Last week I had my first lessons in contour and draping and I really enjoyed both techniques. The basics of contour are really simple and its possible to create really interesting skin tight shapes. In the morning we had to work on womenswear stands just to learn the principle and I didn't enjoy it as much as I usually do as I am a menswear designer. In the afternoon we had to find an image of a contour garment to copy onto the stand and I decided to get a menswear item
I got the shape from a menswear hoody image that I found and I think it would really work in a t-shirt.
We then moved onto draping on Friday and I was dreading this! We were told to use 1 meter of calico and just play around on the stand. It took me a little while to get into it but after a while I started to really enjoy the process and I'm really happy with the shape I created
I really like the mixture of the draped front with the structured pleated back. I was a bit dubious when I started out but I realised that draping isn't all greek goddess dresses, its just the idea of putting fabric on the body.
I hope to be able to experiment more with these techniques next week when I have to start coming up with ideas for my outfit.