What does a fashionista wear camping?

- - Draping

Why, a tent dress, of course.  The hottest days of summer have arrived, and so has our newest draping video. As you think about designing (and dressing) for the summer season, easy loose-fitting pieces inevitably come to mind. We can’t think of a better time to introduce how to drape a tent dress.

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 2.10.26 PMNow, if you are into “roughing it” in terms of a camping experience, you may want to head over to our videos on rendering plaid or camouflage. However, if you are more inspired by these “glampsites,” and can envision yourself lounging with a summery beverage in a free flowing dress, by all means, take a look at our latest draping video.

Screen Shot 2015-06-13 at 2.10.44 PMIn our Tent Dress video, you will learn how to drape a boat neck tent dress with a cut-away armhole. We will teach you how create your boat neck and armhole style lines and then how to drape your flares to add fullness to the tent dress. This lesson also includes how to draft a facing, known in the industry as an all-in-one facing.

The amount of “flare” you like in your tent dress and/or your campsite is up to you, the designer. Providing you with the tools to drape your tent dress – from preparing your muslin to showing you how to determine your hem length – is up to us. Wishing you all kinds of adventure this summer, both in design and the out of doors.

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.