How to work with the draping method?

How to work with the draping method?

We have collected the most frequently asked questions. The principle is simple - take pins, a dress form, a cloth and pin it to the torso.

What are the benefits?
Draping allows you to see a thing in volume. You can look for new shapes, change proportions, change the product as you like. Move the tuck, add freedom, deepen the armhole, remove the length - all this can be done right on the mannequin.

What tools will be needed?
- tailor's dress form
- tailor's pins
- wrap fabric
- scissors
- pencil, felt-tip pen or pen

What kind of a dress form do you need?
Soft. You can easily stick pins into it.
An adjustable dress form has gaps that will not allow you to fasten the fabric where it is needed. Besides, the dress form should replicate the real human figure as much as possible.

What should I do if I want a product for myself, but the parameters of the mannequin differ from mine?
For customers who have doubts when choosing a mannequin, we advise you to take one that is slightly smaller. Volume in the bust, waist and hips can always be added with overlays.

What fabric can be considered mock-up?
Universal fabric - coarse calico with a density of about 150 g/m. It is cheap and has a well-defined warp thread. While draping, you must strictly follow the direction of the warp and weft threads. You can always prick the main fabric to evaluate its drape, decide where to place decorative elements, or how best to match the pattern, if any.

I pinned the clothes on a mannequin. What's next?
You draw all the lines right on the dress form - where is the waist, tucks, side seam, all the folds, if any. Then you remove the fabric, lay it out on the table and get an almost finished pattern. The lines are aligned, the conjugation of the slices is checked. After that, the details are transferred to tracing paper.

What clothes can be designed?
Absolutely any. From basic patterns to intricate collars, sleeves and dresses with breathtaking draping.

We sincerely love the draping method, and our Royal Dress forms are perfect for its application!
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