When it comes to sewing, I know many of us look forward to the designing part of it as much as the actual sewing! But, if you’re like me and sketching is not your forte, drawing up your ideas can be somewhat disenchanting. While I sometimes still plan out my ideas by way of a pencil and notebook, I’ve found a much more useful (and exciting!) way to draft out my creations!
Last summer I got a Surface Pro 3 and it uses Microsoft Windows 8 which is a touchscreen windows, and one of the feature on it is a program called OneNote. It works like a virtual notebook where you can insert a picture, jot down ideas, and so much more! (Don’t have MS Windows 8? Don’t worry…keep scrolling below to ‘Sketchbook’!)
How to Sketch Fashion Designs with OneNote.
With OneNote, you can use my favorite tool: Screen Clipping. This allows you to custom screen clip what you want, add it to OneNote, and from there you can draft or take notes around your screen clipping. I start most of my designs here. If, say, you were designing a cosplay outfit, you could clip a pic of the character as a reference and post all your pattern and fabric ideas and other various musings around your screen clipping!
Here’s another example of how you could use Screen Clipping and OneNote together: You find a fabric that you think will be perfect for that dress idea you have. In this instance, I am using a fabric by Kokka via Plush Addict. I clip the enlarged image of the fabric, open OneNote then right click and press paste and, huzzah, there’s your dream fabric! You could then do a quick draft of your dress, on top of your fabric clipping, then go back over the areas like the neckline and armscyes with a thick white pen and erase the parts that don’t fit in the bodice.
How to add fabric design to your sketch:
- Clip enlarged image of the fabric.
- Open OneNote, right click and press Paste.
- Place or draw dress sketch on top of fabric image.
- Use a white pen to erase fabric that does not fit within dress sketch.
But some of you are thinking, “Well, I don’t have Microsoft Windows 8.” What else could I use? I’ve gotcha covered! I’ve stumbled upon an app called Sketchbook that works with not only Windows devices, but also with the iPhone, iPad, and most likely other smartphone devices! After downloading Sketchbook, it gives you a few options for what version of Sketchbook you would like to use.
I use Essentials because it’s free and has a good amount of features. All of your brushes are on the left, and you can change the color, size, and opacity here. I like using the pencil for my drawing. To set up, I start by clicking on the protractor/ ruler at the top of the screen. From there I click on the vertical symmetry and closed intersection options. And then I start designing!
How to Sketch your fashion Design in Sketchbook:
- Select Pencil or Brush size for basic drawing.
- Click Protractor / Ruler for symmetrical image on top of the screen.
- Choose Vertical & Closed Intersection options.
- Start drawing.
- Fill in design with airbrush, adjusting brush size and opacity.
This combination allows you to completely mimic one side of your designing on the other side so it looks a lot neater than if you were to, say, draw it out completely by hand in a notebook. After I finish my outline I click the airbrush tool, adjust the size, opacity and colors and fill in my garment! I downloaded the program on my girls’ iPads and they make designs for me to make too! It’s so cute!
So after I’ve made your design in Sketchbook, I like to bring it up in OneNote to figure out all my details. I even found this great website which has a lot of free fashion croquis templates which is a great starting point for planning out your drawings as well!
After you finish making your sketches, you can save them as images to your computer so you can bring them up in various programs, or you could even email them. It’s such a fun and new way to design! I hope you’re inspired to give it a go too!
hugs and stitches,