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Upcycling | Free Draping | Japanese Draping


20 February 2021 | 10 April 2021 | 8 May 2021
SHOW & TELL 5 June 2021
online with Zoom



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.

Part 1 | UPCYCLING | 20 February 2021

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.


Part 2 | FREE DRAPING | 10 April 2021

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.


Part 3 | JAPANESE DRAPING | 8 May 2021

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.


SHOW & TELL | 5 June 2021

One month after the workshop we will meet again and share our work with each other.
Especially the Japanese Draping project will bring a lot of individual design possibilities with it and it’s great to see how the work evolved under everybody’s hands.

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.


Each workshop will start at 5pm and end at 8pm (Berlin CET).

CET (Berlin) 5pm – 8pm
GMT (London) 4pm – 7pm
EDT (Eastern) 11am – 2pm
CDT (Central) 10am – 1pm
MDT (Mountain) 9am – 12pm
PDT (Pacific) 8am – 11pm

Part 1 | Saturday, 20 February, 2021
Part 2 | Saturday, 10 April, 2021
Part 3 | Saturday, 8 May, 2021
Show & Tell | Saturday, 5 June, 2021

What you need for participating:
Tailors Dress form (draping mannequin)
Fabric scissors
Measurement tape
Material Upcycling (recycled pants, denim jeans, jackets etc., please prepare minimum 2 of a kind)
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 will be English. The number of participants is limited.

Workshop fee 500€

With your deposit of 100€ your place is reserved.
Balance payable in January 2021.

20 Feb | 10 April | 8 May   Europe|US time zone


Payment: Bank Debit (no fee) or Paypal (plus 4,5% fee)