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« on: May 24, 2008 10:43:12 PM »

how do you achieve this look.. or this so called "draping"? haha
its B2716

i love it becasue it inspired by Belle, but i could never figure out how to mkae a dress quite as gorgeous as this.
can someone help me with this draping effect or the dress as a whole?

thank you  Grin
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2008 10:08:26 AM »

You wait for a Butterick pattern sale (there should be one somewhere this weekend) and you buy this pattern: 
 Smiley  Smiley

Oh, I just noticed that Hancock Fabrics has Butterick patterns on for 88 cents tomorrow.   Smiley
« Last Edit: May 25, 2008 10:14:59 AM by threegirlsandaboy » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2008 10:56:35 AM »

The draping effect is quite simple, once you think about it.  I've done something similar with a thrift store skirt (results were not nearly so elegant, but that's what I get for being lazy.)

For this type of dress, you need:

1) a skirt that is MUCH longer than the desired finished length.  To get all those pretty creases you will need a fairly stiff fabric; anything soft will droop and give a very different draped look.
2) an underskirt/lining that is sturdy enough to bear a lot of fabric weight
3) something to hang your dress/skirt on while you play with it

For the draping, just pinch a section of the skirt and lift it up until the fabric above is loose enough to "puff" over.  Pin your section to the underskirt and arrange the puff over it.  You'll get different effects if you pull the section straight up or over to the side.

Work from the top down.  You don't actually need very many pinched sections for a complex look if your fabric is stiff enough and you pull sections close enough together for the folds to overlap.  Play around with it until you think it looks pretty, then replace all your pins with stitches to hold more permanently.
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