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Draping Class #4

2013 October 1
by elizabeth_admin

Whoo boy.  That draping class really takes it out of me.  I am so tired after that class.  I’m really out of my comfort zone and thinking in 3D is really hard for me.  I’m more of a 1D kinda girl.

So yesterday we showed our sewn bodices to our teacher and discussed how they worked or didn’t work for our bodies.  Some people’s bodices were fantastic for their bodies.  I did notice that those were the same people who were young, had a small bust and pretty much no body irregularities, i.e., they were just like their dress forms.  The older women with a bit more girth and larger, lower busts, like me, did not fare as well, i.e., their bodices looked great on the dress form but not so great on their own body.  I apparently need to do more work making my dress form look like me.  But to be honest, I am not looking forward to it.  It’s a real PITA.

We started work on our first skirt draping too yesterday.  Some people worked on their bodice, others, like me, used a partner and draped on our own bodies.  I’m not sure how accurate this will be since we were draping over our clothes.  But it will at least be more accurate as to our body shape.  You tear some muslin the length you want it plus 4 inches and the width of your hips (front and back separately) plus 6 inches.  Draw a line down the middle.  Mark your princess seams down about 9 or 10 inches.  Put a dot at the 2 inch mark on the center line.  Place the dot at your center waist line.  Keeping the center line straight, smooth the rest of the muslin across your front until the princess lines and pinch out a 3/4 (1-1/2 total) dart with the princess line in the center of the dart starting at the waist line down to 3 inches below the waist line.  Repeat for the dart on the other side.  Then smooth the muslin across the rest of your front, continuing to mark the waist line and then mark the side seams.  True up your pattern.

The back skirt is the same except that the back darts extend down 5 inches from the waist.

I had a chance to drape both front and back of the skirt, but only trued up the front in class.  I will finish the pattern and sew it up to see how it fits.  Since I was wearing jeans, I think there will have to be some tweaks.

While I was on campus yesterday, I remembered to take a picture of the poster about how much you can expect to earn after getting a certificate/job training here.



Interesting, right?  And did you see this NY Times article about how factory sewing jobs are increasing, but lacking the talent to fill it?  Looks like the projected incomes on that poster are pretty on the money.  Also interesting!

In other sewing news, I am so wanting to sew Fall clothes right now, but it’s too warm during the day here to wear them until winter officially comes and I don’t really go out at night so I can’t wear them then either.  Feeling frustrated.  Fall is my favorite season of the year wardrobe-wise, and I feel thwarted that I can’t really wear Fall clothes here.  First world problems!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. October 1, 2013

    It’ll happen (fall clothes-wearing). It’s just winter when that takes place. Ha ha. Sad, but true. I’m glad you are pushing through with the draping class. It is one of the classes that freaks me out because of the out-of-comfort issue, as well.

  2. Chris permalink
    October 2, 2013

    Thanks for posting these very interesting draping class descriptions! The part about fitting the young people with no body irregularities really made sense. They can probably use patterns straight out of the envelope, too… (sigh!)

  3. October 3, 2013

    I also found it difficult to think in 3D when I took a draping class years ago, but there were others in the class who absolutely thrived. Keep working at it! Interesting about the certificate programs — didn’t realize a seamstress would be needed at a casino!

  4. barbara permalink
    October 3, 2013

    did you ever figure out why the front of the bodice was hiking up? i’m interested in knowing.
    i have to give you a lot of credit for sticking with this. i can’t count how many times i started and pooped out in the middle. each time i start again, i have to re-pad my form.

  5. October 6, 2013

    Thank you Elizabeth for sharing your journey. I haven’t gotten anywhere near draping and I’m certainly not that good in math. :-). I saw a similar article about sewing jobs and the shortage. What the article (at least the one I read-will read your link later) said is that the jobs were/are in Minnesota AND North Carolina. Perhaps your link lists more states, but the bottom line is that unless someone lives near the cities in these states (being a resident of those states isn’t enough), then these jobs won’t be an option.

    Not any in my state. :-). Wish more colleges had FREE construction classes like the one you’re attending. 🙂

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