How to Sketch Fashion

How to Sketch Fashion

How to Sketch Fashion
How to Sketch Fashion, with super stock photography.

Learn how to sketch fashion designs with these five easy tips from Rain Blanken.

Fashion sketching is not only a great way to carry a concept from paper to runway, but it’s also fun for brainstorming. If you are interested in pursuing fashion design, it is important to keep sketching. Sketch meat dresses and Star Trek uniforms… sketching all kinds of fashion will help to keep your creative mind sharp.

How to Sketch Fashion
How to Sketch Fashion

1. Use ‘croquis’

Crochet? I love crochet! Croquet? They play that with flamingos on Alice in Wonderland, right? Nah, croquis are yet another word that is not ‘croissant’. Sadly, not everything can be a croissant. In my article on About.com, learn how to use these pre-made models to get right to fashion sketching without having to draw hands (agh, they’re the worst!)

How to Sketch Fashion
Fashion Sketching Tools    Photo: Getty Images

2. Fashion sketching tools

Which tools work best for sketching your styles? Colored pencils can give a lot of detail, but sometimes lack to get bold ideas across. Let’s take a look at the advantages/disadvantages of various mediums.

How to Sketch Fashion
Fashion Flats   Photo: Getty Images

3. Fashion flats for details

Fashion flats are a lot like the technical drawings that you’ll see on sewing patterns. They give a lot of insight as to where seams and notions are placed to make a garment work right. Not the most flashy corner of the fashion world, but necessary if you want your pants to stay up.

How to Sketch Fashion
Add Fabric Swatches    Photo: Getty Images

4. Add fabric swatches

Sample swatches are the perfect excuse for my fabric hoarding. In this part of the article, I’ll explain how fabric swatches can give you a great deal of perspective on the finished garment.

How to Sketch Fashion
Fashion Sketch Inspiration Board     Photo: Getty Images

5. Make an inspiration board

Getting your thoughts out of your head and onto the wall may sounds like a redundant exercise, but this is actually a great way to collaborate your ideas with others, and just give your inspirations time to breathe and morph. Plus, if your designs are out on the wall, it makes you accountable for finishing that project when your buddy asks about it two weeks later.

How to Sketch Fashion
How to Sketch Fashion

6. From design to creation

Above is an example of taking a design concept from paper all the way to the finished costume. You can see a few changes made along the way, but the sketch and notes indicate the fall of the fabric, colors, and tone of the design. Don’t be afraid to mess up that notebook.

How to Sketch Fashion
How to Sketch Fashion      Photo: Getty Images

See the full article on About.com for all of my tips on how to sketch your own designs.  I hope that my tips give you a bit of inspiration and the courage to just jump right in and start creating. Not every design is a winner, but they all contribute to the development of your skills!

Share your designs with me on Facebook.

Cape Hood

Make a Cape: Hood Instruction Clarification

One of my most popular tutorials here on About.com is my Cape Tutorial. This is a design that I created myself, so I’m ultimately responsible when someone sends me an email that says ‘what the what?’

The most questions I get are on the construction of the hood. I get so many emails on this, because the construction of the hood has been ultra-simplified. It is just one stitch to attach the hood to the cape, and another stitch to close the top of the hood. Bam. But this image seems to cause a lot of confusion:

Make a Cape
Make a Cape: Hood Instruction Clarification

I feel like stars and glitter assist in every explanation, but I also eat mayo with a spoon, so maybe I’m off on this one.

Recently, one of my youngest readers asked me on Facebook about the hood construction, so I went ahead and sketched her up some additional instructions that I’ll share with you here:

Cape Hood
Cape Hood

In the first panel, the hood has been sewn to the top of the cape. Next, touch the corners of the hood together to make the hood shape, then stitch along the top of the edges that you’ve just put together.

I hope that this sketch helps to clarify those hood instructions! If not, feel free to ask me on Facebook, and I’ll come up with another sketch, lickity-split! I might even draw a dinosaur on there with your requests, like they do for me at Domino’s.

(Need help? Ask Rain on Facebook.)

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