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It's time to sew the fabrics together so that you can remove the pins! For the edges, I basted bright, strong thread into the seam allowance, making sure every pleat at the edge of the bodice is secured in the stitching. Go around the entire circumference in this manner, with a neat basting stitch. For the seam in the center of the bodice where the pieces meet, I used clear nylon thread. I discreetly sewed the right piece of the bodice and then folded the left piece over it, then sewing the left into place. This leaves no raw edges and looks very polished.

Trim off excess fabric after you finish basting the draped fabric. Now you're ready to continue with your garment--all the raw edges in my gown woll be hidden in the skirt and the lining. Once these pieces are sewn to the bodice, you may remove the bright colored basting.

Remove the pins as you go, take your time. You'll get the feel for the fabric as you go! It takes time and patience, but it really pays off!

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    Jun 14, 2014, 06.07 AMby Empresskelloggs

    How do you hide the raw edges at the top of the bust? You said to hide it under the lining but what do you mean by that? Can you be more specific?

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    Sep 2, 2012, 05.14 AMby Nicole Johnson

    how do I make the raw edges on the finish product not-raw(Sorry I’m new at this, and not very good with terms)? by not-raw I mean making all the pluffy edges outside the seams disappear or something.

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    Feb 17, 2012, 04.14 AMby LilleLine

    Thank you for a great tutorial. I would like to try this myself. I totaly fell in love with the white “inspiration” dress, i would love to make that one, it would make me feel like a pretty little ballerina.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 03.06 PMby Smiley100

    This is such a good technique! I do love dresses with drapes and especcialy one as you show us! I hope I can do that, too!

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    Dec 15, 2011, 05.15 PMby annakonduh

    I love this dress! It’s fantastic :) May I ask how (or if) you draped the back? That might be a really silly question.

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    Jun 11, 2011, 10.11 PMby purplejb99

    Wow, this is beautiful!! I think I’m going to do this for my prom dress next year, thanks a bunch. :D

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    Jun 10, 2011, 12.04 PMby oopsitssierralu

    if only i had a dress form…does anyone know where to buy a second hand one really cheap?

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    Jun 7, 2011, 04.44 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Great instructions, I think beginner drapers will find their project easier to do after read this. Well done.

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    May 20, 2011, 07.53 PMby jessi2345

    I tried posting this a minute ago, so my apologies if it goes through twice!

    i love the color of the fabric! could you make a description or video for how you decided to finish the top edges? i’m wondering how to go about doing it so it’s smooth and clean from the front as well as from the inside.

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      May 21, 2011, 01.56 AMby joboenvogue

      That’s actually what I’m doing tonight! It’s a lot more simple than you might think, I promise. I’ll be sure to take pictures or video, but make sure to check my blog for the most recent progress!

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    May 20, 2011, 07.45 PMby jessi2345

    i love the color of the fabric! could you make a description or video for how you decided to finish the top edges? i’m wondering how to go about doing it so it’s smooth and clean from the front as well as from the inside.

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    May 4, 2011, 08.56 AMby gabyr

    Awesome! You make it seem really achievable, whereas before this I figured that draping was way out of my league. Thanks for the tutorial :)

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    May 4, 2011, 04.17 AMby davee09

    interesting…

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    Apr 30, 2011, 02.56 AMby Crystal Fashionsbycj Jordan

    LOL YES IT IS FOLLOW YOUR HEART I KNOW I DID RIGHT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I WHEN FOR FASHION .I DONT REGERT IT. THIS IS MY PASSION. I AM ON BURDA TYLE EVERY DAY LOOKING A DIFFRENT WAYS TO BEAT PEOPLE IN FASHION…… IF YOU LOVE IT THEN DO IT…..

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    Apr 30, 2011, 02.56 AMby Crystal Fashionsbycj Jordan

    LOL YES IT IS FOLLOW YOUR HEART I KNOW I DID RIGHT AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I WHEN FOR FASHION .I DONT REGERT IT. THIS IS MY PASSION. I AM ON BURDA TYLE EVERY DAY LOOKING A DIFFRENT WAYS TO BEAT PEOPLE IN FASHION…… IF YOU LOVE IT THEN DO IT…..

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    Apr 29, 2011, 12.30 AMby Crystal Fashionsbycj Jordan

    great job you should go to school for fashion design..i did and you did a great job…………

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      Apr 29, 2011, 10.27 PMby joboenvogue

      How sweet of you! As much as I love fashion, I’m actually studying mechanical engineering. Weird combination, I know!

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    Apr 26, 2011, 07.49 PMby tickledwhimsy

    Awesome tutorial! I’d love to see the finished dress, the colors and shape are so dreamy!

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    Apr 23, 2011, 04.17 PMby brushew93

    I’m gearing up to try a first time draping project and I found this extremely helpful. I like videos, but find that photos work better for me – I don’t have to keep rewinding!! I hope you will post the finished garment with more photos of the process. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 05.33 PMby aleah

    This is great. Thank you so much!! I’m a novice, and it helped… I’ve been lacking inspiration lately, but this gave me a boost. It looks so, so, SO wonderful, and very luxurious. I would also love to see the finished garment! This is exactly what I love: the color, the shape, the fabric. I’m sitting here wondering about what I can come up with, but I promise you, you’ll be my inspiration. :) Once again, thanks!

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      Apr 22, 2011, 09.56 PMby joboenvogue

      Thanks for such kind words! And I’m glad you like it—the finished dress will be done soon, this weekend…hopefully. Good luck with your future creations!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 01.48 AMby barb09

    Thank you so much for taking time to show us. :)…Computer hug ()..lol

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    Apr 17, 2011, 06.00 AMby tilshmil

    Thank you! Your advice and and tips are appreciated. Great tutorial! I have a fashion draping book, but really haven’t brought myself to try anything that I’ve learned from it. You have given me the courage to try it, thank you!!!!

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    Apr 16, 2011, 09.35 PMby shonel

    tnks im gonna try dis out soon

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    Apr 15, 2011, 08.07 PMby barb09

    You should have made a video

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      Apr 15, 2011, 08.32 PMby joboenvogue

      Thanks for your input! I realize this isn’t as in depth as it could be, but I did it as an afterthought. When I was draping, I wasn’t even thinking about making a tutorial, but I figured there were other draping newbies that might benefit from my experiences. Maybe next time I can make a video—I agree it would help a lot!

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      Apr 16, 2011, 02.57 AMby joboenvogue

      In light of your advice, I added a video to the beginning of this tutorial that I think will help a lot…please enjoy!

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