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How to Design Clothes

Mukta Gaikwad Feb 14, 2020
To design clothes one needs to understand what appeals to be the users. It takes a serious aptitude to be able to design clothes that are original and desired. You cannot be boring or outdated in this field, which is why the ones who succeed are always the ones who come up with concepts that are unique and outlandish.
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~ Coco Chanel
Don't we all love beautiful clothes? Having the perfect wardrobe, is what every girl dreams of. People covet clothes that enhance subdued characters and reflect hidden personalities. Every time we go out shopping, we look out for clothes that complement our skin color, body structure and the cosmetics in entirety.
It's annoying when we can't find the right outfit for the party or for an important office meeting. Do you find yourself shopping for clothes, according to the designs in your head? What if you could design the clothes you've dreamed about?

Tips for Designing Clothes

Conduct a Survey

You want to design clothes, not just for yourself, but for others too, then you need to conduct a market survey. Know the trends in the market well, before you begin trends. As Oscar Wilde once rightly said, 'fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months'. So, if you want to start your own boutique you need to know what can be sold in the market.

Carve Your Niche

Decide the type of garments or accessories that you want to design. It could be pants, dresses, Indian wear, khadi clothes, shirts, blouses, winter garments, and the list can go on forever. Deciding your niche will help you to focus on your drawing and sketching. It will also help you conduct your survey. If you know your know your area of interest, try out designing clothes online.

Drawing and Sketching

Drawing and sketching play an important role in learning how to design clothes. Drawing will bring your designs into reality, giving your imaginations a practical vision. Work on your drawing skills, to get the human proportions right. The human body figures can pose in whichever way, but the proportions have to be right. Initially, you can draw with a pencil and slowly graduate to using colors and paints.

Sewing and Pattern Making

Every designer has to know how to sew. It is a compulsory tool. Bring a sewing kit and start with small projects of sewing. Sewing on a large flat surface, is the best way of doing it as it provides stability. Once, you get this right, invest in a good sewing machine to further hone your skills. A pattern is a prototype made on a paper.
You must know how to sketch your designs on paper. For this you will need a pattern paper or a newspaper. This way you can make a number of garments in the same size and same style. Trace the pattern on to the fabric, cut it along the edge and then begin sewing. If all of this seems difficult enroll yourself in a sewing class.


Pin up the dress on the mannequin to know how it's going to look. Once you've learned the sewing, you can simply drape the fabric on the mannequin before cutting it. This will allow you to make modifications in your designs before actually making it.
Designing clothes is all about having a vision and an unbeatable imagination. It also requires continuous trial and error, and staying abreast with the present fashion trends and the ones that may appear in the near future. Good luck!