Pleasure of Draping

In the previous post, I explained my appreciation for draping. Draping is a method to create a design with fabric straight onto a dress form. By doing so, you could get a rough idea how your imagination would be manifested in a human body.

In this post, I want to share one of the simplest approaches of draping for people who would like to create clothing on a dress form, but you do not know how to proceed.

What I can say for a beginner, you do not have to think too much about the rules of draping. Instead, just try playing around with fabric on a form. Find some lightweight fabric that drapes well so that it is easier for you to deal with. Then you can simply start pinning the fabric on a form using a design you would like to try and wear.

 

Again, draping is a creative way of expressing your vision on a dress form and it needs a lot of practice and skills to master. But it does not have to be always technical and difficult.

The beauty of draping is that you can train your eyes and sense of balance as you pin the fabric on the form. You can acquire the knowledge of the space between the fabric and the body. You will also cultivate the understanding of the relationship between the fabric and gravity. You may have to make many attempts in order to fathom the depth of draping. But if you are willing to pursue it, in the end, you will be able to express your individuality and uniqueness with draped clothing.

The photo above is a simple draping method I applied for this trial. I just pinned some fabric on an old singlet and stitched the draped part on top of it. It is simple but you can create a special garment for yourself.

Happy expressing your creativity!

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