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Tutorial: Draping patterns by Animus-Panthera Tutorial: Draping patterns by Animus-Panthera
A couple of people have asked me how to drape patterns, so here you go.

This tutorial is intended for advanced sewers- if you don't have a good basic knowledge of sewing and of using patterns, you will probably not be able to do this!

I also suggest you buy a book on flat patterning- in many ways, flat patterning is considerably harder than draping, but there are lots of good books that demonstrate the basic shapes of common garment pieces. They can be pricey, but well worth it!

If you don't have a dress form! There are two relatively cheap ways to make one-->

-The very cheap way- have someone tape cast your torso with duct tape (basically, wrap yourself in plastic wrap, then cover it with tape. Cut it off, then stuff it with newspaper or some other stuffing and tape off the openings.) There's some good tutorials for this here and here.

-The less cheap way- this way will last a bit longer and work a bit better, but is more expensive than duct tape (still cheaper than a dress form, though). Buy one of those tight-fitting sports shirts, sew patches over the openings, and stuff. Make sure that the measurements when stuffed match your measurements! This may require fitting the shirt more with darts or extra seams, and stuffing it quite a lot.

Please let me know if there's anything I can clarify!

[EDIT: Someone asked that I also cover flat-patterning sleeves, so here you go: sleeves! This is a very basic sleeve pattern, but for most things, it'll work just fine.]

Also look, stuff patterned with this tutorial! -->
[link] by *freltana
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eternal-song Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
ah yes, now i see what i did wrong last time. thanks.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad I could help!
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I don't have a dress form but could I do something similar with a model and very careful use of pins? =P
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can, I've seen it done! Just be VERY careful, it sucks getting stabbed with pins. It's a lot like fitting a garment, actually. If you look at the artists' comments, I also have a few suggestions for making a cheap dress form, if you can't find a willing volunteer.
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DiachiKichouhin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
thanks for this tutorial. i've wanted to try drape patterning but i've never been sure how to do it.
:sprint: to the store to buy more muslin.
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:iconanimus-panthera:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure. ^_^ I'm always happy to help! Good luck!
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cloebird123414 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is a VERY good tutorial =) very good work
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug:
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
I don't think I'm good enough for this, but marking it for future ref!
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:iconanimus-panthera:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Even if you're not now, you will be someday!
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:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
:giggle: Here's hoping. Though I'm still thinking I need to just swap jewelry for costume elements!
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:iconanimus-panthera:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That might work, I guess!
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Sixwing Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, thank you! I look forward to actually draping a pattern in the future - looks like this will save me some cycles of flat patterning/tailoring/argh/repeat.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure. And I'm glad to hear it- I hope whatever you make turns out great!
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you for posting this! Its a really easily understandable tutorial, and i look forward to trying it out sometime soon (hopefully!).
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure! I hope you make something awesome. You should let me see it when you're done!
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
It'll be quite a few months until I get anything finished, sadly, since I'm without a sewing machine until the end of December. ;-; If I use your tutorial then, I'll let you know, for sure :D
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, that sucks. T_T Well anyways, thanks!
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can't sew cloths but watching the designers on project runway pin fabric to dress forms and suddenly have this garment certainly made me wonder what they were up to - and how on earth it was supposed to work and thanks to this I see how they did it :)

Thanks :)
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah ha, yeah! I actually watch Project Runway while I drape and sew sometimes... Heh! I learned to drape about a year and a half ago from a costumer I know, except she was considerably less helpful. (She basically just said, "here you go, a dress form! Have at" and left me to my own devices. She did answer a few questions when I got stuck, though, so I guess there's that.) It's slightly possible that the designers on that show are also just making the garments on the forms (basically the same process, except you skip the pattern part and just cut the pieces from the form- risky business, that), but I'm not sure.
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That sounds like a difficult way to learn something *that* comp0licated.
Wouldn't catch me doing that.. ever lol
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, I've been sewing for 10 years and working with her in the shop for over a year- I'm sure she wouldn't have done that unless she knew I could handle it (especially considering I've seen her actually teach other people).
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Magical525 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahh yeah that would do it :)
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Brodys-Babe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student General Artist
By chance will you be making a Tutorial on sleeves? or have a good resource on making them?
I can pattern them to save my Life! <3
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There are some good books on flat patterning that have the shapes for all kinds of sleeves, but basically a sleeve is a bell curve. I can do a little quickie something on sleeves (not tonight, but maybe this weekend), but I am no expert on the subject of sleeve patterning, so I don't know how much help I'll be... :blush:
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Brodys-Babe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student General Artist
OH! Thank you! <3

*waits*
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
-->[link] There you go! I hope that makes sense.
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Brodys-Babe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! <3 that helps a lot.
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:iconanimus-panthera:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! Glad I could help. =D
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Nice and clear! Great work.
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:iconanimus-panthera:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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HeyThereISeeYou Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for this!! <3
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:iconanimus-panthera:
Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure~ I hope it helps!
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HeyThereISeeYou Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no doubt it will!
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^_^
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