Draping

What is Draping?

Draping is the art of manipulating fabric directly on the dress form in three dimensions. It is the most creative way for a designer to turn design ideas into reality. You will learn the art of draping from the experts. Click on any lesson picture, below, to learn more! Note: You'll learn the most from these lessons by doing exactly what the teachers are doing, using your own materials

Beginner

If you’re new to draping, start with our “Intro to Dress Forms”, then move to “Draping Basics: Muslin Blocking Marking Pressing”. After those, do our “Bodice Sloper”, then our “Straight Skirt Sloper” lessons, followed by our “Bustier Bodice” and “Princess Bodice” lessons. Next, follow along with our “Sheath Dress” and “A-Line Dress” lessons. Finish up by mastering our “Flared Skirt Straight Grain Center”, “Yoke Dirndl Skirt” and “Fitted Torso Sloper” lessons, in that order. You can then feel confident moving along to our Intermediate lessons.

Pin Basting a Sleeve
Beginner
Introduction to Dress Forms
Beginner
Draping Basics – Muslin, Blocking, Marking & Pressing
Bodice Sloper
Bodice Sloper
Draping
Beginner
Straight Skirt Sloper
Beginner
Bustier Bodice
Bustier Bodice
Draping Free Lesson
Beginner
Princess Bodice
Princess Bodice
Draping
Beginner
Sheath Dress
Sheath Dress
Draping
Beginner
A-Line Dress
A-Line Dress
Draping
Beginner
Flared Skirt Straight Grain Center
Yoke Dirndl Skirt
Beginner
Fitted Torso Sloper
Beginner
Side Bust Dart Bodice w/Back Neck Dart
Center Front Apex Dart Bodice – V-Neckline
Armhole Dart Bodice – Boat Neckline
Center Front Neck Dart Bodice – Jewel Neckline
Shift Dress
Shift Dress
Draping
Beginner
Bust Ruching Bodice w/Sweetheart Neckline
Center Front Waist Dart w/Scoop Neckline
Tent Dress
Tent Dress
Draping
Beginner
French Dart
French Dart
Draping
Beginner
Gathered Skirt with Waistband

Intermediate

Our Intermediate lessons will teach you how to drape design details like cascade ruffles, button front and button placket closures, silhouette styles including the dropped shoulder, princess kimono and peplum and how to set a banded and convertible collar.

One-Piece Bodysuit – Swimsuit Sloper
Swimsuit Construction Tips
Intermediate
Wrap Skirt
Wrap Skirt
Draping
Intermediate
Princess Sundress
Intermediate
Princess Kimono Blouse
Intermediate
Drop Shoulder Blouse
Intermediate
Bustier Dress
Bustier Dress
Draping
Intermediate

Advanced

Our advanced lessons include the art of draping bias garments, creating tailored silhouettes, merging draping with pattern making to design a lined jacket and much more.

Creative Draping-Cocoon Jacket
Creative Draping-Organza Blouse
Creative Draping-Silk Taffeta Dress
Creative Draping-The Art of Fluting
Creative Draping-The Art of Ruching
Creative Draping- Zero Waste Dress
Draping a Bra
Draping a Bra
Draping
Advanced
Skirt Front Twist
Advanced
Asymmetric Twist
Advanced
Center Front Twist
Advanced
Jacket: Interfacing and Lining
Jacket Draft & Drape
Advanced
Bias Cowl Blouse
Advanced