Fashion Draping Class

Project Description

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'. 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!

What you will need

  • Ikea furnishing-type fabric

Q&A with Tallulah Twirl

Milenushka asked:
For example, my adhustable form has higher bust than me. She is idealized, what can you do. Did you have the same issues? Also the pinnung into it is a pain. The other form I have is size 8, but made from something pinable, so I was thinking of puting some layers on it..
Tallulah Twirl answered:
I think I was very lucky - Miranda (my form) has only a very slightly higher bust than me and I put a bra on her just to make sure we're as alike as possible - could you manipulate the position of a bra to help? I got a bit confused with the pinning. Paul seems to say that you pin the straight grain to the other side of the form on the adjustable model - but if it's dialled up to my shape, the bottom is slightly wider than the top, so the straight grain would no longer be vertical. It took me a while for this realisation to dawn... In the end I pinned to the other side of the gap, but pinned in the spare material, making sure the grain line was lined up with the wheels I use to adjust her at the centre. Don't know if this is helpful to you (or even makes sense!) ? Good luck!
Pohutukawa asked:
Well done, it is a great fit
Tallulah Twirl answered:
Thank you - I can feel bits I would change slightly when I'm wearing it but it was such a useful process of getting to know your own shape that I think it will help in everything I make from this point - not just draping.
Calumn asked:
Great job! I love everything, the drape, the fabric, the belt, everything!
Tallulah Twirl answered:
Aw, thank you, Calumn! It was just a bit blah without a splash of something, I think. Im not good at understated. And I don't know what I'd do without an emergency Ikea stash...
huysentru342343 asked:
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 ?
Tallulah Twirl answered:
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!
Sewrita2002 asked:
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!!
Tallulah Twirl answered:
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! ;-)

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