Creative Pattern Cutting Draping: Short Course (Daytime)

When and Where

24 Feb 2020 - 30 Mar 2020 (18 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 13:30 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior 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. A garment or specific detail is created by working directly onto a mannequin. Draping is an important part of the design process, it is an extremely useful method to widen knowledge of design, shapes and proportions. A different garment type will be taught each term – 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 stand for draping
  • to mark and prepare calico for draping on the stand
  • to understand how different grains and fabric weight can be used in draping
  • to create different silhouettes through draping on the stand
  • to explore alternative draping methods
  • to create paper patterns from fabric draped on the stand, understanding 3D to 2D

Class format and activities

Initially you will complete a series of set projects appropriate to the theme of the term in order to become familiar with the general process of draping. There will be demonstrations of the draping method and teaching will be to the group and on an individual basis. You will then be able to work on a variety of projects or negotiate your own with the tutor, following the term’s theme.

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.

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 is a Intermediate Course.

•Suitable for people who have completed 2 or more terms of pattern cutting.
•Students must be able to speak, read and write in English
•Basic numeracy is an advantage though not essential

What you need to know before you enrol

• Working on a dressmaker’s stand can involve standing for periods of time although it is possible to sit if this is a problem. Please discuss this with the tutor.
• Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control.
• The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear Building and there is lift access to the first floor.
• Please also note: there is no eating or drinking allowed in the fashion studios – no liquids at all are allowed.

What you will need for your class

• a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, tape measure, dressmaker’s pins
• HB and H pencils and pencil sharpener
• pens and a notebook
• calico and other fabrics required to complete the exercises are available at cost price from your tutor
• paper and card are available for use in the studio
• you will need to purchase a sewing machine bobbin from your tutor for £1, refundable at the end of the course

What you can do next

If this is your first term of the course, further terms of Draping on the Stand are advised as this will amount to a thorough foundation in the subject. Once you have achieved a foundation of skills, we offer a wide range of further and specialist courses in garment construction and accessories.

You might want to try one of the following:
The Bias Drape
Draping Stretch Fabric
Pattern Cutting: Intermediate
Clothes Making: Beginners/Intermediate

Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: