The process of draping is fun and unexpected, and I'm usually delighted with what I made. I only wish it were this fast and easy to make real clothes! I'd wear all of these drapes if I could!
Here's something Marlene Dietrich would wear... perhaps a Carole Lombard gown. What I wanted to showcase with this fabric was that both sides of it are pretty: one side shinier than the other. I draped most of the dress with the inside of the fabric (shiny) on display, but turned the side-peplum-thingy out to display the softer sheen of the right side. The low back of the dress tumbles open to show the right side of the fabric, too. When I first made it, I took a black feather boa and used it to accentuate the diagonal neckline... but apparently that made people want to buy the black boa (win!), so it keeps disappearing.
POPPY PETAL WRAP
GETTING MARRIED ON THE TITANIC
The style of this one--fitted bodice, empire waist, layered skirt--should be familiar: I've made it for my sister and for my friend. When draping on a dress form, it's pretty easy: cut a rectangle of fabric long enough to wrap around the widest part of the dress form (the bosom or hips). Wrap it, pinning fish-eye darts under the bust and at the small of the back to fit it to the torso. There won't be any ease in the skirt, which is fine because the dress form doesn't need to walk! Then pin the extra skirt layers on, then a ribbon for the belt. A few embellishments, and it's done.
A PANEL PRINT
LOVE THAT LINEN
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