This lesson will teach you how to drape a sheath dress, a classic style that never goes out of fashion. We’ll teach you how to prepare your dress form, by applying style tape to create a scoop neckline. You will learn how to measure, tear, block and press your muslin pieces in preparation for draping. We will also teach you the process of manipulating the fabric, fitting the waist for a contour silhouette and then, how to mark and true your muslin pattern. One of the sexiest silhouettes out there, this sheath dress is not only easy to drape, but looks good in just about any type of woven fabric. Once you’ve mastered this dress, why not try our A-line dress lesson?
|Prepare the Dress Form
|Prepare Muslin Blocks
|Measurements & Mark Guidelines
|Draping the Front
|Marking the Front
|Trueing the Front – Part 1
|Draping the Back
|Fitting the Sheath Dress
|Marking the Back & Front Side Seam
|Trueing the Side Seam & Front – Part 2
|Trueing the Back
MODULE 1 • PREPARE THE DRESS FORM
|The first step when draping the sheath dress is to apply style tape to your dress form, to establish your guidelines and neckline style line. For bust level, tape from the left apex to the side seam. Make sure that the style tape is parallel to the floor.
|Tape the desired neckline both front and back.
|Tape the shoulder blade level, which is one fourth the distance from your neckline to the middle of the waist tape. Tape from the center back to the armhole ridge. Be sure that this line is parallel to the floor.
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