When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Alice Reynolds
  • Course Code W22FASB03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

If you want to learn how to drape fabric this is the taster for you! This course will provide the opportunity to have styles come to life directly on the dress stand before your very eyes . You will learn to prepare calico and the dress stand/mannequin for this specialized process and learn the rules that govern the way you shape the cloth to it. In the end you will prepare a paper pattern from a piece you have draped in class. These skills are intrinsically linked to pattern cutting so an experience of pattern cutting or using commercial patterns may prove useful though not necessary.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • to understand how draping is used in fashion
  • to prepare the stand for draping
  • to use the grain of the fabric correctly for design on the stand
  • to make a pattern from a draped design


  • 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 lectures, demonstration, discussions, examples and samples, handouts, focusing on the visual and technical aspects.

    Entry requirements

    This is a beginners level course. All are welcome.

    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 and drinking with the exception of bottled water are not allowed in the fashion studios.

    What you need

    •Basic sewing kit: fabric scissors, trimming scissors, fine dressmaker’s pins, tape measure • 3 metres of medium weight calico (available for purchase from your tutor)

    What you can do next

    Ready for more? So are we! Continue your draping journey with a term long course and explore the wider world of clothes making and design with us in a variety of engaging courses on offer all the way up to a full BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Find out more at www.morelycollege.ac.uk