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This is from Connie Crawford’s book – The Art of Fashion Draping, 3rd Edition –

Principles of Draping for balanced patterns

  • Center front and Center back are on perfect grain
  • Bust level line is on perfect crossgrain, allowing the area below the bust level to hang straight up and down
  • The shoulder blade level is on the perfect crossgrain, allowing the area below the shoulder blade level line to hang straight up and down
  • The armholes most resemble a horseshoe shape; measurement of back armhole should be ½” more than the front
  • The front waistline is a ½” larger than back waistline distance
  • Side seams should be at the same angle, while the center front and center back are parallel.  Side seams should be the same shape and length.
  • NOTE:  Balancing a pattern ensures that the garment side seams will hang straight up and down on the body or dress form.  This also ensures that the garment is not pitching forwards or backwards.

Our “real” draping instructor at Pima (Veronica Najera) uses this book in her class; however, the Armstrong book is excellent, too, and either would be a good text to get to learn draping.  With the Armstrong book, she authors a very complete text.  It takes practice!

Happy Draping!



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