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Fashion Draping: Bias Design

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Learn how to drape on the bias and bring instant elegance to your garment designs with the expert instruction of Paul Gallo.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Paul Gallo
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


What You'll Learn: A brief history of the elegant art of bias draping

* How to choose the appropriate fabric, whether slinky or structured, for your design

* The many looks and uses of the draped cowl, whether on the neck, across the back or under the arms

* How to take draped fabric on a dress form and turn it into a paper pattern piece

* Checking the accuracy and fit of your pattern pieces

* Techniques for gathering, including pleats and tucks

* The easy, yet stunning, butterfly twist and its variations

* How to make cascade ruffles and flared skirts without gathers or bulky seams

* Ways to incorporate many draped elements into a single pattern

What You'll Make

* A simple and elegant bias-cut dress or blouse of your own design

What You'll Love

* Seeing how easy and flattering bias draping can be

* Learning from Paul Gallo, a master designer with decades of draping experience

* The opportunity to get direct, personal feedback on your designs and sewing challenges

* Lifetime access to your class, on your own schedule, from any web-connected device

Lesson Breakdown

1. Draping on the Bias
Meet your instructor, Paul Gallo, and learn about the rich history of bias draping.
2. Bias Draping Basics: Fabrics
3. Draping Cowls
4. Checking the Pattern
5. Gathering Techniques
6. The Butterfly Twist
7. Cascade Ruffles
8. Creating a Flared Skirt
9. Putting It All Together

Taught by

Paul Gallo
Paul Gallo
As soon as Paul Gallo could hold a pencil, as a boy in Jersey City, he began to draw. He attended F.I.T. in New York and graduated from the Fashion Design Program where he got his first jobs on 7th Avenue. He has worked as a draper, fashion illustrator & patternmaker ever since for companies in the U.S., China and India. Paul has created a lifestyle where designing clothing, illustrating fashion and teaching constantly intermingle, because he believes it's important to pursue personal dreams and help other people with their creativity.

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