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Custom Dress Form & Draping 1M

In the first half of this intensive, create a dress form custom-made to your measurements. In the second half, learn the art of draping, an essential pattern making technique that uses the dress form to shape clothing patterns that hang gracefully on the body. This handson technique lets you preview a design as you work, resulting in a pattern to both suit your style and fit your body. Take home a customized dress form and one or more custom-drafted patterns. Prerequisite: Pattern Making I, Beginning Clothing Design or permission from instructor. Limit 8 students

Taylor McVay

Taylor McVay

Taylor McVay is a lifelong devotee to the craft of sewing, in practical as well as artistic forms. As a sewist and pattern maker, she has worked with both established and up-and-coming fashion designers, collaborated on wearables for internationally exhibiting artists, and created custom clothing for a range of clientele. Her sewing pattern company, Blueprints For Sewing, features designs inspired by architecture and art.

As an artist, Taylor develops interactive projects, lectures and workshops about many facets of fashion. She is a member of New Craft Artists in Action, an activist fiber arts collective, and was a co-founder of Howard Art Project (Dorchester), an art studio and gallery. 

As a teacher, she has lectured and conducted workshops at universities as well as local businesses; she currently also teaches at JP Knit & Stitch and the Franklin Mill Store. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

“I view every job as a collaboration and love to work creatively with others. I also feel that educating people on how to make, care for and understand clothing is a valuable contribution to a healthy community.”

Sewing, Fiber Arts
Materials & Tools:

Please bring to the first class:

  • 2-2.5 yards* 60” wide home decor weight fabric. Plain canvas or linen works great, fabric should be stiff but not too heavy. If you want to use a print, lighter colors and simpler prints are better. Avoid fabrics with embroidery, eyelets etc. ( *An exact estimation is not possible, as we will be customizing our pattern in class. If your bust measures less than 38” buy 2 yards. If it measures greater than 38”, buy 2.5. If you want to play it safe either way -or in case you make a mistake- buy 3 yards.)
  • 2-2.5 yards of 60” wide fusible interfacing. Please note: some interfacing is 27” wide, in which case you can double the amount.
  • A water erasable marking pen (clover brand works well, different than ‘washable markers') or Frixxon heat erasable pen.
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Seam Ripper
  • Fabric Scissors
  • A $50 materials fee for the pattern, stuffing, and other supplies is payable in class.