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Upcycling | Free Draping | Japanese Draping


3 part Recording available (9 hours)


Christine Mayer is holding a three-part DRAPING WORKSHOP with Zoom dedicated to UPCYCLING, FREE DRAPING and JAPANESE DRAPING.

The Berlin-based fashion designer has built a fashion career on re-purposing clothing and breathing new life into old garments. She is a pioneer of three-dimensional free draping with fabric, an art form she has adapted and developed from her studies in classical Japanese drapery. When it comes to clothing design, Christine’s style is recognisable for its collage aesthetics, where pattern and fabric constantly interrupt each other’s spaces. “Material that has been marked by life” is one of Christine’s biggest inspirations.

Christine’s technique takes draping in a new direction by using original materials. Especially by dealing with recycled materials and old fabrics, this is an inspiring method to directly influence the given materials, structures and the individual fit. The designer becomes a sculptor who develops their creation directly on the bust – in harmony with the materials and body shape.


The first part of the Draping Trilogy is dedicated to UPCYCLING. We will work with recycled garments (denim jeans, men shirts, jackets, sweaters etc.) directly on the dress from and create an individual item of clothing, probably a jacket or coat. This liberating way of making clothes brings with it new possibilities that have more in common with sculpting than dressmaking.



By FREE DRAPING we work with textile pieces or fabric on the dress form and create an one-of-a-kind item out of our favorite piece of textile. This could be an old grain sack, a piece of hand woven linen, an old embroidered treasure you found on a journey to Asia, a table cloth or any material which is talking to your heart. To get even more connection to the material you can process it with some pin tucks, seams or drawings before you start with the draping work.



In the classical 3-dimensional pattern making or Japanese Draping the pattern is molded on the tailors dress form with calico/muslin. This method is a sensual and intuitive alternative to the two-dimensional intersections of cut pattern making on the table or computer. It offers a direct recognition of the individual development steps of the pattern. In part 3 of this draping workshop we will create a skirt pattern directly on the dress form with muslin.

Each Workshop day starts with an draping demonstration where Christine will share how she works. This is intended to be an inspiration. Participants will get a video of the draping demonstrations after each session.

What you need for participating:
Tailors Dress form (draping mannequin)
Fabric scissors
Measurement tape
Material Upcycling (2 recycled men shirts)
Material Free Draping (your favorite fabric piece, old linen, old grain sack, table cloth, mangle cloth etc.)
2 meters/yards of calico/draping muslin (double wide)

The workshop language is English.

Recording 350€

You will get a link to download the recording of this workshop after your registration.

Recording available (9 hours)


Payment: Bank Debit or Paypal