When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Vivienne Fuller
  • Course Code W21FASB04A

What you will learn

If you want to learn how to drape fabric on the bias, this short taster course will provide the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to create glamorous and flattering styles . You will learn to use a dressmaker’s stand/mannequin for this specialized process and to work with challenging fabrics. You will also learn how bias affects the shape of a garment and to understand how to achieve a proper fit. By the end of the course, you will have learned to use bias to create a fitted garment on the stand. Experience of draping, pattern cutting or using commercial patterns is useful.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • to understand how the use of bias in clothes making has influenced fashion
  • to use the bias grain of the fabric to create designs on the stand
  • to make a pattern from a draped design
  • to assess the advantages and problems related to working with bias-cut fabrics


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching will be to the group and on an individual, one-to-one basis using lecture, demonstration, discussion, examples and samples, handouts, focusing on the visual and technical aspects.

    Entry requirements

    To benefit from the course experience of draping, pattern cutting or using commercial patterns is useful. This is an Intermediate level course. Before you enrol, you must have achieved the following:
    • Have completed at least 1or 2 terms of Pattern Cutting: Beginners or have equivalent experience
    • Understand what a grainline is and how to use it
    • Understand what a notch is and how to use them
    • Understand what seam allowance is and how to use it
    • Be able to use techniques for dart manipulation, including pivoting
    • Have experience of making toiles to fit and adjust patterns
    • Basic sewing skills are desirable but not essential
    • Students must be able to read, write and understand fluent English
    • Mathematics and numeracy skills are essential

    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. Sewing machines have a foot operated speed control. The fashion studios are on the first floor of the Nancy Sears 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. Please see the following link for the Colleges response to Covid in line with Government guidance : https:/morleycollege.ac.uk/help/our-response-to-covid-19/.

    What you need

    •Basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, fine dressmaker’s pins, tape measure
    • Sewing threads, hand sewing needles
    • 4 metres of light weight calico (available for purchase from your tutor) OR 4 metres of silk or quality synthetic crepe fabric in a light colour (2 or 4 ply silk, crepe backed satin, crepe satin, charmeuse). The cheaper synthetics are fine.
    • A4 ring binder with plastic pockets for handouts and samples Recommended Fabric shops: Classic Textiles Ltd, 44 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8DH, 020 8743 3516. A1 Fabrics, 50/52 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8DH, 020 8740 7349. MacCulloch and Wallis Ltd, 25-26 Dering Street, London W1S 1AT, 020 7629 0311. Sew Fantastic, 107 Essex Road, London N1 2SL, 020 7226 2725. Simply Fabrics, 48 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JN, 020 7733 2877. Wimbledon Sewing Centre, 308 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA, 020 8767 4724.

    What you can do next

    We run a variety of specialist courses, as well as other courses which might be of interest, including clothes making and pattern cutting. Please consult the website: http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/departments/fashion for further details. You might want to try one of the following: Couture Techniques ONLINE: Sewing Difficult Fabrics, Lingerie Design Taster ONLINE, Couture Techniques for Bridal and Evening Wear. Want to go further? Our Access to Fashion Diploma course can be the first step to making Fashion your new career. For more details: https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/1296-access-to-fashion/1863.