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3D Draping Summer School Short Course

Course description

This intensive 3D draping course concentrates on key elements from our ‘3D Draping Module 1’ course before moving on to cover advanced creative draping work. You will start by draping fabric onto a dressmakers stand/mannequin and learning the techniques to transfer these designs onto paper to make a pattern. You will then move on to more advanced styling, transforming your concepts into different shapes and styles as well as making and sewing a final finished toile (test garment).

In order to aid your learning, during the course you will use 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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

This course is scheduled to run on campus in a face to face delivery format. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation this course may be adapted in line with UK government guidance or other operational requirements. This may include changing course location (to another UAL site), cancellation of the course, or moving part or all of the course online. In the event of any changes being required we will inform you as soon as possible and support you in any changes required. Please bear this in mind when making any travel, visa, or accommodation arrangements.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Differences between stand size, actual body measurements and size charts
  • Fabric characteristics
  • Bodice, sleeves, necklines and collars • Skirt styles - A-line circular, pleats, gathers, flares and fishtail
  • Styling with dart manipulation
  • Isometric draping
  • Cutting and stitching a toile
  • Single size grading
  • Modelling a strapless bodice


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
  • 5cm ruler
  • Magic scotch tape
  • 2B or 3B pencils
  • >Fineliner pens (4 red, 2 blue, 2 black recommended)
  • Pattern notcher (optional)
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Thread (any colour)
  • Set square and vary form curve
Meet the Tutor:

3D Draping on the Stand Summer School concentrates on key elements from 3D Draping on the Stand Modules 1 and 2 before moving on to cover advanced creative stand work.

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