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My best friend has asked me to sew a dress for her vow renewal, and she’s wants one with a skirt exactly like the one in the picture

here’s the back:

how do I achieve drapes like that around the hips? Bear in mind that I’m a pretty novice seamstress, so please explain as simply and thoroughly as you can.

Thank you all so much!


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    Aug 4, 2013, 05.05 AMby Lunie Blue

    Maybe you could get the Drape Drape book from the library or Amazon: It seems there’s a similar pattern for the skirt in there.http://www.flickr.com/photos/japanlovelycrafts/5204106966/lightbox/ Or, take a look at other pattern making books in the library. Good luck!

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    Aug 12, 2013, 06.54 PMby lonelyacrobat

    I’m no expert, but I think the trick to most “fancy” draping is to cut your fabric on the bias. It’s also important to use an appropriate fabric. Chiffon rather than denim, or a nice jersey rather than a sweater knit…

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    Aug 15, 2013, 05.51 PMby dzynurbrian

    There are no side seams. Only CF and CB and shoulder seams. This allows the drape to continue over the hipline. The actual pattern piece shape will look almost like a giant triangle. The drape is created by pulling excess fabric in at the waist.

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    Feb 15, 2014, 11.46 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    The sections of the dress are cut as cowls . Just use your ctrl+f function to find “cowl” and you’ll find the instructions.

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