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February 8, 2009

Draping. Art and Craftsmanship in Fashion Design

Draping. Art and Craftsmanship in Fashion Design (English)















Moulage. Kunst en Vakmanschap in Modevormgeving (Dutch)


Author: Annette Duburg, Rixt van der Tol

Publisher:  d’JongeHond

ISBN number for the English book:   978-90-89100-87-0

ISBN number for the Dutch book:  978-90-89100-86-3

Type of binding: Paperback

Number of pages: 248 page with 1000 illustrations

Weight:  869 gramme

Price: Euro € 39,95


Take a look inside this book at:

Christian Dior 1952 Moulage

Christian Dior 1952 Moulage

This is THE most fantastic and thorough reference book about moulage and draping.  It is a new book published November 2008 and I bought this book in December 2008 .  I bought of course the Dutch version called Moulage Kunst en Vakmanschap in Modevormgeving.

But it is also translated into English as Draping  Art and Craftsmanship in Fashion Design.  This book is like having a private teacher on hand in moulage and draping technique.  It is chock full of very clear pictures and diagrams which will guide you through each step. It covers the history but also the present and will teach you how to make 3 dimensional patterns by using a dress form.

There are 1000 pictures which help you to achieve to moulage/draping patterns. It not only teaches you how to make a bodice, skirt, dress, jacket , coat and pants etc but also variations on those garments.

Additionally, the book shows you how to make a moulage pattern which mimics some famous designer outfits; on page 160-243 it covers 12 famous designer outfits and what to do to get a similar look.  The 12 designers outfits examples are from Charles Frederick Worth, Cristoff von Drecoll, Madeleine Vionnet, Madame Grès, Christian Dior ( 2), André Courèges, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Yohji Yamamoto .

This book is a must have for anyone who wants to know and learn more about  moulage.  I have several moulage/draping books both in Dutch as well as in English  but this is the most comprehensive and I can without question recommend this book to you as a valuable addition to your sewing library.

pleated skirt

pleated skirt


pictures source publisher DeJongeHond

I searched for a link where you can order this book in English and found a Belgium website where you can order this book. For international orders you can sent an email to inquire, click at the button “Enquiry” at the top of the above link.

Barbara added the  index for the English book see comment 21 below.



I contacted the publisher for some more information about translation on their website for this book in English and also for ordering this book.

You can order this book in English or Dutch via the  publisher  see below

email sent to 

For ordering they need the following information:

-the book title,

-how many books,

-your name and address,

– if your credit card has a different address please share this information too 

De Jonge Hond publisher can ship this book to you for € 10,00 to Europe and € 20,00 for outside Europe destinations.

 Or you can order this book from the US from center for pattern design  




  1. […] Fonte The Sewing Divas […]

    Pingback by Il Cucito Diva Biblioteca | moda e fashion — February 8, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  2. Looks like a beautiful book. Thanks for the review.

    Comment by Blogreader — February 8, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  3. Thanks for the post. Ordering the book now.

    Comment by MissMasala5 — February 8, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  4. Rats! I can’t seem to find it in the US. Any info on a US release?

    Comment by MissMasala5 — February 8, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

  5. This English book can be ordered from a Belgium website see

    For international inquiries click at the button “Enquiry: at the top of the above link.

    Comment by Els — February 8, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

  6. Excellent review! Makes me want to buy the book asap even if I have no idea wether I’ll try the techniques described ;o) Thanks too for making me discover these amazing online libraries!!!

    Comment by Berry — February 8, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

  7. Thank you for this review, it looks fantastic.

    Comment by Birgitte — February 8, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

  8. I will look for this the next time I am at the FIT bookstore in NYC, which is a good source for books like this.

    Comment by LindsayT — February 8, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

  9. Lovely review of what is certainly a fabulous book, Els. Thanks for telling us about it.

    Comment by Mary Beth — February 8, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

  10. Els, thank you for providing the ordering info link 🙂

    Comment by MissMasala5 — February 9, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  11. wow, dat is een geweldig boek. Dank je wel voor deze info.

    Comment by Sigrid — February 9, 2009 @ 11:23 am

  12. Thank you Els – this book looks really inspiring and I’m hoping I can get a copy from the Belgian website. More reviews please!

    Comment by ClaudieM — February 9, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

  13. Thanks for this info Els. I contacted the Customer Svcs and they responded the next day (today). We are now working on the best (cheapest) way of shipping this to me, hope to have it here soon.

    Comment by Gemma — February 10, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  14. Hi Els:
    You are the best resource… ordered the book and was sent a Proforma invoice. Any idea how I pay it???

    Comment by Susannah — February 10, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  15. Susannah – a proforma inovice is basically a purchase order. Contact the publisher and they will tell you how they want you to remit your payment. Phyllis

    Comment by Phyllisc — February 11, 2009 @ 9:20 am

  16. Susannah, you could just send your cc information along with the expiry date and your Proforma Invoice #.
    That’s what I did last night, no names or address and I deleted the other contents of the mail.
    I just received a mail thanking me for my payment and my book is in the mail tomorrow.

    Comment by Gemma — February 12, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  17. Forgot to add: on the Invoice are payment options, the one option not included was Paypal.

    Comment by Gemma — February 12, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  18. The book is glorious; it’s going to be mine soon. Maybe even sooner than that!

    Comment by La BellaDonna — March 5, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  19. Thank you Els:
    The book is extraordinary! A piece of advice for anyone about to crack the spine… Do everything that you need to do first. On the day I received my copy: no one was fed, nothing was cleaned and clients were neglected. Yes, this book is that absorbing. Looking forward to more book reviews from the Divas and so incidentally is Visa…

    Comment by Susannah — March 18, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

  20. can someone do a review on this book.perhaps an index description would be planning to get it but i dont want to buy something for its fancy cover and glossy images.these books dont come cheap.does it really explain the process of draping in detail?…as in is it a step by step (literally spoon feeding) process via the pictures or does it omit certain steps here and there?i bought a draping book by helen joseph armstrong and found it to be quite basic.moreover she used sketches and they just dont work as well as photographs.a lot of guesswork/luck is involved and the limited variations the book describes are made assuming youve mastered your basic draping skills.i would love to learn how to design clothes directly on the stand instead of flat pattern cutting them

    Comment by rito — May 14, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    • hi rito, yes this book literally spoon feeds you through the process so no basic skills are required it’s that simple !!!


      Comment by barbara — June 12, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

      • Thanks Barbara.

        Comment by Els — June 12, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

  21. index

    1. history of draping

    2. current designer’s and their story

    3. preparation before draping includes dressform fabric materials working space taking measurements, style lines how to make a arm for a dressform with or without shoulder!!

    4. skirts and their variations

    5. the bodice and variations

    6. dresses and variations

    7. sleeves and variations

    8. collars and ” ”

    9.coats and blazers

    10. pants and ” ”

    11. artistic draping

    12. famous fashion designer like christian dior yves saint laurent and their designs step by step so you can put everything you’ve learned from this book to the test.

    13. dictionary etc etc ..

    truly a magnificent book you won’t regret it


    Comment by barbara — June 14, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    • Thanks Barbare for adding the index of the English book.

      Comment by Els — June 14, 2009 @ 4:50 pm

  22. I can not get this book, and i really want it . 😦
    I contacted two website, and neither responded to my Enquiry.
    Any help?

    Comment by Amad — August 20, 2009 @ 1:46 am

    • Amad, this book is out of stock and in reprint.see your mailbox for some information

      Comment by Els — August 20, 2009 @ 5:33 am

  23. I also really want this book, can you also contact me and let me know how to order one please?

    Comment by stella — August 21, 2009 @ 2:53 am

  24. Stella,

    I found out from the publisher that this book is now out of stock and in reprint, so they are waiting for a new stock.

    You can try to pre order this book from Center of pattern Design;jsessionid=AB08EAD522E6707A621804B5B5C9F8CE.qscstrfrnt01?categoryId=2

    Or you could order the book via

    Or try this Dutch website,

    I have no idea if they ship outside The Netherlands but you can sent them a mail with your request

    Another Dutch website

    Shipping costs see

    Good luck.

    Comment by Els — August 21, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  25. Hello i was wondering if you can help me i order the Draping book from and i resive and invoce saying thanks for my order but how do i payfor it….. Please help i need this book

    reply by Els:Yonis Santana, see the comments 14, 15, 16 and 17 which explains how to pay for this book. You can also contact CUSTOMERS SERVICE
    Tel.: (+32) 016. 296900
    Fax: (+32) 016. 296129

    Comment by Yonis Santana — August 30, 2009 @ 1:33 pm


    Comment by Amad — September 12, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

    • Amad,

      You’re welcome.

      Yes the book shows how to do a moulage for the Dior dress as seen above including the padding for the hips . The moulage for that dress contains 27 step by step pictures and text.
      Enjoy your book.

      Comment by Els — September 13, 2009 @ 9:06 am

  27. I contacted the Belgium bookseller for additional payment details and I received the fpllowing response:”

    As soon as we receive your order we will send you a ‘proforma’ invoice, a payment request with the correct amount and references. The easiest way to pay is per credit card (amex, visa,…). After we have received your payment your order will be shipped. For any enquiries please contact

    Comment by Els — September 14, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  28. Hello!
    I really want this book, but I was informed that this first edition sold out, I’ll have to wait for the second edition.
    I found it on e-bay, but this absurdly expensive!
    Thanks for sharing the information on the existence of this book.

    Comment by christianportfolio — December 30, 2009 @ 10:03 am

    • Cristian, you can order the book from the publisher
      email sent to

      For ordering they need the following information:

      -the book title,

      -how many books,

      -your name and address,

      – if your credit card has a different address please share this information too

      De Jonge Hond publisher can ship this book to you for € 10,00 to Europe and € 20,00 for outside Europe destinations.

      Comment by Els — December 30, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  29. it seems to be available through amazon too (if you live in the uk this would probably be cheaper)

    Comment by eef — December 30, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  30. Thanks for the gorgeous reply on my blog.

    Very nice your work too!

    Excuse my bad English…

    Chris, from Brazil.

    Comment by christianportfolio — January 12, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

  31. I have just ordered this book through amazon and I can’t wait. I have been looking and looking and looking for a draping book. I have the Kenneth cole moulage cd on how to make a moulage for any body, but I was lacking information on what the next step was, i.e draping on the form created with the moulage. I am hoping this will bridge that gap that I have and have been wanting to bridge for so, so long. I have been sewing since I was a child, so I don’t lack sewing skills. As some one mentioned I will keep my house spotless, laundry done, etc so that when the book comes, I will have no backlog of housework to be done!!!! If I think this book will do what I think it will do, well… I can’t wait!!!!!
    I find that a lot of books out there, teach you how to sew, how to make a moulage, how to make patterns, but they all seem to be so disjointed, not giving you a full course on taking you from a, to b, to c. You have to figure it out all for yourself. I live too far to be able to do any courses, so I’m basically self taught. It would be nice for someone to create a list of resources (maybe from some professional that is not affiliated to any of the resources) to take home sewers from one level to the next (even if there are several books for the same level), some structure for people to follow? Just an idea for someone out there with the knowledge and know how on putting something together.
    I seriously can’t wait now!

    Comment by Monica — April 5, 2010 @ 6:55 am

  32. i have a technical question. when we prepare the toile for the fitted dress (pg 80-81) how do we measure and mark the hip height on the flat cloth. do we measure from the neck point to the bustpoint straight down to the hip line? if i take in the tape slightly below the bustpoint due to the underbust curvature and then follow the natural curve of the abdomen and hips in the front my hip height will increase obviously.which is the correct way to measure? or should i hold the tape against the side seam of the dummy and measure from bust level to hip line? each time i get a different reading. although its like one fourth inch here and there,i would like to know the exact way to do it.please, if anyone has done the dress on the stand?

    Comment by rito — April 27, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  33. I presume that you are making this toile on a dress model. Did you do all the measurements and pinned the tapes at the permanent help-line tapes on the dress model?
    Measure the length at the center back from the bw line towards the hh line and mark that line on the toile.

    Those lines on the toile are guidelines because they need to correspond with the permanent help-lines lines on the dress model.

    If you are measuring the HH from the BW line on the side seam in a straight line there will be a shortage due to the inward curve from the bust line to the waist and the outward curve from the waist to the hip line.

    If your marked line at the HH on the toile is set higher or lower than the taped help-lines on the dress model you can adjust the line (by marking the new line at an equal distance) the HH line on the toile must correspond with the horizontal lines already marked on the dress model

    If you never drafted a pattern before then I would suggest start with a simple garment first, like the straight skirt see page 40 to get some practise with moulage technique.
    Just like in pattern drafting skills, a skirt is the first garment you learn.

    Good luck.

    Comment by Els — April 28, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    • thanks so much Els!

      Comment by rito — April 28, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  34. Christian Dior is really a fashion genius, i like how he designs clothes and other stuffs”;`

    Comment by Catnip Cat : — October 27, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

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