6 hrs 11 mins

Welcome to the Brooke Dress Project!

A stylish and versatile dress with a soft, fluid drape at the front that flatters your body shape and enhances your style.

In this Project, you’ll learn:

  •  It is a creative draping technique that creates a variety of different styles by placing a thin strap at the tip of the CF fold and creating a different draped option at the front.
  •  The technique can be applied to a variety of garments, including skirts, dresses, and tops.
  • A sewing pattern will be generated by following and transferring the drape.
  • Using two fabrics is optional, and can only be done on separate fabrics or on just one.
  • This project covers draping, transferring to sewing patterns, sewing, and finishing instructions.

Brooke Dress Description:

  • A knee-length, 2 colored 100% Silk cocktail dress with several drape options,
  • Sleeveless, V neck with facing around the neck and armhole,
  • Side Pockets
  • Visible zipper in the CB,
  • Hong Kong seam finishing and French seam finishing, 
  • Easy to pull on and wear,
  • Can be adjusted in different sizes from the armhole/ neckline down,
  • Straps attached to the garment that can be worn on top or underneath for different silhouettes.

Technique and Construction

  • Creative fold applied to flat muslin,
  • Muslin placed on Dress form, drape position determined
  • Draping on a stand, marking, and turning into a paper pattern
  • Drafting facing pattern and pockets
  • The dress is sewn with a single needle straight stitch industrial machine  
    (You can use different stitching and finishing options) 

Fabric and Notions:

Approximately you need 2 to 2 ½”  yards of fabric for this project, depending on the length of your choosing and the width of your fabric. 

2 and 2 ½” of muslin for draping

15” or 18” zipper 

My fabrics are 100% Silk Crepe and Silk Charmeuse, with lightweight Silk Charmeuse bias bindings and facing.

Fabrics that can be used: 

Any fabric that has a good drape, meaning it is flowy, hangs and moves in a fluid, body-skimming manner.

Lightweight, mid-weight Crepe, mid-weight Interlock knit or woven, mid-weight viscose or Rayon Jersey ( lightweight might be needed to lined) Mid- weight or Heavy-weight georgette (any fabric that has a nice drape for the similar silhouette), lightweight wool Gabardine (check for the drape), Wool knit or Jersey 


Lesson 1

PDF: Brooke Dress Project

Lesson 2


2 minutes
Lesson 3

Preparation for Draping

Lesson 4

Draping the Front

Lesson 5

Draping the Back

Lesson 6

Marking before Transferring to Pattern

Lesson 7

Transferring the Muslin to Pattern

Lesson 8

How to Add Facing / Lining, Options of Finishing, Adding Pockets

Lesson 9

Fabrics and Cutting

Lesson 10

Sewing 1: Front Seam, Back Darts, Bias Binding Seams

31 mins
Lesson 11

Sewing 2: Back Zipper, Dress Facing

Lesson 12

Sewing 3: Finishing Facing, Closing Sides & Center Back

Lesson 13

Sewing 4: Attaching Pockets

Lesson 14

Sewing 5: Finalizing All Finishings & Closing Hem

Lesson 15

Presenting Brooke Dress & How to Style the Look



Brooke Dress Muslin Prep Measurements


Playing with Shape of Brooke Dress with Jersey Ideas Coming from Brooke Dress Technique

Presenting Brooke Dress & How to Style the Look

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