I had my second draping class this past Monday. It was pretty cramped in that classroom with about 40 people AND their dress forms taking up space. Wow!
The teacher requested that we bring to class four pieces of muslin measured, blocked and ready to drape. I of course had mis-measured mine and had to tack on some extra bits so I could more accurately drape. Tacky! We played around with different darts. Our first drape was a waist dart.
Then we draped a side seam bust dart. The instructor showed us how to drape a neckline dart, a French dart, a shoulder seam dart, and an armscye dart and then told us to pick one of those and drape it ourselves.
I chose the French dart because it seemed to solve the most problems in one fell swoop than all the other darts for people with larger busts. Also, it just looked more elegant.
Isn’t that dart gorgeous? Yepper, the French dart is my favorite dart right now. I didn’t even know people had favorite darts.
Interesting side note: I discovered while I draped on my newly padded out form, that although I have marked my bust apex location-wise correct, my darts extended higher than where I’ve marked my apex (you can see that in both pictures above). So that means I need to more accurately pad out the bra. Apparently, I need more padding lower and to fill it out slightly more. *sigh*
One more interesting side note: While I was at class this week, I noticed were some promotional posters up at the school stating the income range of different professions within fashion/sewing in this area after obtaining a certificate from this program. It was a little depressing to learn that a full-time seamstress could only reasonably expect to make at the most about $33K a year. A line sewer was much less, at around $22K.
Bad news: My dress form already broke. :/ The little nub that keeps the form onto the base and stops it from swiveling around as you pin broke off. It was just a piece of plastic that obviously could not handle the stress of traveling to class or my moderate use in class. So now if I lift it up, the base remains on the floor and when I pin/drape on it, it swivels away. Minor annoyances, but still, breaking during my first use? Not cool.
I think I might try my hand at draping a simple, drape neck, knit top for myself. The reason I won’t use the Franki pattern is that I want a more simple drape neck. My fabric is a see through lacy knit that I bought with Kyle when she visited San Diego a while back. I love this fabric, but I think it needs a simpler pattern to deal with the laciness and to showcase the fabric itself more. I think it will look great as a drape neck top over a cami or tank top. Don’t you think?