Creative Pattern Cutting Draping: Short Course (Daytime)

When and Where

8 Jun 2020 - 13 Jul 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. 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

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.
There will be demonstrations of draping methods and teaching will be to the group and on an individual one to one basis.
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. You will not achieve the desired learning outcomes if you cannot attend fully. You must inform your tutor for the reasons of any lateness or absences.

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 an intermediate course, suitable for people that have completed 2 or more terms of pattern cutting. Students must be able to speak, read and write in English, basic numeracy skills is an advantage though not essential.

What you need to know before you enrol

Working on a dress maker mannequin involves standing for a period of time, although it is possible to sit if this is a problem. Please discuss this with your tutor. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear building and there is a lift access to the first floor. Please note the eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

What you will need for your class

Fabric scissors, trimming scissors, paper scissors, a tape measure, dress maker pins, needle and threads, I meter of 1.5cm wide elastic, a roll of design tape, 3 meters of 5mm wide cotton tape, HB pencils and a pencil sharpener, a selection of marker pens. Notebook.
Also: calico and other fabrics required to complete the exercises are available at cost price form your tutor, paper and card are available to use in the studio.

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.
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