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Fabric Drape

What is Fabric Drape?

The drape of the fabric refers to the way the fabric hangs, and it affects your garment fit and style. It’s either soft and fluid, rigid and stiff or somewhere in the middle. 

Generally, heavy fabrics (higher GSM) are stiff, while lighter fabrics (lower GSM) lean towards flowy and fluid. You may come across the odd exception to this rule, but it will apply most of the time.

Is it High, Moderate or Low?

High Drape 

This type of drape is soft and fluid with many small folds in the fabric. It hangs close to the body, hugging your curves closely. Bonus: it holds gathers very well!

Types of Fabrics: Rayon jersey knit, medium weight polyester knits, silk, cotton voile, bamboo knit

Project Recommendations: Wrap dresses, maxi skirts, flowy dresses, sweater dresses, and blouses. Try the Rae Skirt, Nikko Top & Dress, or Ebony T-shirt & Dress. 

Moderate Drape 

Moderate drape is in between flowy and crisp, making it versatile and suitable for many projects. This type of fabric will hang straight down, falling neither towards or away from the body.

Types of Fabrics: Cotton jersey knits, cotton lawn, fleece, wool blends, tencel, linen

Project Recommendations: Pajamas, A-line skirts, dresses and coats, t-shirts, dresses/skirts with pleats. Try the Scout Tee, Willow Tank & Dress, or Gallery Tunic.

Low Drape

This type of drape falls away from the body, hanging out wide with big folds. A great drape to use when you want to hide the contours of the body. For low drape fabrics, gathers will not hold very well.

Types of Fabrics: Scuba knit, canvas, denim, twill

Project Recommendations: Winter coats and jackets, circle skirts, blazers, jeans, pillow covers, bags. Try the Toaster Sweater, Lander Pant and Short, or Cordova Jacket.


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