Draping Period Costumes
Draping a LateSeventeenth-Century Coat
Later in the seventeenth century, the coat and vest became fitted at the waist and flared out over the hips. 1. Cut or rip a piece of muslin a few inches longer than the manâ€™s shoulder to waist measurement plus his waist to below knee measurement. Use the entire width of the forty-five-inch-wide muslin. 2. Begin by draping the CF seam all the way down to the bottom of the dress form (or, in the case of a dress form with legs, drape down as far as the CF seam remains on the SOG). Drape the neckline, the shoulder seam, and the armhole seam. Drape the side seam down to the waist. Cut off the extra fabric one inch from the side seam, then cut straight across and outward on the cross grain. Clip into the side seam at the waist and allow the extra fabric to fall.
3. Rip or cut another piece of muslin the same dimensions as for the front. Draw the CB seam four to five inches in from the edge. Drape the CB seam down to the waist seam. Drape the back of the neckline, shoulder seam, and armhole seam. Drape