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March 30, 2009

Draping How to Do

Filed under: Couture Techniques,Draping,Els,Tutorials — Els @ 10:38 am

Surfing around the web I found some video lessons from the Académie de Poitiers in France, that shows you how to make a basic skirt and bodice using “moulage” or in English called draping using a dress form.


You do not have to know French as a language to understand these visual learning video lessons. Just watch and enjoy.

Draping a basic skirt    (Moulage de la jupe de base)

Draping a bodice     ( Moulage du corsage de base)



  1. Merci! I watched the first one and it is very straightforward.

    Comment by Nancy k — March 30, 2009 @ 11:18 am

  2. Thanks for the link. I took a draping class, but some things I’ve forgotten.

    Comment by Sherril Miller — March 30, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

  3. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Comment by Gwen — March 30, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  4. AWESOME Els, both you and the link! Thank you, I watched quite a few of the instructional videos while devouring my coffee this morning. I don’t speak a word of French but they are all so clear and easy to follow, love them.
    Thanks again!

    Comment by Gemma — March 31, 2009 @ 5:34 am

  5. C’est magnifique. Merci mille fois.

    Comment by Sewist — April 1, 2009 @ 2:47 am

  6. Thank you so much for sharing the link. I’m a “visual” learner and these are terrific. I don’t think I would have ever found this on my own.

    Comment by Ann V — April 1, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  7. Many thanks, Els! I was thinking about taking some classes in draping at a local fashion academy and these videos are a great start.

    Comment by Annika — April 4, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  8. Merci Beaucoop!

    great lesson.

    Comment by Yvonne — April 23, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

  9. Hi,

    I’ve also found a moulage video. Take a look, it’s very good:

    The exposition PROTOTYPE at Musee mode Yverdon-les-Bains must be interestig too:

    Marcela H

    Comment by marcela — June 10, 2009 @ 9:35 am

  10. Thank you so much , but I have many quastion , thanks again …

    Comment by s1992 — August 29, 2009 @ 6:42 am

  11. Els, thank you so much, I have bought videos to help me improve my sewing, but this is my favorites. The instruction was really precise. And i don’t need to learn how to speak french to understand it. I would love to take draping class oneday. So this really helps me a lot.

    Comment by Daisy W. — March 3, 2010 @ 10:31 am

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