Designing clothes takes an air of inspiration. It’s something you need to have the artistic flare for and you must be confident when putting your design together. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a fashion designer, can dress well and can handle a pencil then why not give it a go?
Inspiration can come in many forms; vision, smell, taste, touch and hearing. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with items that can help you achieve the stimulation your mind needs to be creative.
Surround yourself with fabrics and textiles, books, magazines, music and art. Really start to get in the mood for being creative and when you can no longer resist keeping your ideas in your head pick up a pencil.
Start doodling ideas and getting whatever imagery you have in your head down on paper; it doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to design hand case luggage or a trendy shirt just get your thoughts on paper at this stage refining as you go.
Think about what you’re trying to accomplish with this outfit. Colour is very important in determining the mood that will be imposed upon the wearer and those around them. Add colour as you see fit but be clever about it, blending them and adding elements of surprise.
You can frame you’re design (not literally) but by drawing in accessories you envisage would set the outfit off. Think about the details; a watch, cufflinks, the shoes, the scarf, the jacket. These are the little things that will add depth to your doodle along with a hair style and a facial expression.
Learn how to sew
This needn’t be a hard one if you’re truly passionate about getting creative with textiles. Purchase the equipment you need; sewing machine, needles, pins, adjustable tailors’ dummy, fabrics and thread. Buy as many books as you can and saturate yourself in your new obsession and don’t forget to join a local textile club; you’ll make friends and soon be an awesome tailor.
Select your fabric
For this you’re best travelling to a local textile company where you can purchase you’re fabrics on rolls to suit. Here you can feel and see everything you need and get it cut to size. If you know exactly what you want you can purchase you material online.
Putting it together
Using your tailors dummy and fabric tracing paper for help carefully cut out a rough of your fabric pinning it together on the dummy. When you’re happy with your adjustments you can start sewing you’re finalised design.
When you’ve finally finished, don’t forget to save your design in a portfolio for the future. Hopefully you’d have taken photographs and documented the whole process to make your very own blog post on http://www.styleforum.net/.
Hope you enjoyed reading this!