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Fashion Draping for Beginners: The Emily Dress Project


The Emily Dress combines couture influences from ‘John Galliano for Dior’ inspired skirt with a flowy draped bias cut cowl neck bodice for a flirty, chic, romantic, and elegant silhouette.


If you’ve ever wondered about Draping, and constructing your own garments through this highly creative process, now is the time to discover!

In this free course, I’ll walk you step-by-step through constructing a cowl-neck bias draped bodice & skirt using Draping technique, converting it to a pattern, and finishing the dress.


I’ll also share my tips & tricks I’ve discovered through 20+ years of hands-on couture experience.


Emily” Dress Description:

  • Cowl neck, sleeveless top
  • A-line silhouette
  • Draped front skirt
  • Below knee length
  • Fully lined
  • Invisible zipper at CB


Construction Details and Steps:

  • The muslin preparation 
  • The bodice draped on Bias
  • Creative fold and pre- application applied to fabric and draped for skirt
  • The draped pieces are marked and transferred to the paper
  • The sewable pattern created
  • Cut and sew details for top fabric and the lining
  • Hand finishings
  • Review of styling


Fabric detail and usage:

  • Approximately, 1.5 yards Lightweight silk for top fabric ben used
  • Approximately 1.5 yards lightweight Silk Habotai for lining 
  • 22” soft invisible zipper
  • Small hook and eye



Fabrics can be used for this project:

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

Lightweight, midweight Crepe, Mid weight interlock Rayon or Viscose, Mid weight Georgette, lightweight gabardine, lightweight wool suiting, Silk Charmeuse, Duchess satin, Lightweight velvet, 

LESSONS

Lesson 1

Required Tools

Lesson 2

Muslin Preparation

Lesson 3

Draping the Skirt

Lesson 4

Draping the Bodice – Front

Lesson 5

Draping the Bodice – Back

Lesson 6

Preparing Bodice for Pattern Transfer

Lesson 7

Transferring Bodice to Pattern

Lesson 8

Preparing Skirt for Pattern Transfer

Lesson 9

Transferring Skirt to Pattern

Lesson 10

Cutting the Silk Fabric & Lining

Lesson 11

Sewing the Bodice

Lesson 12

Sewing the Skirt

Lesson 13

Project Overview

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DRAPING, DRAFTING, and HYBRID SHORTCUTS
Without Going to 4-Years of Fashion School or Working at a Couture Atelier

In Draping Society, you'll be creating well-fitted patterns & turning them into garments from scratch.

You’ll create your bespoke tailored wardrobe, that is uniquely you.

You'll unlock your creativity by using your custom-fit blocks & finished patterns to create many more design options, how to choose the right fabrics for your project, and high-end finishing methods to upgrade each garment.

Each design project comes with extended detailed videos on every single step from choosing a design & modifying for your shape, creating the pattern, fitting, choosing fabrics, cutting, sewing & high-end finishing.

You’ll get personal attention & feedback on your projects during our weekly Live Sessions, where all member questions get answered, and new design demonstrations are shared.

DRESS PROJECTS

Dress Project: Brooke

6 hrs 11 mins
A stylish and versatile dress with a soft, fluid drape at the front that flatters your body shape and enhances your style.

Dress Project: Alex Blush Bridal Gown

1 hr 37 mins
A stunning Halter top wedding or engagement dress featuring a deep V neckline, whimsical hand sewn floral lace and sheer bodice-inspired details. An effortless A-line silhouette is created by layers of tulle over a nude blush color base.

Dress Project: Amanda Jacket

5 hrs 9 mins
This is a stylish jacket that is cozy, easy to wear, and looks great over a dress or with jeans and a tee

Dress Project: Charlie

3 hrs 52 mins
Empire halter top jersey dress attached to asymmetrical creative draped skirt

Dress Project: Emily

2 hrs 55 mins
The Emily Dress combines couture influences from 'John Galliano for Dior' inspired skirt with a flowy draped bias cut cowl neck bodice for a flirty, chic, romantic, and elegant silhouette.

Dress Project: Debbie

7 hrs 49 mins
We'll develop Kimono Sleeve Bodice foundation, Dolman Sleeve Torso foundation, Batwing Sleeve Torso foundation for Jersey, Half Circle or Full Circle Skirt Pattern

Dress Project: Amanda

5 hrs 13 mins
Designed with a flattering draped skirt and a well fitted, open V-neckline bodice with straps

Dress Project: Barbara

5 hrs 28 mins
A simple, effortless chic dress that is perfect for brunch parties, luncheons or rehearsal dinners.

    FOUNDATIONS COURSES

    Removable Dress Form Padding Course

    9 hrs 16 mins
    We develop a custom removable dress form padding cover with zipper that matches your measurements!

    Oversized Shirt

    2 hrs 10 mins
    We cover steps for making an oversized shirt/blouse with puff sleeves or large sleeves

    Draping Foundations: Basic Slopers

    3 hrs 55 mins

    Classic Shirt

    4 hrs 31 mins
    In this project, we cover steps of making a classic shirt with a yoke

    Draping Foundations: Jersey Tee

    1 hr 29 mins
    We drape a jersey fitted and semi-fitted tee, and from there we'll develop our sloper pattern for fitted and semi fitted Tee.

    Draping Foundations: Sleeves

    3 hrs 34 mins

    Draping Foundations: Sheath, Semi-Fitted and Shift Dresses

    1 hr 59 mins

      PATTERN DRAFTING

      How to Add Few Inches to Turn to Curved or Tapered Skirt Bottom as Pattern

      7 mins

      How to Use Your Bodice Block and Change to Different Neckline

      8 mins

      How to Create a Dropped Shoulder Without Sleeve on Your Pattern

      2 mins

      How to Correct Your Pattern for a Sway Back

      10 mins

      How to Add Ease to Your Fitted Skirt Pattern

      10 mins

      How to Create a Torso Pattern Using Your Bodice and Skirt Foundation Patterns

      27 mins

      How to Give a V-neck to Your Block and Continue to Back Pattern

      5 mins

      Amanda Jacket Pocket Option, and Shoulder Line Sewing Explanation

      16 mins

      How to Turn Your Bodice Pattern into a Block Pattern

      32 mins

      How to Add Ease to Your Fitted Bodice Pattern

      23 mins

      Amanda Dress Skirt Modification of Adding Side Seam

      10 mins

      How to Make a Skirt Pattern for Knit & Jerseys

      36 mins

      How to Make Your Pattern Neck Circle Smaller but not the Shoulder

      8 mins

      How to Turn Your Bodice Pattern & Sleeve into Jersey Pattern

      46 mins

      Variation of Dart from 2-Dart Bodice

      21 mins

      How to Add or Reduce Drape for Charlie Dress Pieces

      19 mins

      How to Transfer Any T-Shirt into a Pattern

      51 mins

      How to Add Box Pleat at the Center Back of Top & Shirt

      11 mins

        VAST COURSE LIBRARY

        Access 60+ hours of amazing, in-depth dressmaking lessons including hours of step-by-step instruction, and Demo Sessions covering various techniques.

        DRESSMAKERS' PATH

        The ultimate step-by-step learning system for dressmakers. Transform your dressmaking skills through structured, accountable learning. Eight specific levels from super beginner to finishing a complete dress project.
        So you know exactly how much progress you've made and exactly where to go next.

        WEEKLY LIVE-STREAM SEMINARS

        Each week we do a Live Session where Neda answers everyone's questions, provides feedback on their progress & their work, and also does Live Demos for various specific techniques.
        These all get recorded for future reference within our archive.

        DIRECT FEEDBACK AND DIRECTION

        Get direct feedback and answers to all your burning questions from Neda herself, and your fellow members through our Live Sessions, community group, or by contacting our support team directly.

        AWESOME COMMUNITY

        Connect with fellow sewists from around the world who are just like you in our community group. Our members are focused on getting their dressmaking to the next level, but also on helping other students around them. They’ll be there for you 24/7.

        COURSE RESOURCES

        Each course is accompanied by detailed PDFs that include a project overview, materials information, and muslin preparation steps.

        Get Access To This Course in the next 3-minutes!

        Single Course

        3-month Access
        $ 47 0 for 3 months
        • All lessons in this course





        Draping Society

        - Silver Membership -
        $ 27 per month
        • Self-Study Membership

        • Access to ALL Courses
        • Downloadable PDFs
        • Access to Bonus Guide Videos on Tips & Techniques
        • Dressmakers' Path, an 8-level step-by-step course to track your progress
        • Sign up yearly & get 2 months free!

        Draping Society

        - Gold Membership -
        $ 47 per month
        • Weekly Live Feedback & Facebook Community​

        • Everything in Silver Membership, PLUS:
        • Access to Exclusive Facebook Community
        • Weekly Live Q&A Sessions, for members' questions & project feedback
        • Weekly Live Demonstrations for requested techniques, and new projects
        • Access to ALL Live Session archives (50+ of them!)
        • Sign up yearly & get 2 months free!


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        Draping Society

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        • Subscribe yearly & get 2 months free!


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        - Gold Membership -
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        • Monthly Subscription (Cancel anytime!)


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        - Gold Membership -
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        • Subscribe yearly & get 2 months free!


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