Draping on the stand (often called modelling) is a pattern cutting method used by many designers, where designs are created on the stand and then transferred onto paper to make a pattern. The quick results achieved with draping on the stand mean you can see the garment come to life right in front of you, allowing you to play with fabric and adjust details (creating many variations in style) quickly and easily.
In this introductory course the tutor will take you step by step through the fundamental techniques of draping. You’ll start by creating a simple bodice on the stand; pinning, folding and marking the fabric before removing it. It is from this drape that a pattern is traced onto paper and the lines and measurements checked and altered as necessary. You’ll then move on to creating different skirt and bodice styles and looking at darts and collars.
In order to aid your learning, you’ll also be given the bestselling book ‘Art of Fashion Draping’ by Connie Amaden-Crawford, which includes step by step information and clear to understand diagrams for you to follow alongside the tutor’s demonstrations.
The course includes:
- Drafting a sleeve block
- Styling with dart manipulation for a selection of skirts, bodices and collars.
- Introduction to sizing and fabric characteristics
Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- Steel pins dressmaking pins (not glass headed pins)
- Tape measure (with metric and imperial on same side)
- Fabric shearsPaper scissors
- Small pointed scissors
- 15cm ruler
- Magic scotch tape
- Needle pointed tracing wheel
- 4H or 5H pencils
- 2B or 3B pencils
- Fineliner pens (4 red, 2 blue, 2 black recommended)
- Pattern notcher (optional)
- Set square and vary form curve