Creative Pattern Cutting Draping: Short Course (Daytime)

When and Where

2 Nov 2020 - 7 Dec 2020 (21 hours, 7 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 13:30 - 16:30
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Vanda Finney
Course code

What you will learn

Draping is an alternative method of pattern cutting, offering increased creativity and a different way to understand how 2D shapes translate into 3D garments. Draping is an important part of the design process, it is an extremely useful method to widen knowledge of design, shape and proportions of a garment. A garment or a specific detail is created by working directly onto a mannequin and each term a different garment type will be taught - Autumn: the skirt, Spring: the bodice, Summer: the dress., , It is essential that you read the entry requirements carefully before enrolling on this course.,

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • To mark and prepare the mannequin for draping
  • To mark and prepare calico for draping on the mannequin
  • To understand how different grains and fabric weights can be used for draping
  • To create different silhouettes through draping on the mannequin
  • To explore alternative draping methods
  • To create a pattern from calico to paper, understanding 3d to 2d

Class format and activities

Mode of delivery: In-centre with Social distance Activities: Teaching is as a whole class, in pairs, small groups and on an individual basis. Demonstrations, discussions, examples, samples, hand-outs and other technical support materials are used where appropriate. You will complete a series of set projects appropriate to the theme of the term, using alternative draping methods, in order to become familiar with the general process of draping a silhouette onto a mannequin. Students will be actively encouraged to make notes, photo documentation as the course progresses and to work independently and learn from each other. Assessment methods: Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor setting your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment. Attendance and punctuality is crucial.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This course is intermediate level and suitable for students that have completed 2 or more terms of pattern cutting beginners or is at intermediate level pattern cutting. It is not suitable for beginners. Basic numeracy and English language speaking, listening and reading skills are essential.

What you need to know before you enrol

Students are expected to comply with physical distancing guidance.
The studio has been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment with a maximum of 7 learners.
Students are asked to wash their hands before and after using shared equipment. (Please bring a small hand towel)
You may wish to also bring gloves & hand Sanitizer.
We strongly advise that you bring and wear a face covering.
Health & Safety information will be given to you at the start of the course and subsequent lessons where necessary. You may be asked to sign a form declaring that you agree to follow college procedures as advised.
The course will be delivered in the method of In-centre with Social distance, please ensure you read the following links This is a mixed level class you need to be willing to work together with others at different levels. Working on patterns, cutting fabric and draping on a mannequin can involve standing for a length of time. Please let your tutor know if this is difficult for you. The sewing machine has a foot operated speed control. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Sear Building there is access a lift access. Please also note: there is no eating allowed in the fashion studios – bottled water is allowed. Attendance and punctuality is crucial. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. You must inform your tutor for the reasons for any lateness or absence.

What you will need for your class

• A sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, pins, needles thread(s) and tailors chalk. • Pattern Equipment: Paper scissors, tracing wheel, dressmakers carbon paper, scotch tape, Coloured pens, coloured marker pens, pencils HB/B, pencil sharpener and a rubber. • Stationary: A notebook and A4 ring binder. Also, you must provide your own calico/fabrics for the projects, 1meter of 1.5cm wide elastic, a roll of design tape, 3 meters of 5mm wide cotton tape. • Paper and card are available for use in the classroom • Calico for draping is available from your tutor at cost price £2.30 per metre medium-weight and £2.00 per metre light-weight. • You will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from the tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course.

What you can do next

If this is your first term on the course, further terms of Draping are advised as this will amount to a thorough foundation in the subject. Once you have achieved a foundation of skills you can enroll in a term long course in draping or you might want to try one of the following courses: The Bias Drape, Draping with Stretch Fabrics, Pattern Cutting Intermediate, Clothes Making Intermediate Advanced. , Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details:, ,