Make sure to include enough muslin width to accommodate the flare on both sides of the pattern piece.  Pin the two grain lines together  of the front panel and side front panel and mirror the flare of the front panel onto the side front panel.  Then trace that flare on the other side of the side front panel.  You continue this process for the back side and back panels in order until you have all four pieces.  The back panel will only have a flare on the side that meets the side back panel.  The other side will be the CB seam where the zipper will go.  Use these pattern pieces, once you true them up, to cut out two each of the fashion fabric for the whole skirt.

And this is where I left my flare panel skirt yesterday…



I have three of the four panels draped so far.  My flare was 5 inches wide and flared out starting from the waistline, rather from the hipline.  I think that look is more flattering on my figure and less body conscious.  The less conscious I am of my body, the happier I am.

Next week we are working set in sleeves.  I’m very excited about that.  It will be nice to have the proper shaped sleeve cap tailored for my body in my pattern arsenal.

Until next time, happy sewing and draping!

4 Responses leave one →
  1. December 3, 2013

    My hat is off to you. I would have dropped this class ages ago. There is no way I could have kept up.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      December 4, 2013

      Kyle, every week I want to drop the class, but I have been going for most of the semester that it seems cowardly to drop out now. Also, I want to be a good example for my son.

  2. December 4, 2013

    Oooh, a custom sleeve! Wow, that is going to transform your sewing I bet!

  3. December 5, 2013

    Sounds like it’s been a fantastic class 🙂

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