Draping for Fashion Design

Theresa Parker
This practical book explains how to achieve great designs and creative cuts by seeing ideas come to life three dimensionally. By manipulating and pinning fabric on the dress form or house model, fashion designers can visualise their ideas and become more confident with their own creative visions. This new book includes advice on how to measure the body, as well as prepare the mannequin and fabric; it explains the draping process in detail with step-by-step instructions and practical tips throughout. It gives advice on working at half scale and provides calico preparation diagrams. Finally, there are chapters which introduce new design elements and/or garment type, and covers dresses, skirts, shirts and blouses. Written by a leading designer, Draping for Fashion Design is an essential guide to this skill (also known as ‘moulage’), and explains how the fashion designer can understand their designs more fully, as well as the fabric and the garment’s fit, in order to achieve impressive and sometimes unexpected results.
Draping for Fashion Design by Theresa Parker
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About the author

Theresa Parker worked for many years as a costume designer for TV and film, and made many costumes for period dramas. She now teaches fashion design at University for the Creative Arts, where she is able to combine her love of contemporary fashion design with traditional and heritage skills. She has also written Making Vintage 1950s Clothes for Women for Crowood.

Press Reviews

Have you ever watched the sewists on The Great British Sewing Bee seemingly effortlessly drape and pin fabrics on their dress forms to create stunning designs and wanted to have a go yourself? Well, this new release from Theresa Parker will talk you through draping step-by-step
to create a whole range of creative made to measure garments.

- Emily Freer, Reviewer, Pinboard

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