Draping is for everyone.
Learning draping not only opens up creative possibilities, but it gives you a deeper, hands-on understanding of pattern design, fitting, and fabrics that you just don’t get from sewing commercial patterns.
Whether you’ve been sewing for years or have only recently discovered garment making, you’re invited to come play with fabric with us – it’s so much fun!
What will I get in the Learn to Drape course?In this 4-week online course beginning Sept 4th, you'll learn how to:
- Create custom one-of-a-kind draped designs on a dress form and transfer them to paper patterns
- Develop your eye for fitting and designing for real shapes, including our asymmetries
- Get more joy and satisfaction out of your garment making practice
Unlike other online sewing courses you’ve taken, this one is different in that we have a dedicated, private community called the Beatrice Collective to support it.
We designed this class to recreate the best parts of in-person workshops, like the real-time support and camaraderie you feel with your fellow students and instructor, while at the same time offering the convenience of online access.
How does the Learn to Drape work?Learn to Drape is run with live sessions taught by Beatrice Forms Founder Alison Hughes.
You can take it at your own pace with all of the video replays or participate live via:
Saturday topic sessions. Each Saturday at 10am Mountain, we'll introduce the topic and challenge for the week.
Thursday office hours. To answer questions and collaborate with you on your work, we’re hosting weekly office hours via Zoom at 5pm Mountain on Thursdays.
Detailed guides and other resources. As a companion to the weekly topic sessions, you'll also get access to a whole library of specific, step-by-step guides and templates to download and make each part of Learn to Drape even easier.
24/7 access to the course. Lastly, all of these great resources are organized and available online for you any time in the Beatrice Collective. This is also where you can post your questions and weekly challenges with rich support from Alison and our entire community.
Here's what we'll cover:
Week 1: Tools & Setup
Week 2: Design Fundamentals + Draping a Bodice
Week 3: Creating a Pattern from a Draped Design
Week 4: Draping a Fashion Look
What supplies do I need?
First off, you'll need to acquire a full or half scale pinnable dress form*. You can drape on almost any dress form as long as its surface is “pinnable” - meaning you can easily insert pins to hold up fabric. Duct/paper tape forms and adjustable Dritz “dial-a-form” dress forms are unsuitable for this reason.
Other recommended supplies include:
- Sewing machine & basic sewing supplies
- Narrow twill tape
- Pattern/tracing paper
- Fashion rulers and L-square
- Tracing wheel & wax tracing paper
- Draping tape (optional)
We'll provide more details about supplies after you’ve registered.
(* A limited number of loaner 1/2 scale forms available. Sign up for our newsletter for announcements. If you’re interested, please secure your form BEFORE registering.)