Episode 11:

Draping on the Stand

In this episode we dive deep in the beautiful and creative world of draping! This is both of our favourite ways to work and we’ve packed this episode full of do’s, don’t’s and handy tips and tricks!

Top 5 do’s:

  1. Mark your grain on your fabric before you start to draping with it 
  2. Mark accurately and carefully using different colours to match details if complex
  3. Photograph your drape from lots of angles before you take it apart(if you do after marking it up then you can easily place the different colours/details!)
  4. Use a fabric that’s exactly the same as your final fabric or very very similar
  5. Remember that drapes don’t float on air so think about what inner construction you’ll need and drape over a basic block and mark your seams/support if you need to.

Top 5 don’ts:

  1. Don’t switch between different fabric types, same fabric won’t work for different designs 
  2. Don’t rush!
  3. Don’t assume that it will go together with other flat pieces, always double check your notches!
  4. Don’t be afraid to cut into your fabric!!! Sometimes not cutting away will hinder you massively. Especially around waist, armholes etc
  5. Don’t force it! Draping is creative, if the juices aren’t flowing do something else and come back to it. Sometimes it won’t create what you want, let the fabric do the talking.

Some last handy tips:

  • We already said about colour coding your drape…do it to your pattern too!
  • If you’re struggling to get the look you want try changing the grain of your fabric
  • Pin correctly! 
  • If you’re draping on a base, make the base/lining first and use this as your guide. Work inside out!

We also have a few recommendations for you: 

  • Favourite draping brands: Mcqueen, Westwood, old school Galliano for Dior couture, Rolf and Russo, Com de Garcon…the list is endless!

Draping history: Madeleine Vionnet and Madame Grès


Is there a topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you! Contact Kathryn and Caroline directly with any comments / feedback on fashionhalfcut@gmail.com. Alternatively you can reach out on instagram @fashionhalfcut.

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