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So I had this idea that I wanted a lovely draped black jersey dress…just how complex would it be to make a more simplied version of this dress:




Do you just get fabric and start draping it round a mannequin? Once you have a shape how does it all get sewn together without losing all the pleats/drapes/ turned inside out for the seams..?

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    Mar 26, 2013, 12.02 PMby craftybarbara39


    I think this would be achievable!

    What I would advise it to get a simple one-shoulder sewing pattern and make this up first as your base. Then put this on a mannequin and add extra panels of draped fabric to this. At this stage you can then play around with the positioning and find out what drapes and looks the best on the body.

    The fabric you use will be very important as you don’t want anything too thick or it wont drape right. I would recommend a viscose jersey as this is soft and will drape beautifully for a style like this.

    I would recommend the jersey fabric under the following link and its comes in lots of colours as well as black;


    I hope this helps!

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    Mar 26, 2013, 03.02 PMby emlj

    Thats great thank you, I think I will just give it a go and see what happens! Have you used this fabric yourself? I was just wondering if it looked quite shiny..

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    Mar 26, 2013, 09.14 PMby sewingfan1

    Here’s another site that has a massive range of jersey fabrics and their descriptions on the site are pretty accurate http://www.tissufabrics.co.uk/fabric-store/

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