DCP130 - Draping

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Subject Title

Subject Description
Draping is a subject of its own and is a complementary technique to flat pattern drafting. Widely used in the apparel industry, draping allows a designer to create directly with the fabric on the dress form using shapes and styles that the rigidity of the flat pattern method cannot achieve.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Advanced Couture Sewing Recognition of Achievement or an elective credit in the Fashion Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the essential principles and techniques of draping.

2. Using muslin, drape simple garment designs on the dress form which can be translated into patterns.

3. Use the draping form to manipulate flat fabric to fit contours of the female body.

4. Design princess lines and other styles on the dress form showing fullness and flare.

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DCP110 - Garment  Construction Level I and DCP120 - Pattern Making Level I

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites are met.  If you do not have the required prerequisite subject
(or have an advanced standing for the prerequisite subject) you will be asked to withdraw with the risk of academic and/or financial penalty. 

Topic Outline

  • Introduction of draping as a complementary technique to flat pattern drafting.
  • Volume and proportion in garment design.
  • Draping to allow for the various hang appeals and fabric reactions.
  • Draping as a flexible technique which can resolve problems.
  • Draping as a channel to innovation.
  • Draping skirts and adding flare and fullness.
  • Princess line variations.
  • Cowl necklines, back and front.

Mode of Instruction
Demonstration, practical exercises

Reference Material

1.  Draping for Apparel Design, Helen Joseph-Armstrong, Fairchild Publications

Required Supplies
General pattern making equipment, plus muslin (10 -15 m).

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Basic Skirt 15%
Waist Bodice 10%
Princess Torso 10%
Collar/Lapel 10%
Bustier 10%
Cowl 15%
Final Assignment 30%
Total 100%

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for
graduation, the student has received a "D" grade. 

Approved by: Lisa Somers