When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Lynda Kinne
  • Course Code W23FASB02C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Draping is a creative way of pattern cutting that starts with modelling cloth directly on the stand. It nurtures 3D thinking and is a different entry point into making patterns for those looking at a more responsive approach, or those who prefer an alternative to traditional paper based cutting methods. Draping is an important part of the design process and it is a useful method to widen your knowledge of design, shapes and proportions. A different theme will be taught each term. Each term exists as a separate course and can be taken as such or you may wish to enrol more than once to build your knowledge and skills to a more advanced level. Autumn Term skirts, Spring term tops and just in time for Summer term dresses.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this 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 dress silhouettes through draping on the stand
  • to create paper patterns from fabric draped on the stand, understanding 3D to 2D


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Activities: Teaching is both as a whole class and on an individual one to one basis, using, demonstrations, videos, examples, samples, handouts and any other support materials where appropriate. Assessment methods: Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the above learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals, i.e. progression to an advanced level course. 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.

    Entry requirements

    This is a Beginners Course• Students must be able to speak, read and write in English • Basic numeracy is an advantage.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Working on patterns and cutting out fabric can involve standing at high tables for a period of time. 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 let the tutor know if this would be difficult for you. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Seear building and there is lift access to the first floor. Please note that eating is not allowed in the fashion studios - you are allowed to have bottled water.

    What you need

    • paper scissors • a basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, dressmaker’s pins, tape measure, tracing wheel • Pattern notcher • Design tape • pens and a notebook • Magic tape or masking tape • Marker pens in assorted colours • HB and H pencils and pencil sharpener or mechanical pencil • A4 ring binder file • some pattern cutting tools are provided for use in the studio • paper and card are available for use in the classroom • calico for toiling is available at cost price from your tutor • 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

    Continue to build your skills by enrolling again or on one of our many other Beginners level courses to continue building your portfolio of sewing skills! These include our term long Pattern Cutting Beginners, Clothes Making Beginners and a variety of short weekend courses and taster session. Want to go further? We offer full BA (Hons) or Access to Fashion Diploma courses which can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details visit: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk