Fearless – draping

My final fearless challenge was to start draping.

So I’ve had a read of some of the chapters in this book and I thinking I’ll have to make a body double – wrapped in duct tape. The chapters on making pants or a jumpsuit were intriguing.

Version 3 of McCalls 2874, now gone to a better home.


Vogue 8503 – one of my first tries

Because pants are the bane of most sewers challenges from what I’ve experienced. It took me a good 4 months to get a pants pattern to fit correctly.

Burda 7746 worked for work

But a jumpsuit?
Jumpsuits are simply a shirt and pants in one piece, right?

So you can see deciding to conquer draping in February didn’t happen but ‘the wheels are in motion” (Sienfeld season 4, episode 17 Sienfeld to Babu).

So in the future once I’ve tried draping, the best outcome will be having a bit more knowledge to make clothes fit better because in real life, I don’t normally wear draped flowing chiffon gowns – but I’d love to.

Next up

Draping and drafting a pattern from scratch – that’s what I’ll decided to do for Fearless February. Although I’ll be starting next week on 2 of my fearless projects. I have a few project deadlines to get through this week.

My comment is there on Victoria’s blog in black and white. As Dr Phil says “What were you thinking?”

1: Drafting:
So I have lace pieces in the fabric stash that I’d like to work on and TJ from The Perfect Nose enabled me last month with this perfect starting point – Enid Gilchrist!

I could try the easy route and make this ‘beach dress’ in soft, cool eyelet fabric for our humid summer weather.

However, being Fearless February, I’ll make the day dress and use eyelet or lace fabric. I have had one attempt at drafting this dress for a 36″ bust today. Fearless. Test dress is ready to cut out.

2: Showerproof Minoru #2
I made Minoru #2 because I’ve never used PUL fabric so this was a new experience. I was being fearless.  I used Tasia’s tutorials to make  this version better than Minoru #1. I wear Minoru #1 a lot. And this piece was finished early Feb to coincide with Deb’s Sew Grateful week. Thank you for your comments throughout Sew Grateful week.

3: Draping and lace
And Victoria has been waving draping resources at us over the last few months so I’ll have to do some reading and give draping a go later in Feb. I have Draping for apparel design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong on my desk.

Maybe I can use a Jungle remnants again. Thanks again for the lovely comments about the jungle prints I made last month. I have to focus on lace because not sewing with Jungle prints is going to be a hard habit to break.
Have you seen the inaugural Annie Awards yet? A true spotted carpet event.

However I did discover winter jungle prints…in my stash.