Draping: The Complete Course

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Draping is the art of using cotton muslin to create
a fashion design directly on a mannequin. It is an
essential skill for fashion designers. In this book,
Karolyn Kiisel presents a series of step-by-step
projects, creating real garments in classic styles, that
are designed to develop skills from the most basic to
more advanced techniques.

Draping: The Complete Course

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Draping is the art of using cotton muslin to create a fashion design directly on a mannequin. It is an essential skill for fashion designers. In this book, Karolyn Kiisel presents a series of step-by-step projects, creating real garments in classic styles, that are designed to develop skills from the most basic to more advanced techniques. Starting with the basics of choosing and preparing the dress form for draping, the book advances through pinning, trimming, and clipping, and creating shape using darts and tucks, to adding volume using pleats and gathers, and handling complex curves. Advanced skills include how to use support elements such as shoulder pads, under layers, and petticoats, and how to handle bias draping. The book culminates with a chapter on improvisational skills. Each skill and technique throughout the book is explained through specially commissioned step-bystep photographs and line drawings that bring the art of creating womenswear in three dimensions to life.

• Draping is the technical term for using fabric to create a garment directly on a dress form, an essential skill for all fashion designers
• Uses case studies and step-by-step projects to build knowledge
• Examines draping in a range of key garments – classic, contemporary, historical, and costume
• Includes a DVD of 32 short videos in which the author demonstrates essential techniques

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