Raleigh, NC

Your Body Double: Draping to Fit YOU (MDA)
Teacher: Joe Vecchiarelli
Sunday, August 4, 2019
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Code(s): MDA100 Hands on Workshop
Raleigh Convention Center
Registration Full Pre-Registration Closed
Pricing Information
Session Value: 10
Price Per Session (before discount): $19.00
Materials Fee: $70.00

SUNDAY 9:00am - 5:00pm  Flat patterns are necessary, but not necessarily the best starting point for accurate fitting of your three-dimensional figure. Join expert fitter and designer Joe Vecchiarelli in this day long draping experience, as you work on your own dress form to create your personal bodice sloper -- your body double.

Begin with padding your dress form to accurately represent your own shape, in preparation for draping your first bodice on the form. Your body measurements, Joe’s demonstration and his assistance throughout the morning make this a priceless opportunity to create a dress form that truly fits you.

Once completed, your dress form will become the base upon which your bodice sloper is draped. Learn the basics of draping as you create, in fabric, what will become your pattern fitting block. Specific dress form required – see Supply List for details.


By the end of the day you will have:

  • Created your ‘body double’ on a dress form
  • Draped your basic princess-style bodice on the dress form
  • Converted the draped bodice into a flat pattern
  • Learned to compare and contrast your personal sloper with a paper pattern, and explored how to use the information for fit and design purposes
  • As time permits, you’ll learn to change princess lines to darts for both knits and wovens

You’ll take home:

  • A record of your exact body measurements
  • A collection of fitting/draping/drafting equipment, including a 2” x 18” grid ruler, industrial tracing wheel (not the wimpy home version), metal 18” Curve Vary Form ruler, soft lead Berol pencil, #17 French Curve ruler, #24 straight pins for draping; marking paper
  • Muslin for draping and bodice fitting
  • Your padded ‘body double’ for use in your own sewing studio

About "More the Day After"

Immerse yourself in an all-day workshop on the Sunday after the Expo. Share in the guidance, artistry, technical advice and inspiration your expert teacher brings to the classroom. 

PLUS...your MDA registration automatically qualifies you for a Value Package, which includes discounted pricing on your MDA class sessions AND any additional Expo class sessions, 3 free General Admission tickets and a free shopping bag!

Classroom opens at 8:30 on Sunday, instruction begins at 9:00, and your fees include a re-energizing lunch to carry you through until 5:00.

  • Student Maximum: 11 (0 seats left)
  • Category(ies): More the Day After, Fashion Fit and Construction
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Advance Prep: Classroom opens at 8:30 on Sunday, instruction begins at 9:00, and your fee includes a re-energizing lunch to carry you through until 5:00.
  • Supply List:

    Paper scissors, dressmaker shears, small scissors or snips, glass head pins, tape measure, seam gauge (6" ruler), pencil, fabric marking instrument (pen, pencil or chalk), seam ripper. 


    ALSO – each student must have a quality professional form for class. The form must be fully pin-able with collapsible shoulders, base and stand. If you have purchased a form from Joe in the past, bring your form to class. Otherwise, contact Joe to purchase your form at least 3 weeks prior to the event.


    Select from (click here for measurement chart

    • Full body form, including padding: SHOW SPECIAL: $899, plus $95 shipping (regularly $1595 plus shipping) 
    • Half body form (dressform) including padding: SHOW SPECIAL: $699, plus $95 shipping (regularly $1200 plus shipping)
    • Note: Body covers can be purchased in the classroom for $39.95, to fit the form body size.

    All forms will be shipped directly to the EXPO and will be delivered to the classroom

    To place an order:

  • Completion Level: Dress form padded and bodice pattern complete.
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