I think the sewing gods are trying to tell me something. First they send me the fabulous Ceil Chapman rose frock with an incredible draped neckline. And then they present me with the movie Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story. (Stay with me here.) There's a scene in which one of the extras wears a dress very similar to the green one on the pattern envelope above, which I cannot stop thinking about. That draped shelf bust is so amazing, right? I've spent way too much time looking for the above pattern (Simplicity 1848, on the wiki here), striking out, and pining for it sadly. And then it occurred to me: I'm so inspired by draped designs lately, wouldn't it be helpful for me to actually learn how to drape?
So I've been researching some options on classes. I took a flat pattern making class at FIT last year, and while it was interesting and informative, I would much prefer to take a class more geared toward the home seamstress rather than fashion students. I really don't need the stress of midterms and such in my life right now, if you know what I mean.
Now I'm not implying that I think I'll take a couple classes and then magically turn into Ceil Chapman reincarnated. But I would love to be able to add draped details (cowls, swags, and bustles, oh my!) onto existing patterns. So I'm curious how complicated draping is to learn. Have any of you taken classes or read any books that you found helpful? Please share!
In parting, a few more draped lovelies for you to feast your eyes on.
Another fab Ceil Chapman:
I adore this Tiffany blue chiffon number:
And an amazing emerald green dress with sarong styling:
Sigh! Don't you just wish you could drape up one of these gorgeous designs right now?