Short Course in Draping

Learn the techniques involved in draping on a dress form at this beginner’s five-day short course.

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This short course is run by the Newham College School of Fashion and Tailoring and takes place in person at the Fashion and Textile Museum. This course is suitable for students aged 18+ and runs for seven days over eight weeks.

What will you learn?

This course focuses on how to produce garments using draping techniques. Used by many fashion designers, draping is a pattern cutting process using fabric and working directly on the dress stand to create garment patterns. These can then be translated into paper form.

Over the 5 sessions you will use pattern modelling and fabric draping to develop fashion designs in 3D form. You will also create a bodice block (pattern) on the stand.

On completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Entry requirements

This course is ideal for beginners. An ability to sew is desirable.

What materials and equipment do you need to bring?

Calico, hard pencils, sharpener, eraser, pins, paper scissors, fabric scissors, notebook and pen. Calico and Muslin will be available to purchase by the metre.

What materials and equipment are provided?

Dress stands, meter rules, pattern masters, weights, pattern paper and card.

What can you do next?

For more short courses in this series including pattern cutting and personal block making, please visit our range of Fash

ion School short courses.

If your fashion curiosity is piqued, then join one of Newham College’s fashion and design courses including Bespoke Tailoring, Fashion Production and Clothes Making. For a complete list of courses and to apply, please visit


Confirmation email: Once you have made a booking, you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the information you will need prior to your course. You will also receive a reminder email one week prior to your course.

Registration: Please check your confirmation email for the registration time of your course. If the registration time for your course is before 11 am, please ring the intercom on arrival. For health and safety reasons, it is not possible to admit participants earlier than the registration time.

On arrival: Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So, if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your visit, there is plenty to choose from.

Please note that you are welcome to view the current exhibition when studying at the museum, but be aware that the exhibition space is closed on Mondays.For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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