Draping a Knit Dress with a Twist

May 18, 2017   /   byPeter Lappin  / Categories :  Feeds

For my final project in Draping IV at FIT, due this coming Saturday, I have to design both a dress and a jacket.

Our professor didn't put any further restrictions on us, which made the assignment harder: we could make almost anything in any fabric.  Since we'd worked with knits quite a bit this semester, I decided to make a knit dress, not something I have much experience with as most of the knit projects I've undertaken have yielded meh results.  I wanted to try a dress with a twist, inspired by the image above, from Helen Joseph-Armstrong's popular book, Draping For Apparel Design.

I had found a colorful knit jersey print recently in the remainder bin at Fabrics For Less recently, just 99 cents a yard.  There was more than enough of it to make a dress.

First I tried the twist in muslin.  I liked the result!

Then I tried it with my knit.  I suppose a solid would have showcased the twist a bit more, but I love the colors in this fabric -- something of a 1940's palette, imo.

I draped a flared skirt to go with the top and connected them with a waistband, which is lined in gray cotton jersey for extra strength.

Back neck and armholes are piped.

I really like the dress, even though it's simple and -- let's face it -- something I copied out of a textbook.  Sometimes you feel inspired and sometimes you don't.

For my jacket, I wanted to drape from scratch and, for the first time, used the Size 6 half-scale dress form I picked up second-hand last year.  I draped with a gray cotton jersey remnant.  The jacket is similar to a shrug. 

My final jacket will be a bit different, but I had great fun draping on the half-scale form and I used very little fabric in the process.

And that's it!  I'll show you the finished garments together after Saturday's final class.

Anybody drape using a half-scale form?

Have a great day, everybody!

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