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Fashion & Sewing Workshop: Introduction To Draping On The Stand

Fashion & Sewing Workshop: Introduction To Draping On The Stand

Maybe you’ve already mastered pattern cutting and you’re longing to know how to create more flowing and free designs, or you’re a novice dressmaker just wanting to give it a go! Draping fabric is an ancient art form and can be rather daunting to start on your own. We’re giving you a peak into the technique with a fabulous expert as your guide.

 Introduction To Draping On The Stand

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Early Bird £12.50
or £15

Click here through to our Eventbrite to book!

Draping example

Draping example

Discover the history behind the design technique in this practical after-work taster event and then watch a beautiful demonstration, before having some fun experimenting on the mannequin yourself with gorgeous, luxury eco textiles from Offset Warehouse.

What Is Draping On The Stand?

draping on the stand

Draping on the stand (sometimes referred to as modelling, or moulage) is a pattern cutting technique used by many designers, where garments are created on the stand and then transferred onto paper to make a pattern. By draping, you can literally watch a garment come to life in front of your eyes in a matter of minutes. This quick technique gives designers freedom to play with fabric and adjust details, creating many variations in style, quickly and simply.

The process of draping also allows you to see the effect that gravity will have on a fabric, which is vital to any garment construction. You can see how the fabric will shape and mould when the grain of the textile is placed in different directions. With flat pattern making, it can be harder to picture how a fabric will fall or hang on a section of the garment.

The Evening

In this after-work session, your tutor, Laura Mackay, a professional seamstress and pattern cutter with couture experience and owner of Laura Alice Dressmaking, will talk about the theory behind the practice and then take you step-by-step through the fundamental techniques of draping. Then, in small groups, you can have a go at draping on a mannequin yourself using beautiful ethical fabrics from Offset Warehouse!

You’ll leave the evening with not just an understanding of the history of drape, but how to work practically with fabrics, and skills such as how to use the grain of a fabric to beautifully manipulate a textile to enhance your design.

Your Tutor

1 Laura Alice - The shape of things - The Earth Dress - Competition Entry 2017 -Front View

Laura working with Offset Warehouse Fabrics


Our Guest of Honor and your tutor for the evening is the incredibly talented fashion creative, Laura Mackay. With a background in Fashion Atelier, Laura trained in heritage construction techniques and has in-depth technical knowledge of 2D and 3D pattern cutting and couture dressmaking. Today, Laura and is a freelance pattern cutter and seamstress, creating bespoke dresses for individual customers, alongside teaching pattern cutting and sewing classes in her own studio, LauraAlice Dressmaking, in Kent.

All of the fabrics for the evening will be provided by the online ethical fabric shop Offset Warehouse. Offset Warehouse has one of the largest ranges of ethical textiles available online, whose goal is to sell the most beautiful, hand-crafted and fairly-sourced fabrics, trims and threads from across the globe.

Experience Required

Suitable for beginners. From home sewers to fashion designers, all creatives are welcome.

What You’ll Need

pinning draping

pinning draping

We will provide all of the materials you will need, including the fabric, dressmaking pins, tape measures, fabric shears, paper scissors, rulers and tape – and of course, several mannequins! But please feel free to bring your own equipment too. We also recommend you bring a pad, paper and camera, to record your learnings!

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