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DRAPING BASICS, by
SALLY M. DI MARCO

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Erika Yuille
COMPUTER-ASSISTED DRAWINGS AND DRAPING:  Katarina Kozarova

FAIRCHILD BOOKS, A DIVISION OF CONDE’ NAST PUBLICATIONS, INC.
NEW YORK, 2010



OVERVIEW OF TEXT


Draping Basics is intended for the novice student as an introduction to the basics of transforming cloth into a three-dimensional form for apparel. However, the professional designer, educator, and upper-level students can also use the information contained in the text as a source of fresh and innovative techniques of the draping process to complement existing knowledge.

The foundation of apparel draping is introduced in a step-by-step format through sequential writing, which is supported by photographs and computer-assisted drawings. The draping exercises, based on industry methods, are explained in detail. Although the text includes muslin fabric as one of the draping mediums, the draping photographs are executed using nontraditional gingham-checked fabric. The use of gingham fabric permits the student or the professional to see grainlines and style lines more easily, thereby encouraging greater accuracy.

All of the exercises have been tested by professional drapers and by the instructors and students at Baltimore City Community College’s (BCCC) Fashion Design Program. The student at BCCC have provided a fertile ground for the application, revision, and periodic updating of the methods culled during my long tenure as an educator and professional in the fashion industry.


FEATURES

Unique aspects central to the text are the following:

* Detailed step-by-step exercises through sequential writing that are supported by full-color photographs of the draping process and CAD drawings of the resulting patterns.
* General and specific chapter objectives support the sequential instructions.
* Front, back, and side views in the photographs show the three-dimensionality of the draped design.
* Gingham fabric is used to highlight grainlines clearly, thereby ensuring accuracy.
* Each lesson is clearly broken down into five accessible steps:  fabric preparation, draping process, marking the drape, trueing the drape, and blending the lines.
* Systematic approach to draping the set of foundation patterns from the simple drape of the skirt, to the bodice, and culminating with the foundation sleeve. Subsequent chapters build on these techniques to show how design variations can be achieved.
* Introduction of the foundation set-in sleeve and other styles using a combination of draping and drafting techniques.
* Numerous detailed back views of bodices, dresses, and skirts that follow or complement the front views.
* Instructions for developing the accessory parts to patterns such as facings and waistbands.
* Key terms, in bold throughout the text, are defined in a glossary, and there is an appendix listing suppliers to the trade.

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