Draping Basics – Muslin, Blocking, Marking & Pressing - University of Fashion

Draping Basics – Muslin, Blocking, Marking & Pressing

Draping Basics – Muslin, Blocking, Marking & Pressing

Draping is the 3 dimensional process used in the fashion industry to create a pattern for a particular design. Designs can be draped in the actual end-use fabric or in a substitute fabric but most often they are draped in a fabric known as muslin. In this lesson you will learn about the different types of muslin and how to prepare your muslin blocks for draping. We will teach you how to cut, block, mark and press your muslin before draping. You will learn the importance of fabric grain so that you can produce a balanced garment for all of your designs.

Module Description Step
1 Muslin Types & Uses 1-8
2 Muslin Grain 1-3
3 Muslin Prep: Measuring & Tearing 1-2
4 Blocking Muslin 1-4
5 Pressing Muslin 1-5
6 Marking Muslin 1-2
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MODULE 1 • Muslin Types & Uses

Step Description
1 In this lesson you will learn about the different types of muslin used in draping and how to prepare your muslin for draping. You will also learn the importance of fabric grain and how to cut, block, mark and press your muslin before draping so that your draped designs are balanced, they fit well and look professional. Let’s start with the definition of draping.
2A What is DrapingDraping is the 3 dimensional process used in the fashion industry to create a pattern for a particular design.
2B Designs can be draped in their actual end-use fabric or in a reasonable facsimile fabric.
3A However, most often they are draped in one of 3 different types of muslin. Every fabric supplier calls these types of muslins by their own product name, however in the fashion industry and at fashion schools they are referred to as Quality #1, #2 and Tailoring Muslin or Tailoring Canvas.

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