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Introduction to Draping on the Stand

Introduction to Draping on the Stand

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Belgin Vehbi


Draping on the stand (often called modelling) is a pattern cutting method used by many designers, where designs are created on the stand and then transferred onto paper to make a pattern.  The quick results achieved with draping on the stand mean you can see the garment come to life right in front of you, allowing you to play with fabric and adjust details (creating many variations in style) quickly and easily.

In this introductory course the tutor will take you step by step through the fundamental techniques of draping. You’ll start by creating a simple bodice on the stand; pinning, folding and marking the fabric before removing it.  It is from this drape that a pattern is traced onto paper and the lines and measurements checked and altered as necessary. You’ll then move on to creating different skirt and bodice styles and looking at darts and collars.

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:

  • Drafting a sleeve block
  • Styling with dart manipulation for a selection of skirts, bodices and collars.
  • Introduction to sizing and fabric characteristics


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) 
  • Set square and vary form curve

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