Draping Class #5
Folks, I’m coming to the conclusion that draping is not really practical for me. Let me explain… Originally, when I found out that this class was a draping class instead of a flat pattern making class, I was disappointed and excited. Disappointed because I’m not good at 3D and excited because I’m not good at 3D. I thought it would be a great opportunity for learning how to think in 3D. And it is making more sense to me.
But the deeper we get into our draping projects, I realize that my dress form is not a replica of my body.
It needs more butt padding, the waist is still not at the right level and when it is, then the hips might be at the wrong level. So I’m draping on a fictional body. It’s not my body. So my draping projects will end up not fitting me. Do you see where this is going? How practical is it to drape a garment on a body not your own? You’re just gonna end up with a garment that doesn’t fit your body. So you’re back at square one: making alterations to a pattern you’ve created.
Am I missing something here? Are there drapers out there that can explain some important detail or concept I’m missing?
In flat pattern making, I think, you draft patterns based on your measurements and then tweak them. That sounds like it would be more successful to me since you’re not depending on non-trustworthy dress form. Am I wrong?
At this week’s class, we learned how to drape a flared skirt, a gored skirt and how to insert godets into your gores. Very cool. I do think I’m learning things in this class. It IS wonderful to find out/figure out how different garments come into being. The flare in the flared skirt comes from manipulating the fabric at the waist. The more you angle the waist, the more flare. Start at center front you get one kind of flare. But if you start at the side seam you get another. Very interesting. The gored skirt was pretty straight forward. The godets were very cool, but did not drape well in muslin.
I am definitely learning pattern making so it’s not a bust. But how practical is draping if your dress form is not an exact replica of your body? Tell me what you think!