Dress making – draping

I am often asked how I make clothes when I introduce myself as a fashion designer. So, I thought it might be interesting to describe a process of dress making.

There are mainly two ways to make patterns of clothes; draping on the stand and flat pattern making. I usually use both ways depending on the design. Some designs are easier to work on papers, others might need to be considered three-dimentionally. I am going to show how I draped a dress this time. The left dress on the fashion illustration is the design I worked on.

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Basic Block

First things first. Before starting making new clothes, I should alter my basic block a bit as it’s been 8 years since I made it. Luckily the sizes aren’t that differnt and actually the old one still fits me well.

When you draw a flat pattern, what block you use is very important. Having said that, I never altered it before even when I gained or lost weight… It is a bit annoying yet necessary process to make well fitted clothes, in my opinion.

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