Draping in Garments

A draped garment is a garment that is made of unstitched cloth that is held to the body by means of pins, fibulae, or clasps, sashes or belts, tying, or friction and gravity alone. Many draped garments are one-piece garments.

Drape is the way that fabric hangs. The process of draping involves sewing loosely hanging material to a garment to create a flowing look. Though it can make for a very dramatic effect when done properly, it does take skill and practice. Many designers choose to experiment with the way fabric hangs, but there are also objective ways to measure drape. This technique is commonly used in making dresses, but can also be used to make blouses, skirts, and pants.

The Process of Draping
Draping usually begins with taking the garment fabric and putting it on a dressmaker's model. The garment is generally already sewn into its core shape — for instance, a bias-cut dress would start out as a bias tube on the model. Next, the fabric is pinned where the drape is desired, which will give the final garment its shape.

Components of Draping in garments
Lot of factors are into consideration when it comes to Drapes. The type and weight of a fabric can considerably change the way it drapes on a garment, as can the shape of the garment itself. Chiffons, satins and silks are quite frequently used in Draping garments, but many other fabrics can be used as well. More rigid fabrics are often unsuitable for this effect.

Objective and Subjective Measurements
At label shanu chitlangiya,we prefer to experiment with fabrics to see how they hang, there are objective ways to test a fabric's drape. This can be done either by determining the stiffness of a fabric sample or by using a device called a drape meter to determine a drape co-efficient. This is written as a number from zero to 100. For instance, twill fabric usually has a much smaller drape co-efficient than fabrics like satin, which has a larger co-efficiency. Practically speaking, fabrics with a higher drape co-efficient usually hang in a puffier manner than those with lower co-efficients.

Draped clothes are not stitched or cut to fit, but wrapped around the body, using simple panels of cloth arranged according to the tastes and needs of the individual wearer. Drapery can be trim and practical, flowing and elegant, or anything in between. Draping in garments was the art of the elite to gracefully arrange the folds of elegant togas.

Unlike all other textile arts and crafts (embroidery, knitting, stitching, weaving, etc.), the art of draping in garments has been entirely overlooked. Draping in garments is a volatile art. It relies entirely on personal knowledge and creativity. Draping is a most ancient and widespread form of clothing, used by billions of people all over the word. Draping is fun! Draping is an accessible and rewarding creative Endeavour.

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