Readers, it's hard to believe it but I have only one more week (and a day) of draping class!
I've loved this class but I must admit that it moves so fast that I hardly remember what we covered the week before. Thank goodness for these blog posts so I can refresh my memory.
You may recall that last week we began draping a princess-seamed bodice of our own design. This week we added collars and sleeves. We followed flat-pattern methods for both (most sleeves are not draped), but we did drape the shape of our Peter Pan collar on the dress form. Here's mine:
Below you can view my princess-seamed bodice from the back. The center piece is supposed to be pinned atop the side piece (a correction I later made) -- apologies.
Next we designed sleeves for our bodice. I decided to create a half-circle sleeve and I did this using the sleeve sloper we all traced the first week of class, and the standard slash-and-spread method, instructions for which I found in my Helen Joseph-Armstrong patternmaking book.
|I'm finding that many of my designs have a vintage feel. I wonder why....|
Next, we draped a one-piece balanced sheath dress. Not creatively challenging but an important draping exercise since you're creating fish-eye darts front and back. This is the last garment we're draping as a class.
Yesterday, we began working on our final project, a dress sewn in a stripe, which we'll have to have completed in one week. Since I'm working with such a bold uneven stripe, I'm using my draped fashion fabric for inspiration rather than creating style lines on my dress form and trying to impose them on my fabric. I'm still not sure what this dress is going to be but I'm pretty sure that it will be cut on the bias, at least in part.
I'll probably skip the ruffles since this is really about draping, not embellishing.
And that's it! Our classroom time next week will be dedicated to sewing our final project. I'll play around with my fabric this weekend and see if any fresh ideas occur to me. One thing's certain: I'll miss this class when it's over; it's been a lot of fun.
Have a great day, everybody!