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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 plan

6:38

Lesson 1. Draping on the Bias

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

14:47

Lesson 2. Bias Draping Basics: Fabrics

48:52

Lesson 3. Draping Cowls

8:04

Lesson 4. Checking the Pattern

35:34

Lesson 5. Gathering Techniques

13:51

Lesson 6. The Butterfly Twist

5:11

Lesson 7. Cascade Ruffles

11:49

Lesson 8. Creating a Flared Skirt

36:42

Lesson 9. Putting It All Together

"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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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

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