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Fashion Draping Class

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Fashion Draping: Dressmaking Basics taught by Paul Gallo

You are an individual; your clothing should be unique. Learn fashion draping from designer Paul Gallo and create your own dress patterns for an unrivaled look.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Retro / Vintage, Classic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Ikea furnishing-type fabric

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What are you most proud of? I did it! *And* it's wearable. How fabulous! It's not totally perfect, but it is a first attempt and I am looking forward to building on what I've learnt - which is volumes. I spent most of a week off work committed to it, but it was worth it. It was a fabulous experience and Paul is a wonderful 'teacher'.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? It's definitely worth watching the class through once before you begin. There's a lot of information and it's useful to get yourself in the right headspace and know what's tackled in the various sections - a question you may have may be resolved a little further along. Also, the questions asked by others who have done the class are well worth a read-through. Finally, I was working on an adjustable dummy (Miranda!) and I did find the instructions on working with her a little sketchy and I needed a little common sense and extra thinking time to adapt things to suit. However, now that's done, she'll never find herself un-muslined again! Huzzah for Miranda!

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I am considering taking this class; what I am wondering though is whether it is possible to make a pattern for oneself (I live alone and no available help nearby) by draping a form ?

06/02/2013 Flag

Hi there - I'm not sure what you mean? I live alone and draped this for myself, so that's totally possible. I did have a dressmaker's form - do you mean you don't have one of these and you want to do the class? Sadly, I don't think it would be possible to do without some form of model to work on. If you have, I do really recommend the class. Good luck!

06/02/2013 Flag

I have a dress form; the kind with a few knobs to alter the bust and waist circumference; are you supposed to pad the form here and there before starting that class ?

06/03/2013 Flag

Yes, that's what mine's like! You'll be fine, in that case. You'll need to make the form as close as possible to your own size before starting the class, as you'll use that to do the draping on. I can get mine fairly close just using the knobs, but I do tend to put one of my bras on her - even if she's a similar size, it's useful to see how things will look when worn with your usual underwear. Oooh, have fun!

06/03/2013 Flag

I love your dress and fabric choice!! Great job!! I have not signed up for this course but am really considering it!! Hope I could do half as good as you!!

06/02/2013 Flag

Thank you so much! That's really sweet of you. I'm sure you could do at least as well as me - I have quite a bit of patience but I'm not one of these very practical people who just 'gets' things instantly. I'll keep a look out for your finished project! ;-)

06/03/2013 Flag

This looks great! I love your whole attitude about it and am glad you think you'll make other versions of this. The fit is great and I love the colored belt and your sense of fun!

06/12/2013 Flag

Oh, Paul, thank you so much for your feedback! It's been an atrocious few weeks and it was splendid to get such a lovely comment. (Particularly from someone with a great 'sense of fun' themselves!) Since doing the course I've found that every dress I see and like, I now think of in terms of how to recreate through what I've learned. And I have an idea brewing... Thank you.

06/23/2013 Flag

Fab. i broke my hand so have not been on here for a while, but hoping to carry on.

06/14/2013 Flag

Ooo, ouch! Hope it's not too painful and stiff. Maybe sewing will be good physio. :-/

06/23/2013 Flag

It really make me want to take the class! It is beautiful and a beautiful choice of fabric!

04/11/2014 Flag