Fashion Training Like a Pro!

Have you ever wanted to learn how to drape on the stand successfully and create stunning garments for yourself or work as a pattern cutter in the fashion industry? Well now you can.

Cut your time in half and further your fashion career, even if you’re overwhelmed and can’t find the confidence you need to get ahead. When I attended fashion college in the early 80’s we were taught flat pattern making, but I was taken in by all those gorgeous draped garments from glossy magazines. My first couple attempts at draping were disastrous but I was so determined to master draping, I purchased my first adjustable dress makers stand, collected pictures from magazines and kept practising with inexpensive fabrics. I also attended evening classes in draping and honestly that’s where I became more confident with draping.

The classes helped me to learn fashion draping skills to communicate my vision and later get the job I deserved in the fashion industry and you can do all this too. Designers are always on the lookout for talented, creative pattern cutters who know their craft and the beautiful thing is you can be anywhere in the world and work with designers across the globe with the internet. This could be you next…

Even if you’ve tried fashion draping before but haven’t seen success I urge you to keep practising your craft, whether you study with me or someone else. You’ll look back and reflect on all what you’ve achieved in years to come.

Sign Up to Our Fashion Draping Beginners Course

What is Fashion Draping?
Modelling often called draping is about working with fabric and/or body to produce 3D shapes on the garment stand or the human figure; it is a highly regarded skill. The 3D shapes are transferred from the stand or body onto pattern paper or card to create 2D patterns from which a cut garment is made.

Pattern cutters often sculpt with fabric to interpret ideas into reality as its most effective when using soft fabrics i.e. silk satin. Fabrics draped on the bias or cross-grain stretches and behave differently to the same fabric draped on the straight grain.

Want To Learn Fashion Draping From the Ground Up In Your Own Environment?

Develop Your Skills for a Career in Fashion or a Project

Fashion Draping
Sewing

The Course is Aimed at
• A learner who is developing a fashion portfolio of work
• Aspiring fashion student starting in fashion education
• A learner pursuing a career in fashion as a designer pattern cutter
• Enthusiasts who wish to learn to industry standard
• A learner who wants a change of career

Each module is designed with the learner in mind, it takes you from the very beginning of understanding what fashion draping is through to creating 3D shapes and 2D patterns to industry standard. The “easy to follow” video lessons will be available as long as you’re a member of the fashion training library. Learn at your own pace and build up your knowledge with guidance and feedback from your tutor and online community.

Lesson Aims
1. To introduce the language of the subject.
2. To introduce and develop an understanding of the equipment, technology and techniques.
3. To develop an understanding of the basic principles of fashion draping to produce 3D shapes into accurate 2-dimentional patterns.
4. To develop the skills and knowledge required for the construction of garment parts using appropriate technology.
5. To develop and maintain a record of techniques and skills used to produce 3D designs and pattern styles.

Learning Outcome
On completion, of the course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of fashion draping.
2. Translate 3D designs into 2-dimensional patterns.
3. Understand the industry based fashion draping techniques alongside theoretical techniques.
4. To interpret a 3D design into understandable, workable accurate 2D patterns that can be made into garments.

Working with a Half and Full-Scale Garment Stand
Here’s what topics you can expect to learn in this course…

Manipulate suitable modelling fabric on the stand to achieve the required styling for
• Bodice variations
• Sleeve variations
• Collar variations
• Skirt variations
• Shirt variations
• Neckline variations
• Opening variations
• Preparing the garment stand
• Preparing the calico/fabric
• Make paper patterns from 3D modelled shapes
• Produce toiles and adjust as necessary
• Develop a portfolio of work

The modules are released monthly inside the private membership area. This course is for beginners level, you do not need to have a background in fashion to subscribe.

FASHION DRAPING
A4 Plastic pocket
A4 Arched lever folder
4h & HB Mechanical pencil
Eraser
Biro pens – Black, Blue, Red and Green
Pritt stick
Magic tape
Pattern master or Fashion curve
Small see-through perspex ruler
Plain pattern paper
Bradawl
Serrated tracing wheel
Pattern notcher
Pattern drill
Metric tape measure
Dressmakers sewing pins
Mapping pins
Paper scissors
Fabric shears
Half-scale dress stand & F-clamp
Full-size dress stand

SEWING
Domestic/Industrial sewing machine
Sewing threads – Black and white
Small snips/scissors
Iron and Ironing board
Hand sewing needles
Metal thimble
Tailor’s chalk
Unpicker
Calico – Light and medium weight 5 metres
Fusible interfacing – Light and Medium weight 3 metres

A list of materials required for fashion draping and sewing is included when you sign up to the course.

Are you ready to learn with industry professionals and certified fashion educators?

This course will help you drape on the stand successfully like a pro!

LEVEL Beginner: Video Tutorials / Handy Helpers / Skills Workbooks / Training Calendar / Updates and Support / Members Only Offers / Certificate of Completion

I want to help you make an impact with your fashion portfolio, project or in the fashion industry. I want you to avoid making any costly and unnecessary mistakes like I did many moons ago, so we’re re-opening the beginner’s fashion draping membership where you can work towards a certificate of completion.

As a beginner, you start with the fundamentals of draping the bodice, sleeves and skirt blocks, you will also learn collars, necklines and openings. The fashion draping course are self-paced video course consisting of 12 modules of intensive skill building, skills workbooks, training calendar with assignments in each module. The monthly released modules allow you to complete the assignments as well as homework without becoming overwhelmed. You will need a sewing machine to complete the construction of your toiles.

Every style that you drape on the garment stand can be translated to a full-size drape and 2-dimensional pattern. At the end of the course you’ll have a portfolio of work that you can use to show your expertise on the subject.

If this sounds like a community you want to be a part of, we’d love to have you on board. So let me ask you a question…

Do you want in?

Monthly recurring subscription billing of £23 GBP, cancel at any time.

Master your fashion draping skills with industry professionals and certified fashion educators from the comfort of your own environment.

Some of Our Current Members…

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A Little Bit About Me

Hi, I’m Ezmé Anderson a fashion designer, creative pattern cutter, maker, certified educator and founder of 1stclasspatterns.com an online video fashion training library. Both my parents inspired me from a very young age, mum was a seamstress and dad was a cobbler. Some people wake up to the smell of coffee, I woke up to the smell of leather from my dad’s workshop at the back of our home. Even now when I’m around leather the smell takes me back to my childhood memories.

In 1981 I studied a 2-year textile: machine embroidery course and in 1983 I studied a 2-year fashion design course, both at The London College of Fashion now part of the University of the Arts. In 1985 I started my professional career as a junior assistant in couture working as a fashion designer, pattern cutter and maker. I assisted Lindka Cierach to design and create the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson’s two wedding dresses and her four bridesmaid dresses for her marriage to HRH Prince Andrew in the summer of July 1986 and attended the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey.  The second dress was unveiled to the public at Madam Tussaud’s in London, UK.

After working in couture I continued working with luxury, high-end fashion houses and designers creating catwalk collections for men and women’s international fashion weeks, red carpet gowns, and made to measure ensembles in various markets. In 1994 I started teaching part time on fashion courses at various levels in higher education and in 2001 I graduated with a PGDHE for fashion teachers.

Long story short I’ve always had a passion for creating things from the age of around seven, whether it was designing, making dolls clothes, sewing or some type of craft. After thirty plus fantastic years in the fashion industry, a new chapter begins at 1stClassPatterns.com. I’m now passing on my skills and expertise to you, all that I’ve learnt as a fashion designer, creative pattern cutter, maker and fashion educator on this wonderful platform – the internet with my creative team.