7. Draping my Dress Form.

In these pictures I show all three drapes from different angles and what Gillian (my dress forms name) looks like in the buff with the guidelines.

I’ve done three drapping classes so far and I have learned so much. I’m already bitting at the bit, to design a little black dress. Using jersy fabric, bias cut for bodice, cap sleeves and cowl neck line. but first I must do the sleeve class.

  1. Bodice Sloper
  2. Fitted Torso Sloper
  3. Side Bust Dart with Back Neck Dart sloper

When I did my first sloper I found I made it a bit tight and had to relax up a bit. Then I learned to work the darts so that I wasn’t pulling the drape ascue. Exact measurements are very important, so don’t be to hard on yourself, and as you can see my third drape is the best so far. I have many more drapes to do so I’m going to get real good at this.

I had a completely different mental picture in my mind before these classes, and I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to apply all that I’ve learned from these classes to make a dress. Now the question is which design to use? I think maybe a simple shift dress with a cowl neck line and cap sleeves.

Have you’ve designed anything lately?

Check out University of fashion, in fact I have to spend some time tomorrow going through my emails from them, you can find them on FB and Instagram.


6. A Dress Form named Gillian.

Yes! my dress form was named by my little man. As soon as I brought it into the house he was dressing it and had given her a name (Gillian).  This is my first big expence outside of my sewing and serging machines. Gillian is a Signature Styles and I’m so pleased with her, because it gets a bit difficult to fit a dress to one-self sometimes.

I’ve made a dress form sock for her so I could apply style tape to establish guide lines for my draping classes through The University of Fashion, an online course for all things concerning fashion: from draping, fashion drawing, sewing, to running a buisness and so much more.

The guide lines I’ve made are: across the cust points to the side seam, side seam, waist, hip, shoulder and shoulder blade. These marking enable me to drape accuratly.

More pictures soon to arrive via my son!
Do other people love playing in your sewing room?

I’ll add new pictures as my son plays dress up with Gillian.

2. My Mother sewing book passed down to me.


A couple of years ago, while visiting my parents in Ottawa. My mother pulled this book out of storage and gave it to me. She used this book in her early married life to teach herself how to sew. Now she passes it on to me, so that I may benefit from these pages as well.

In the following blogs I’m going to dip into this book and will apply all that I can learn, and we’ll see how I get on.

First, I’ll tell you who wrote and published this book: How to Design your own Dress Patterns, by Adele P. Margolis, first published 1959-Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York.

Now a little about me; I have been sewing on and off for many years now and decided to take my love for sewing a step further. In my late 20s I started taking night classes through my local College: Chinook College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. There I improved my skills as a seamstress, furthering my knowledge of sewing with the help of many great and experienced ladies. Through these instructors I learned: to manipulate patterns, create a dress form, all things about fibers and fabrics, soft tailoring, fitting pants properly, interfacing and sew, sewing and more sewing. I took a short break from schooling to raise my two boys but now that they are older. I decided to find a school that would take me to the next step and that was how to draft a pattern from scratch. I’m now enrolled in an online University through the USA called (University of Fashion). I’m now learning to drape and transfer these measurements to paper-oaktag. From this I will then learn to create my own fashion designs. Well this is enough about me, its time to sew.

Question: Do you have a favorite book that has been passed down to you?