Review+Giveaway: Draping/The Complete Course

2 Oct

A few weeks ago, I came home to a mysterious (and heavy!) package waiting for me from Laurence King. “Hm, I don’t remember ordering anything from LK recently,” I said to Landon as I tore the shit out of that package.


“Oh. Oh!
(psst! click the pictures to enlarge)


Draping: The Complete Course by Karolyn Kiisel is more than just an instructional book for producing draped patterns – it is a massively intense course – complete with over a thousand color photographs and an accompanying DVD to supplement the various lessons – to guide you through the process of draping. From the necessary tools (and before you ask – yes, you need a dressform to use this book the intended way), to preparing your muslin, to draping lessons for specific patterns and fabrics, this book covers everything. Seriously, everything.


Dresses, bustiers, pants, blouses, skirts, knits, coats, gowns, bias – you name it, this book is gonna teach you how to do it, and it’s going to give you a famous pattern to rip off in the process (Glinda’s pink gown from The Wizard of Oz? Check. Something slinky and bias worn by Jean Harlow? Check. Crazy tuxedo jacket designed by Dolce & Gabbana? Check!).


While I haven’t had a chance to start the draping projects in the book yet (and believe me, I am chomping at the bit to dive headfirst into this!), I have really enjoyed just reading it cover to cover like it’s a romance novel. Each section starts off with a bit of history (which I love love love! Sorry, I’m a nerd :)), exercises with variations, and finishes with a big draping project. The included DVD offers additional hands-on support for those of us who need a little more guidance beyond pictures.

Here are a few sample videos. Ooh, I want one of those wrist pincushions.


Now here’s the fun part! Laurence King has very generously offered a second copy of the book up for giveaway! Yay! Who is gonna win and drape away with me??


If you would like to enter to win your very own copy of Draping: The Complete Course, simply leave a comment below and let me know what dream garment you’d love to learn how to drape. This giveaway is open for US RESIDENTS ONLY (sorry!! The book is just really heavy. I’ll have something that includes everyone later this month; stick around for that ;)) and I will close the comments next Wednesday, October 9th 2013 at 6:00PM CST.


If a giveaway just isn’t your bag, you can also order the book on Amazon. It’s currently almost 40% off the $75 list price.

Good luck!


285 Responses to “Review+Giveaway: Draping/The Complete Course”

  1. Tereza October 7, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    Oh wow that jacket in white looks divine! Please pick me! =P I can’t wait to see what you make!

  2. Anonymous October 7, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    That is a beast of a book! OMG! Fabulous giveaway. My dream garment to drape… le sigh. It’s a lofty one BUT I must make it. The amazeballs green dress from Atonement that Kierra Knightly wears. Actually, my friend wants me to make one in plum for my bridesmaid dress for her wedding. It has me peeing my pants in intimidation to be honest. But there are so many lovely 20s/30s dresses and the draping is holy intimidating. This book would help. Please please! I need to whip up a bridesmaids dress! ❤

    • Melanie October 7, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Oh hai. It’s too early, here’s my info. Derp.

  3. chierica October 7, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Oh how exciting! Long time reader of your blog, but first time poster.

    So many dream garments are on my list, but I would eventually love to learn to drape Rita Hayworth’s entire wardrobe in Gilda. What a collection by the talented Jean Louis!

    Best of luck on your new adventure!

  4. sewingishappinessSueann walter October 7, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Looks like a very nice book on draping, very helpful. I am currently working on my flat pattern drafting skills, but love draping for things that I am nor sure how the flat pattern pieces will look. Drop my name in the hat please and congrats on the new jobs!

  5. Julia October 7, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    WOW! What a resource! This book is amazing, and I don’t think there’s a single thing in there I wouldn’t love to know how to make. I’ll confess though, my imagination seems to believe that my 5’3″ curvy self looks like Rita Hayworth in my head… so just to feed the imagination, I would have to make something to appease my inner peanut gallery.

  6. Aimee October 7, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Looks like a great resource!! I would love to make one of those lovely uniforms the Singapore Airline flight attendants wear.

  7. BeckyMc October 7, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Oohhh, please enter me for the book! I want to learn to drape the perfect sheath dress. When I have that, the possibilities for creativity are endless.

  8. Caroline October 7, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    darn I want this book! I would drape the perfect, wear anywhere, dress with it.

  9. Carol S October 7, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I’d love to drape the perfect shift dress.
    Please enter me in the contest

  10. Rose October 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Please enter me in the drawing. The book already is on my Christmas Wishlist so you know I want it!

  11. Show and Tell Meg October 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I would love to use draping to recreate some dresses from the 30s and 40s Hollywood era 🙂 Or even just to make my own designs! Such a neat looking course!

  12. Julia October 7, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I would love to drape a winter-style slim fit wedding gown.

  13. Patty at the Tootlelumma Life October 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    As much as I love collecting patterns, I would love to learn to create my own. And draping would be the perfect starting point!

  14. Anonymous October 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Ooh ooh ooh!!! *raises hand* Pick me pick me!! Now that I finally have a dress form I’d reeeeeeeally like to learn proper draping techniques. I absolutely love jersey fabric and draping would be a perfect technique for it 🙂
    Obviously my goal would be to make Glinda’s dress for next Halloween!!
    Only problem is that I live in Canada, but we’re practically the same right? Right?! 😉
    If I win this I promise to pay the difference in shipping!! 😀

    • Jenn October 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

      Oopsies I forgot to fill in my name and email, hah! I guess I was just too excited and forgot 😉

  15. AmyLou October 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Pick me, pick me! I just finally got a dressform, and I’d love to learn the techniques and experiment with draping. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. daisyesq October 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    My dream garment to drape would be a Vionnet style gown. The book sounds fantastic!

  17. junips October 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Hey Lauren,

    You’re a funny gal. I love yer blog. Hope i win this thing so i can make my own little audrey dress. Best wishes!

  18. Trinity October 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Wow! I so want to learn how to drape so I can design my own flowing, mermaid inspired, sea-foam green prom dress!

  19. V October 7, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    My dream drape is a wedding gown. The hubs and I are planning on renewing our vows in August, so I have to make myself something fabulous between now and then!

  20. jennyandthepedestrians October 8, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I’d love to learn how to drape dresses and blouses. This book looks like it would be chock full of inspiration!

  21. ellelittle October 8, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I need that D&G jacket! I can totally see myself wearing Reese’s yellow brocade dress. Love it!

  22. Mandy Smith October 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Oooh, would love a copy of this! Would love to learn how to drape!! This would also give me an excuse to get a dress form.

  23. Ren October 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I really want to recreate a dress from the original Hairspray movie. I loves 60s style!

  24. orangecloudhandmade October 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Sweet! I’d want to learn how to drape things that have interesting 3D or textual elements, since drafting those on paper blow my mind.

  25. missjoiedevivre October 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I was so excited when I realised I’d got to this post 20 minutes before it closed (if ive converted the time zones right) and then realised it was for the US only. Wah wah. Man, you’d think if LK was going to use your fame to sell their books the least they could do is spring for shipping! Anyway, good luck to the rest of you 🙂

  26. Mary October 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Holy cow! I’d love to win this!

    • Mary October 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      Totally forget to tell ya! Definitely want to learn to drape the french dart! 🙂

  27. melodymcfarland October 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    My waist is high and small, my tits sort of large-ish and I’m sick and tired of shit not fitting. I’d drape a simple dress. Leopard print, for sure. Ill crap my pants if I win.


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