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CFS 018-S18-1 | Introduction to Draping for Apparel Design

CFS 018-S18-1 | Introduction to Draping for Apparel Design

Sat + Sun, 6/16-6/17, 9AM-5PM, Room 301

Maximum Enrollment: 8 LBS

Course Description

You will create a design, shaping to fit by manipulating the fabric directly on a dress form. You will prepare by building up the dress form with batting so that it matches your individual measurements. You will be able to experiment with stylistic features such as neckline, collar, and sleeves. Once you have developed your design, you will make a paper pattern. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with their patterns, taking inspiration from the work of Tomoko Nakamichi, author of the Pattern Magic books.

TUITION: $260 + FEES: $20
CEUs: 1.6

Susan Thomas is Costume Shop Manager at Portland Stage, where she has recently designed costumes for The Snow Queen, The Santaland Diaries, and A Christmas Carol. Susan has worked in the costume shops of a variety of regional theaters including Shakespeare & Company, The Theater at Monmouth, the Theatre department at University of Southern Maine, and Port Opera. She holds a BA in Theater from Smith College. Cheslye Ventimiglia has a dressmaking studio in Portland and specializes in the reconstruction of vintage clothing and costume design. She volunteers in the costume shop at Portland Stage and has taught sewing and pattern making at MECA since 2000 with an emphasis on quality garment construction. She holds a MS in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School and a BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College.


  • Come with an idea of what you would like to make and 2-3 yards of fabric. The fabric you choose to drape with should be woven, not knit, and of similar weight as the fabric that you will eventually use to construct your garment. You can choose to use muslin, which is inexpensive.
  • Bring a tee-shirt in your size
  • dressmaker‰'s measuring tape
  • dressmaker's glass-head pins
  • a pair of sharp scissors
  • sewing needles and thread
  • a seam ripper
  • Optional: a portable sewing machine and an extension cord, a quilter's ruler

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