Jul 18, 2009

Passion for Draping

I have a passion for draping. Draping for me is like drawing because I can express what I want to design. When you drape you can visualize better the fit and you can also feel the fabric and how it moves. I used to drape a lot at my school's library. The school library has lots of beautiful fabrics that the students could use only for draping and without cutting anything. Each piece of fabric measures approximately three or four yards; your challenge was to figure out how to drape a dress using only pins and that amount of fabric.
Here I'm showing you some of the dresses I draped.

1. I draped the first one at the fashion school library and it was exhibited there for several weeks. The dress is pleated at the top and it has an asymmetrical shape. It also has a "bubble" style hem. I accessorized it just with a black belt that has a beautiful brooch on the side. Fabric: Silk taffeta 
2. The idea of the second one, was to make a feminine and sexy mini dress that would look fabulous with a pair of high heels and a cute clutch. The pictures came up a little dark...sorry about that. Fabric: Silk Chiffon
3. The last one is a cocktail dress that I draped and then sewed. It's totally wearable and I made it for myself. The straps are braided as well as the top edges of the bust area. I made the braids by hand. The bust is hand pleated too and it's totally comfortable and looks very flattering on the body. Fabric: Silk shantung.
Hope you like them 

1. Exhibited at the FIDM 

2. Mini Dress

3. Cocktail dress


  1. Gorgeous!! All three are fantastic, but I looove the color of the last one.

  2. These dresses are beautiful! You are so very talented and creative. I really like the middle one, a little too short for me, but beautiful nonetheless.

    The last one is exquisite with the pleated and braided detailing.


  3. I think all three look cute!
    You're really good at it!


  4. You are on my thank you list today!
    Have a super week ~~

    xo Laura

  5. All three dresses are fab!! You very at what you do

  6. Thank you so much everyone!!

  7. I'm absolutely in love with the first dress. Do you sell your designs?

  8. I am enamored with your pleating skill ... such lovely workmanship!


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