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Learn to Draw Fashion Illustrations

Learn to sketch like a designer

Threads, Issue #210, August/September
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The expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” is particularly true when it comes to fashion. It’s easier to develop and share ideas for sewing projects when you can draw a figure and sketch garment details.

Fashion illustration is a fun process and an essential part of the fashion industry. Designers usually make sketches to help compose designs and to visually communicate their concepts to sewing staff. These illustrations play an important role in developing fashion collections. Pattern companies use fashion illustrations to show garment style variations and to inspire home sewers to purchase a pattern. Artists often create fashion illustrations for advertising campaigns and other promotions. These drawings are not a tool reserved for professionals, however. Anyone can use fashion sketches to hone their design ideas.

With practice, you can fluently sketch garment concepts that suggest movement and attitude.

Extralong fashion figures express stylized garment concepts.

Designers…

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