You are a fashion designer, and this is something that you know in your heart. This is important to explore because undertaking art-focused activities, like fashion design, helps improve mood and reduce depression.
But, as a budding designer, it is also important to learn some basic skills to help your ideas become a reality. This means learning how to design, sew, and knit. The following are just a few tips that may help you on your journey.
Tips For Beginning Designers
One of the most important skills that a fashion designer should learn is how to bring your ideas to life. The first skill that you should try to at least master is drawing. This is important to help guide the entire design as well as help communicate your idea to others. You can take a few classes, or just read a few books to try to at least learn the basics. Most designers use a fashion figure drawing so they can design their ideas on paper, which serves as an example (or reference) for the design.
Another good idea is to think outside the box a bit. Go beyond what you normally see, and allow your imagination to come to life. Sure, some designers do have great ideas, and you can use their designs as inspiration, but you should also try to come up with something different. You can consider looking at existing styles, and try to combine them to come up with a brand new style. Say, for example, if you were to combine a classic 1930’s era look with something more modern. This might give you a whole new look that others have not thought about before.
Keep in mind that these are just some ideas, but you can always take classes or some training if you want to improve your skills.
Get Familiar with Sewing & Fabrics
A fashion designer should know a little sewing as well, but it is equally important to get to know fabrics. Fabrics is what could make or break your design. You need to know everything from textures, materials, and patterns. In terms of materials, there are quite a few to choose from like cotton, flax, wool, ramie, denim, leather, fur, and silk. But you should probably experiment with synthetic materials or cotton before attempting to use more expensive types of materials.
Be sure to remember that you no longer have to worry so much about driving around just to find materials because the internet is available. Just make sure that you find a trustworthy site that sells high-quality fabrics.
Now, onto the sewing, which is not the simplest tasks to undertake, but thankfully you do not have to be perfect. Keep in mind that you are just the designer. You just have to bring your idea to life and get help from professionals afterwards. Of course, it would be easier for you, especially if you are just a beginner to master sewing so that you can model your designs and advertise your work better.
You can take some classes to learn to master sewing, but just remember a few pointers, like the fact that it is important to pre-wash and dry your fabrics before you start sewing. This is because some fabrics tend to shrink after washing, so it is better to start with a more accurate size of the fabric. Be sure to iron the fabric if needed.
As you can see, there are a few reasons you should learn how to sew and the basics of design before you get started on your hobby or career.