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Draping (4 credits)

Draping, often called modelling, is an innovative and creative method of pattern making used as an important element in the design process. Calico or muslin is manipulated on a garment stand until the design is perfected to the designer’s satisfaction. The shape in fabric is then transferred onto paper to obtain a pattern. This three-dimensional approach to creating a pattern helps designers quickly see the evolution and visual effect of a specific style.

In this unit you will be introduced to the fundamentals of draping in order to realise your own unique designs in three-dimensional form.

You will have the opportunity to develop your own creative project, modelling your own design based on skills and techniques learnt. With a strong emphasis on research, you will produce a file of inspirational images and material to support your own creative ideas. You will be encouraged to photograph each stage of the draping process to help you evaluate your progress and to create your own personal resource to refer to when undertaking related projects in the future.

This unit is particularly suitable for students who have struggled with flat pattern cutting methods. It is also suitable for complete beginners as well as a refresher for those with basic draping skills.

Draping would be complimented by the following units: