Live Session (June 7th, 2024)

Creating a Ruched Jersey Dress with Diagonal Draping

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In this week’s live session, I demonstrated how to create a ruched jersey dress with diagonal draping. We focused on achieving a fitted silhouette without visible seams, using a power mesh lining for structure. I showed techniques for adjusting and stabilizing the drapes to create a flattering, body-hugging design that moves naturally while maintaining its shape.

Demonstration Steps:

  1. Prepared the dress form with a fitted power mesh lining
  2. Draped the jersey fabric diagonally across the body
  3. Pinned and adjusted the neckline and armholes
  4. Created ruching by gathering excess fabric
  5. Opened up the side seam to achieve a tighter fit
  6. Hand-stitched to stabilize drapes in key areas
  7. Finished edges and added straps

Questions & Answers:

  • Q: How do you find power mesh fabric?
  • A: I recommend checking Mood Fabrics online, as they have a good selection. Look for power mesh with smaller, tighter holes for better shaping.

  • Q: Is it a problem that my front-facing bust dart is large and waist dart is smaller?
  • A: For the lining, having different dart sizes isn’t an issue as long as it fits well on the dress form. The outer fabric will be gathered, creating an illusion of a fitted but easy silhouette.

  • Q: What’s the best way to finish the edges on a sheer jersey dress?
  • A: You can leave the edges raw for a modern look, especially on very sheer jerseys. Alternatively, use a rolled hem on an overlock machine or cover with binding for a cleaner finish. It depends on your preference and the overall style of the dress.