By Karolyn Kiisel
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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
• Uses case studies and step-by-step projects to build
• 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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