Do you draw your designs before stitching them? Fashion sketching is a great way to round out your sewing and planning skills. From capturing design and alteration ideas and setting sewing intentions to documenting your creative journey and testing out garment proportions, sketching is an important tool if you’re willing to spend time honing your skills. Read on for top 5 tips from Meg Healy, Online Editor for BurdaStyle.
I learned fashion sketching in fashion school. I love to sketch out everything to get a sense of the design changes I want to make, how it will look in the fabric and what mood it conveys.
My top 5 tips for fashion sketching are:
>Use a croquis (figure drawing template) so you have a starting point to work from and not just a blank page.
>If you know the fabric you’re using, have it right beside you as you sketch.
>Don’t color everything in, and don’t worry about staying “inside the lines.”
>Keep your hand loose, and make quick sketches for an effortless look.
>If you have a print, just give the idea of the print in some areas of the sketch rather than the entire portion.