Draping Workshop Part 1 with The Thrifty Stitcher

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Draping Workshop Part 1 with The Thrifty Stitcher

Friday 28 June 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Improvers

Maximum Class Size: 6

Frustrated that you can never find patterns in styles you like, or do you find your body is not a standard size? Why not learn the art of pattern draping to create your own unique designs.

Level: You must have made a couple of garments using a commercial pattern on your own before attending this class.

This is a one day introductory class that will teach you the basics of draping whilst making a pattern block. We also offer a follow on class for you to learn how to utilise your block and use draping to create your own designs.

During this workshop you will be using a mannequin (bring your own mannequin if you have one, or we can supply one of you’re not yet ready to buy one) to learn how to pad a mannequin to mirror your body, as well as how to drape cloth around your mannequin into a torso block.

Using your draped block your will sew up a toile/muslin which will be fitted to you. Claire Louise will then instruct on how to apply any necessary fit alterations from your toile back to the block. You will leave the workshop with the basic technical skills of draping and the knowledge of how to transfer alterations and adaptations from toile to block.

Sign up to the follow-on workshop so that you can learn how to then use your pattern block to to draft your own patterns in any style you like. It’s also a great tool for making adjustments to commercial patterns.


Claire-Louise was originally trained as a Costume Designer at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, she has worked in all aspects of Costume for Theatre, Film and TV with an impressive CV of employers that includes ITV; The RSC; The Royal National Theatre; BBC; Regent’s Park open air Theatre and “The Audience” with Dame Helen Mirren. Her diverse professional experience made her the perfect candidate for the role of Sewing Producer for TV's ''Great British Sewing Bee'' A role she's done since 2012 when the show was first developed.
In 2009 Claire-Louise, also known as The Thrifty Stitcher, began teaching sewing in Stoke Newington and through her teaching has regained a love of dressmaking for herself. When she's not teaching at Ray Stitch she's also a Love Sewing Magazine columnist: A Sewing Bee Author, as well as a Costumier. Her first book: ''The Great British Sewing Bee- Fashion with Fabric'' won best sewing book 2015 in the British Sewing Awards. The book accompanied the third series of the hit TV show.