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Fashion Draping: Bias Design

with Paul Gallo
Fashion Draping: Bias Design
Learn how to drape on the bias and bring instant elegance to your garment designs with the expert instruction of Paul Gallo.

Flatter any form with the sophisticated cowls, twists and ruffles of bias-draped fabric. Designer Paul Gallo shares decades of high-fashion experience as he teaches you how to drape on the bias and create pattern pieces for stunning blouses, dresses and skirts. You'll learn how to choose the appropriate fabric, whether slinky or structured, and drape it on a dress form, then turn your draped design into a paper pattern. Explore pleats, tucks and twists as you incorporate many draped elements into a single pattern and create a bias-cut dress or blouse of your own design!

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Lesson 1. Draping on the Bias

  • Meet your instructor, Paul Gallo, and learn about the rich history of bias draping.


Lesson 2. Bias Draping Basics: Fabrics

  • Paul helps you choose the right fabrics for your draping project and discusses dress forms as you start your designing journey.


Lesson 3. Draping Cowls

  • An elegant cowl is not just found at the neck. Paul shows how you can drape cowls in the front, back or sides of your garment, then turn them into pattern pieces.


Lesson 4. Checking the Pattern

  • Paul demonstrates how to mark up, pin and double-check the accuracy of the pattern piece you've created for your cowl and how to fine-tune the fit.


Lesson 5. Gathering Techniques

  • Get your gathers together with Paul's helpful tips! You'll learn how to create a gathered halter neck or built-up neckline and see how to make pleats and pintucks. Then you'll turn your gathers and pleats in pattern pieces.


Lesson 6. The Butterfly Twist

  • Master the elegant and complex butterfly twist with Paul's guidance. It's not really as complicated as it looks! Paul will help you prepare your fabric, then show you inspiring variations to try.


Lesson 7. Cascade Ruffles

  • Try a cascade ruffle to add elegance or or a playful element to your design. It's all in the placement!


Lesson 8. Creating a Flared Skirt

  • Add some flair to your designs with a flared skirt. Paul demonstrates how to make a dramatic sweeping garment without a bulky waistline.


Lesson 9. Putting It All Together

  • Pull together all you've learned to design and sew a fabulous bias-cut dress, from draping to refining to finishing. Get ready to hear, "Who designed your dress? It's simply smashing!"

"This is a fantastic class full of useful information and techniques when you want to make a garment on bias! Paul Gallo's teaching style is relaxed and to the point. There is space for your own creativity. The possibility of making notes when watching the class and watching the class over and over again is wonderful. Even being more advanced in sewing, I still learned a few new techniques and got some useful tips." Another great Craftsy class!"
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