Draping Workshop with The Thrifty Stitcher

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Draping Workshop with The Thrifty Stitcher

Friday 06 December 2019

Session: 1


Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Level: Confident Dressmaker

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, with immediate visual results.

Level: You must have made a couple of garments using a commercial pattern on your own before attending this class. It is also a good follow on from our Introduction to Pattern Cutting Workshop and/or Perfect Bodice Drafting Workshop

This is a one day class that will focus on key draping techniques and teach you how to drape a simple darted bodice & skirt. In the second half of the day you will have the opportunity to work on an individual project that you have thought of in advance to create your own design. Nb. since this is an introductory day we won’t be covering sleeves.

Materials: 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 drape cloth. You will need to bring a well fitting bra with you as this will help you to turn your mannequin into a similar shape & size to you.

We will supply wadding for padding out, and calico.

You will leave the workshop with the basic technical skills of draping and the confidence to use cloth to drape new or altered patterns for your own designs. Draping is a visual way to approach pattern drafting and see your ideas instantly on a body. Invented in the 20’s by Madame Vioynet, draping is still used by creative pattern cutters across the globe, especially in haute Couture

Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store for up to two weeks after your class has finished.


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.