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Theatrical Thursday: Basic Introduction to Draping a Pattern

Dear Friends,

I’ve been talking about “draping” the pattern for my Vionnet-inspired cocktail dress.  But what does that exactly mean?  I have found these two videos by couture designer Susan Elias that shows the basic process of draping the front bodice and she demonstrates how darts can be rotated to the neckline in the second video, which is what I’m doing for my overdress dress.   For a princess bodice front we use two blocks instead of one like she demonstrates.  A princess seam is essentially one long dart joining the waist and another other dart (usually either an armhole dart or a shoulder dart).

I hope this gives you a better idea of the process I’m using!

Click here to watch Part One if the player isn’t working for you.

Click here to watch Part Two

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