Creating fashion design sketches is fun but it is not easy to get started. There are many things that go into creating good fashion design sketches. Here are a few tips on making a good sketch. A couple of things to consider are getting a good stencil set and several sketch books. Once a good sketch is finished, more accessories and hair styles match the sketch being made is important. Sometimes, the accessories can make all the difference between a sketch that will sell and sketch that doesn’t.

A good stencil set is the best way to start good fashion sketches. Stencil will train your hand and brain to make all the proper lines and curves needed to design a sketch. Even if you are already good with drawing and art, you may find that the parameters of fashion design are a whole new experience for your brain. Also it is generally a good idea to check fashion websites and magazines often, study the styles used and incorporate the lines and curves used into your own models. Be sure to practice using the stencils often. After a while you will not need to use the stencils any more.
Organization is also key. Having multiple sketch books is ideal for this, but a folder would work just as nicely. Labeling the different sketch books will be a time saver. You may have ideas for men’s and women’s fashion. Keep them separate.

  • One could also separate fashion design sketches by:
  • Age
  • Materials used
  • Color of the fabrics
  • Potential buyers for this design
  • Season ( Summer, Winter, etc)

It is also important to remember when you are making fashion sketches, to follow a model that works. It may be that the first sketch you create ad you think will sell a lot could have different possible variations that will change the entire look of the clothing piece. Lets just say that you created a sketch for a dress and posted it on an online design forum to get some feedback form other designers and it got excellent reviews, if so, you can use the same sketch and as a base design and start building other pieces based on it, for example you can transform the dress into a blouse and skirt combination. You could repeat this indefinitely so produce several designs and even a whole collection based in an initial design that had great initial reviews.
Fashion design sketches are fun and with enough practice and a bit of talent can become a good source of income. However, one must know what they are doing because producing good and different fashion designs is not always easy. There is a large market and many competition, so practicing a lot and establishing a good design “base” is vital for future success as a fashion designer. Remember there are plenty of resources available to gain ideas, inspiration and technical details about converting a fashion design sketch to an actual dressing item.

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