The touch of the filmy drapery against the human figure is its greatest charm, just as surely as the strong grip of the heavy tweeds on the rounded prominences charms the eye with its natural suitability.

Drapery Lines of the Sleeve (Plate 36).

Numerous positions of the arms have been shown in this Plate to illustrate the fall of the sleeve drapery in a variety of forms. In all cases they take the form of the arm, falling into the contour of the muscles and then dropping away from their points of contact.

The same principles will apply, but it must be remembered that the folds are subordinate to the ornament and must not cover it, otherwise the main object of Fashion Drawing would be lost. Every detail of variety must be sought out and brought to view. There are great possibilities in drapery lines, and much grace and beauty can be obtained from them.

Drapery as Applied to Figure (Plate 37).

Studies of ornamental lines for drapery have been given in this Plate.

Folds radiate like cords from points of attachment (see A in examples), and sink into cavities only to fade away into the smooth planes of the figure (see B). The thicker the material, the fewer, broader and more massive its folds will

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be. If fine, they will be soft and numerous, falling into thin pipes, the lightness of the material enabling the designer to use in bunched effects (see Plate 37) and profuse falls of drapery without causing a heavy appearance. Soft and woolly textures flow in rounded curves (see Plate 35,

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Some materials crease across the weft and cause a square

appearance in the fold. The general character of the

drapery will depend upon the kind of material used.

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