The other day I showed you my new dress form (if you missed it click here). And today I want to show you what I been doing on it. I never had a dress form before so I also never draped before. I just started playing with fabrics, so I don’t know if this is how you’re supposed to drape. I had tried pattern drafting before and heard how draping was a lot more fun to do. And it is, draping is also easier as you can see immediately where the fit off. I’m not planning on making any of theses guys I’ve draped. Also, this dress form isn’t my exact size, more specifically my waist, not that narrow. So what did I end up making?
The first thing I work on was this thing. All I did here was the excess fabric at the neck was bothering me, so I made little shoulder pleats.And though they were kind of cool I didn’t know how to drape a garment around them. So I just did that little pleats.
The next thing I did was based on my fabric. The fabric was orange and a greenish blue in rough stripes It also had this weird fringe thing going on, so I used the wrong side. I ended up pleating the top, so all the orange was hidden. They pleat I also used to fit the top. In the ended, it looks rather crazy, but I would try something like this again. In better colours and with more regular stripes.
The next thing I draped was a very fitted polka dot top. It wasn’t as hard to get the perfect fit as I thought it was. If the fit is not perfect you’ll see it and it very easy to correct it with a couple of darts. Another thing that made it easier was the raised side seams. They seem like nothing at first, but they are so handy.
The next thing I did wasn’t draping as it more just wrapping the fabric around the dress form. It is a knit fabric, so I didn’t have much trouble. I base the design of the amount of fabric I had since it had this long strip off to the side.
The next thing I did was also a knit, but I did do a bit more with it. It has black and white stripes. I didn’t base the design off that I did a bit of gathering from the shoulders to the waist. It does look overwhelming with all those stripes and all the excess fabric I didn’t want to cut it off.
The last thing I draped was more gathers and a bit of pleating at the top. It made from a stiffer sheer blue fabric. It is a bit bluer than the pictures show.
That all the pictures I have today. I did be doing some more draping, and this time, I will try to make it into actual garments. I also am working on making a cover for my dress form so when I drape it will be more my size. So which one is your favourite? Or do you think their all meh?