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It’s Never Too Late To Drape!

Deborah Aungiers (aged 62) of local business, Snippets Needlework of Stevenage, has made her first foray into online teaching, featuring as a tutor for online-teaching-portal, Tutor Couture.  She tutors the company’s maiden course: “How to Drape on the Dress Stand”.

This is timely, as it combines two rapidly-growing trends: One, for crafting, as evidenced by Kirsty Allsop’s prolific output, and BBC Two’s recent success with the programme, “The Great British Sewing Bee”, and the other, for online-video teaching.

Deborah, has more than 30 years of experience working in the British fashion industry but has started up in business on her own for the first time in her mid 50s.

After graduating from the London College of Fashion, she worked for Couturier Donald Campbell (Princess Diana was a client), in Chelsea, London. She then designed women’s and children’s wear for an exclusive supplier to Marks and Spencer, as well as Mothercare.

Deborah explained that: “I have never done anything in front of camera before and it was something of a learning curve, plus I am not very computer literate. But I was approached by Louise McGuire, the founder of Tutor Couture and she is a natural when it comes to direction and computer know-how, and I think we make a great team.”

Why start with draping on the stand?

Louise McGuire, the founder of Tutor Couture explains: “Draping on the stand is a great place to start in creating your own well-fitting garments.  It’s a visual method; the stand is 3D so one sees the shapes forming in front of their eyes as they apply fabric, and is therefore conducive to getting to grips with pattern making. It’s also very satisfying!”

Louise found that there was a gap in the market after uploading a taster lesson to YouTube, just over a year ago.

“In that time we’ve had over 100,000 hits, with many people asking for more, so we’ve sought to fulfil that gap.”

The feedback on the course has been very positive so far. With over 6 hours, shown over 46 HD videos, the student learns all the fundamentals of draping on the stand.

“I really loved all the videos. I learned a lot, it was clear and fun. I can’t wait for more”, says a recent student, Maria from Virginia, USA.

Tutor Couture has a truly global appeal, since it’s internet-based.  There are plans to offer different languages, and to increase the course-curriculum.

To watch an introductory video go to


Notes to Editors:

Deborah Aungiers: +44 (0) 7971 870990;
Louise McGuire: +44 (0) 20 3286 3303;

Tutor Deborah has also designed costumes for films such as Harry Potter, and some early Bond films.  She helped to create “The Lion King” costumes for the London West End Production.

Her TV work includes “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Murder Most Horrid” for BBC Television.

She runs her own school and studio, in Stevenage, UK, where she teaches fashion design, as well as fits clients for wedding dresses, bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride-wear, ball gowns and cocktail wear.

She was a guest on BBC 3 Counties Radio, host: David Prever, December 31st 2012. “What to wear on New Year’s Eve”

Deborah has an Art and Design qualification from the London College of Fashion.

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