The Victorian Lady
We will first look at a few techniques for draping the decorative swags. These can be used for the high bustle and Mermaid silhouettes as well. 1. Cut a square piece of muslin, using the entire width of the fabric (forty-five by forty-five inches). Fold it on the diagonal, creating a bias triangle. Pin the center of the fold to the CF waist of the dress form. Moving out to the sides, pin the fold where it reaches the side seams of the dress form. This will leave a bubble of fabric on either side of the CF.
2. Pin out the extra fabric into a dart.
3. Working back and forth, from side to side, pin folds at the side seams, creating a cowl-like effect. Keep an eye on the bottom point so it stays centered.