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CFS 018-S19-1 | Intro to Draping for Apparel Design

CFS 018-S19-1 | Intro to Draping for Apparel Design

Sat + Sun 9AM-5PM 6/15-6/16 Room: 301

Maximum Enrollment: 8 LBS

Course Description

This workshop will introduce you to the process of designing by draping fabric directly on a dress form. The objective is to learn how to take torso measurements, how to pad out a dress form to your individual shape, and how to drape fabric on the dress form to achieve 1) silhouette, 2) fit, and 3) style details. You will be able to experiment with stylistic features such as neckline, collar, and sleeves. You will learn how to translate your design onto a paper pattern with the outcome of a paper pattern that fits you. Come with an idea and possibly a sketch of what you would like to make as well as practice fabric to work with (this should be 2-3 yards of fabric for a shirt or jacket, 5 yards for a dress or coat. 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).

Please wear a close-fitting tank top to facilitate taking measurements and comfortable all-day-standing shoes.

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. She coaches interns and volunteers in design, patternmaking, and construction techniques. 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 has a collection of vintage clothing.


  • Bring a simple crewneck tee-shirt in your size
  • Dressmaker's measuring tape
  • Dressmaker's glass-head pins
  • Pair of sharp scissors
  • Sewing needles and thread
  • Seam ripper


  • Portable sewing machine and an extension cord
  • A quilter's ruler

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