Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Rd, Sheffield S2 4DU

07903 046 544 info@rwssheffield.co.uk

Draping – Clothes Designing and Pattern Making

“Draping” is the term used when creating a design with fabric without first making a pattern block then adapting it. It’s the way most of the fashion designers do it. They drape then their ateliers turn it into a pattern. Yves St Laurent designed his iconic “New Look” this way. This is usually done using a dress makers dummy/form but you can do it on yourself!

Our expert tutor Alison will show you the basics and then we will get creative. Tie, pin, slash, drape and sew to make your own unique skirt pattern in calico that you can reuse again and again. Some basic knowledge of dressmaking skills is needed, such as sewing in a zip if you want one in your skirt, but Alison will be there to help with any problems so that you can relax and enjoy the designing.

Once you’ve designed one style you will have the knowledge and confidence to make any style you want. Development after this introductory course to Draping would include Alison’s classes to design a bodice/sleeves and make a unique dress.

The expert course tutor is Alison Baker. She has sewn her own clothes all her life. She completed a City and Guilds (Fashion Design) in the 1980’s. She has been teaching sewing/dressmaking since 2009. She recently trained at Central St Martins in Draping for Women’s Fashion and Pattern Adaptation. Along with all this she runs her own bespoke fashion label for Steampunk, Goth, LARP and Cosplay designs.



Workshop Location:
Hagglers Corner

Max. number of crafty individuals:

10am – 4pm



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