Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top

Inspired by couture and want to learn how to make your own beautiful styles?

In this live online master class, Expert draper and pattern cutter for Strictly will show you how to drape a stunning pleat detail top

I’m so thrilled to introduce you to a fabulous pattern cutter and teacher in our first digital draping masterclass collaboration, This live session will be delivered via zoom, and I will be there as host, whilst Theresa teaches you how to drape

Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top

About Your teacher

Theresa Hewlett has worked as a freelance pattern cutter/ studio manager  for over 35 years , gaining a wealth of knowledge in the fashion and costume industries.

Her illustrious career includes working alongside Zandra Rhodes , Emanuel , Benny Ong, Wallis and River Island amongst others . Alongside her fashion contracts , she’s worked with dance and performance manufacturers leading to working on many TV and theatre shows including Strictly Come Dancing , The Voice, Dancing on Ice and many others .

Theresa is passionate about education and is inspiring the next generations through her work  at a major a London college teaching pattern cutting , draping and  garment manufacturing .

Her passion is fit and making sewing accessible and she feels extremely blessed working in the creative industry .

Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top
Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top
Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top

During the first part of the class, you’ll the learn the basics of how to get started with draping. You will then learn to drape a top with pleat detailing and an asymmetrical neckline.

Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top

Why Draping?


Draping allows you to see your pattern taking shape immediately, and is perfect for working with fluid fabrics and created shapes that have lots of pleats or folding. It’s also a great way to make patterns that you cant find anywhere else, and that will fit you better.

During this online masterclass you will learn:-

  • How to prep for draping.
  • Some basic draping rules
  • How to drape a stunning asymmetrical pleated top
  • How to use your draped pattern to make a final pattern
  • Q & A with two industry experts
Draping masterclass Part 1- pleated top
2 pm- 4.30 pm Sat 11th July- Live on zoom- (link will be sent in booking confirmation)
£20 including a replay link so you can watch again at your own pace.
Arrived at the class not knowing anything draping…in my head it was a thing that very experienced people did…I now feel inspired to give it a go!


  • Liz

    21.06.2020 at 09:03 Reply

    Hi, how do I book a place on this course please? I can’t find it on your course calendar.



    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      22.06.2020 at 23:38 Reply

      hello, I’m so sorry i hadn’t realized the post and not a draft as I hadn’t actually added the booking button into it. It’s now live and bookable. Thanks so much for your interest in the session. CL )

  • Alison Martin

    17.06.2020 at 11:25 Reply

    Hi Claire-Louise – I would like to enquire what level of experience is suggested as a pre-requisite for the draping master class. In addition, I can’t seem to work out where I register.
    Thank you.

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      22.06.2020 at 23:41 Reply

      Hi Alison,

      Since this is a masterclass, it’s a demo format rather than a follow along with tutor input format, so no experience is necessary. I would say that if you wanted to have ago on your own with the replay after the session, then having used a sewing pattern before will be a definate advantage

      thanks so much for your interest in our draping session.

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