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3D Draping Summer School

3D Draping Summer School

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Belgin Vehbi


This intensive 3D draping course concentrates on key elements from our ‘Introduction to 3D Draping’ 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, you’ll also be given 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.

The course includes:

  • 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


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Belgin Vehbi, since leaving the London College of Fashion in 1985, has been employed in the fashion industry as a designer, pattern cutter and stylist for well known companies in the industry and as a freelance consultant for industry and private clients in the UK. and abroad. Belgin has worked on various aspects of pre-production for many designer collections including Hussein Chalayan, Caroline Charles, Hope and Glory, Ben de Lisi, Lodi International, Clements Ribero and Joseph, developing the finished look the customer requires for their market. Belgin has also worked as a Senior Product Development Manager involved in design, creative pattern cutting, garment technology, sourcing materials and developing a new brand label for the top end of the designer leather and sheepskin market. She monitored production and quality in Turkey, Lithuania, Hungary and India and liaised with customers to maintain quality and production standards in line with the original design.


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
  • 15cm ruler
  • Magic scotch tape
  • Needle pointed tracing wheel
  • 4H or 5H pencils
  • 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

Available dates