I overheard Mr. C tell my friend Erin the other day “You don’t control the fabric, the fabric controls you.” I thought it was the single best bit of draping wisdom I’ve heard yet. Thinking that way has started to make draping feel less difficult (note that I did not say easy.) You gently guide the muslin into the shape you’re looking for, taking into full account what the muslin naturally wants to do, which results in the fabric flowing and hanging gracefully. More to come on this thought – not nearly enough experience to really expound yet.
With auto caps and a “smart” computer, writing muslin over and over has resulted in some pretty funny typos – for instance, I just typed “you gently guide the Muslim into the shape you’re looking for.” Hmmm.