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Draping 101 – Principles of Draping by Leonard Choo

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4 Session Workshop
 | Total of 12 hours: (3 hrs/session)  
[Exclusive one-time only event]

Draping is a technique in which designers work with fabric using a dress form or live model. Drapers hang and pin pieces together to develop desired styles, and then work in conjunction with flat patterning to expedite the development of paper patterns.

Draping is the oldest method of creating clothing. It is an art form in fabric, and allows us to experiment and quickly develop style-lines, proportion, fit, balance, and a visual understanding of how garments will eventually look on the body.

Unleash your visual creativity by beginning with a strong foundation in the principles of draping.


All tools and materials for the course will be provided. However, students are encouraged to bring personal patternmaking, marking, and fabric cutting tools if they would prefer. 


What You’ll Learn:

This is a skills-focused course which places emphasis on the learning of techniques and principles. Students coming out of this course will find that they are soon able to analyse and recreate designs of their own in future.

  • Fabric theory, grainlines, fabric selection
  • Selecting, measuring and padding a form
  • Draping a basic bodice
  • Draping a pieced bodice (princess/paneled)
  • Transferring from toiles to patterns, and trueing up patterns
  • Necklines and variations (including problem-solving on gapping)
  • Armsceyes and variations (including problem-solving on gapping)
  • Dart placement and manipulation
  • Draping fullness, pleating, and gathers
  • Individual draping projects



  • Students must have basic machine sewing skills and some knowledge of garment pattern-making and construction.
  • This course moves along at a moderate pace suitable for advanced beginners, and missed classes will be a disadvantage.
  • There will be no replacement classes for this course.

Classes start on time, please arrive 5 minutes earlier if possible. 


  • Minimum 3 student signups.
  • This course is not SkillsFuture claimable

Individual & group workshops are available to book on request, please enquire. We also offer workshops not listed & can tailor them to suit your needs.

Kindly refer to our class policies before signing up.



Leonard is a bespoke clothesmaker, textile shopper, and costume designer formerly based in New York City. He was the principal fabric shopper for the New York City Ballet for 12 seasons, and and has draped and tailored for the Juilliard School, the television shows Gotham (FOX) and Crashing (HBO), Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Ballet Academy East in New York, Barrington Stage Company, Opera Omaha, and private clients.

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