S2. EP2. Leggings Fashion Illustrations – Transforming hand-drawn sketches into digital fashion illustrations

S2. EP2. Leggings Fashion Illustrations – Transforming hand-drawn sketches into digital fashion illustrations

S2. EP2. Leggings Fashion Illustrations – Transforming hand-drawn sketches into digital fashion illustrations

In this episode we take a closer look at the hand-drawn fashion sketches that we created in episode 1. We’ve selected eight final leggings designs that we’ll now transform into dynamic, digital, fashion illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Transferring them to Adobe Illustrator allows us to quickly duplicate them with ease. We can then add colour, texture and print to efficiently create hundreds of variations based on the original designs. This is important, because when we come to finalise our prints we have a range of leggings that we can add them to to create our final designs. Once we have the final designs, we can then make our selections and start sampling.

This blog post looks at hand-drawn sketched versus digital design and how they can be used side by side to speed up your design process. This is also the next step in our process when it comes to designing a range of leggings sewing patterns.

Digital Fashion Illustrations – Outline & design details

The first step in the process of digitalising our leggings fashion illustrations is creating the outline and design details or panelling. We use various line thicknesses to represent various parts of the design. A thick line is added to the outline or finished edges of the leggings. A medium-thick line represents the seams or panels that make up the design. A thin line represents creases or position of the knee. When all these lines are combined, they create depth and a greater understanding of how the leggings blocks might be sampled.

Digital Fashion Illustrations – Colour, texture & print

The final step in the process of digitalisation is to add colours, textures and print. We do this by creating fillable areas from the panels. Each panel can be filled individually with a colour, print or texture. Grouping these panels allows us to add colour in bulk and to areas that have already been established as visually appealing.

DOWNLOAD: Want to play with these designs? Download the fully-editable design pack and open it in Adobe Illustrator to have full access. You can then change colours, adjust the panels and create your own set of designs- a great tool for designing your own leggings variations!

Creating a line up allows us to build a range of designs that work in harmony with one another. They are held together using a common colour palette. You can see the colour palette in the bottom left of the image below.

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What’s next: digital fashion illustration?

In the next episode, we’ll start developing our print inspiration into a range of full-scale, digital, repeat prints, using Adobe Illustrator. We’ll then combine these prints with our fashion illustrations to create gorgeous designs, displayed in a line up, ready for selection and sampling. 

 

 Made-to-measure leggings patterns

Create a profile, add your measurements and design your basic leggings block. We’ll then draft it for you in seconds for you to download either as a multi-page PDF or a fully-editable SVG file –  compatible in Adobe Illustrator.

Graded Leggings Block UK 4 – 24

Want a ready-to-wear set of editable leggings patterns that you can edit in Adobe Illustrator or any other SVG editing suite?  Check out our sister site DesignLab and get the entire set of standard sizes in our Pattern Pack.

SE 2. EP 1. Fashion Design Leggings: Image Inspiration & Initial Fashion Sketches.

SE 2. EP 1. Fashion Design Leggings: Image Inspiration & Initial Fashion Sketches.

SE 2. EP 1. Fashion Design Leggings: Image Inspiration & Initial Fashion Sketches.

To celebrate the release of our latest made-to-measure pattern, the basic leggings block, we’ve decided to design a range of high-stretch leggings that we’ll eventually sample up and showcase with a photoshoot. Watch the video below to see the whole process and understand what ideas and concepts have inspired our designs.

 Made-to-measure leggings patterns

Create a profile, add your measurements and design your basic leggings block. We’ll then draft it for you in seconds for you to download either as a multi-page PDF or a fully-editable SVG file –  compatible in Adobe Illustrator.

Graded Leggings Block UK 4 – 24

Want a ready-to-wear set of editable leggings patterns that you can edit in Adobe Illustrator or any other SVG editing suite?  Check out our sister site DesignLab and get the entire set of standard sizes in our Pattern Pack.

Imagery & Mood Boards

To start the design process, we collate inspiring imagery found on Pinterest into a series of mood boards that refine our ideas into more cohesive themes or concepts.

For this project, we have been inspired by design details such as hidden pockets, waistbands, leg hem styles and body panelling. A strong theme for modern leggings is the use of bold dramatic prints and colours. This concept has also inspired us to come up with three separate print concepts: neo tropical (large diagram below), hyper shapes and hyper-real.

Like our mood boards? Feel free to download the original PDF files straight to your desktop. Click here.

Fashion Illustrations/ Sketches

Using these mood boards as inspiration, we then sketched around 25 legging designs, using Pret-a-Template fashion templates as a drawing template. This speeds up the process of design considerably, allowing us to focus on the design, rather than redrawing the female form over and over again. From this collection we choose 9 of our favourite designs.

What’s next: digital fashion illustration?

In the next episode, we will turn our fashion illustrations, or hand-drawn sketches, into gorgeous digital illustrations or outlines using Adobe Illustrator. We’ll also start to add colours and experiment with the three print concepts. This will bring our designs to life and give us a better understanding of what they finished samples will look like.

Editing the measurements of basic blocks drafted using standard size charts

Editing the measurements of basic blocks drafted using standard size charts

Editing the measurements of basic blocks drafted using standard size charts

Vladimir would like to know how to edit the measurements of basic blocks drafted using our standard size charts, post purchase. That’s a great question and something that we originally didn’t offer. However, after this question was posed, just under a month ago, we’ve managed to add this rather useful functionality. Not only that, but this feature now works for all existing basic blocks and orders that have been drafted using our standard size charts. So, thank you Vladimir for your great suggestion! Check out the video tutorial below to see exactly how you can utilise this great new functionality.

Question:

Hi PatternLab… I’ve drafted my block using a standard EU size, however, I would like to edit the standard measurements post purchase. Is it possible? I found a guide on your website but I can´t see the option edit standard measurements.

Vladimir H

 

Answer:

Yes, you certainly can edit the measurements of a block drafted using our standard size charts.

1. Make sure that you are logged in to your account.
2. Navigate to My Library=
3. Select the order you wish to edit by clicking the EDIT PREVIEW & DOWNLOAD button. Ideally, edit a basic block drafted using our standard size charts. You can also edit the measurements of basic blocks drafted using a profile or unique set of measurements.
4. Click the EDIT MEASUREMENTS button located in the top left area of the order page.
5. Next, locate the measurement you wish to change in the list and add your new value using the input box.
6. Finally, click the DONE button at the top of the page and you’re done. PatternLab will then redraft your block, with the new measurement, ready for download. Simple!”

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How to change the measurements on existing profile or order

How to change the measurements on existing profile or order

Abi wants to know how edit the measurements of an existing order or pattern. Ths is something we get asked a lot and it’s relatively simple if you know where to look. This tutorial should answer this question, but if anything is unclear then please feel free to leave us a comment.

Question:

Abi – Hi, I purchased a few ePatterns last June. Is there a way to edit them with new measurements? I did not see a way to do this on the website. Thanks!

 

Answer:

Yes, you certainly can change the measurements of an existing ePattern or PDF order.
1. Make sure that you are logged in to your account.
2. Navigate to the My Account> My Library page. If you have a few orders the page might take a bit of time to load.
3. Find the order you wish to edit from the list of existing orders.
4. Click the “Edit, Preview, Download” button on the correct order to open the pattern draft. 
5. In the top left corner click the “Edit measurements” button.
6. A popup similar to the profile page will appear. You can now amend any of the measurements. Please note the Bust, Waist and Hip measurements can only be altered a maximum of three times.
7. Once you have corrected you measurements you can do one of three things:
– Click the “Done” button to redraft the pattern and preview your changes.
– Click the “Copy to Profile” button to save your adjustments back to the existing profile.
– Click the “Create new Profile” button to create a new profile with the adjustments, this will not affect the existing profile.
8. You can do this as many times as you wish for no extra charge. Enjoy!

Learn digital pattern making

Learn how to customise your made-to-measure basic blocks and slopers using Adobe Illustrator as a pattern making platform, using our in depth video tutorials. It’s completely free!

Dart Manipulation & Waist position

Dart Manipulation & Waist position

Dart Manipulation & Waist position

We recently received an email from Minna, asking us some important questions about her recently purchased made-to-measure basic torso block. We felt it was a fantastic question and something that we could help with.

 

Question:

Hi,
I recently created and downloaded a thigh-length base torso from your wonderful service – but something seems to be not right with the piece.

When I move/close the chest dart the bust line is broken and not straight. Plus the waistline and hem are not 90° to CF or CB

I have attached an image of the pattern as it is + with the chest dart moved.

Am I missing something here?
Minna

 

Answer:

Broken bust line:
Not to worry this is also correct. You are closing the dart using the dart point and not the bust point. Try the dart rotation once more, but this time use the bust point. This is a small dot located after the bust dart. Take a look at our video tutorial. This will show you how to correctly manipulate the dart. If you follow this technique then the bust line will match perfectly.

Waistline:
Please don’t worry, this is perfectly correct. We have bust expansion formulas built into our blocks to accommodate for a large range of unique sizes/ measurements. We use the “Front SNP to waist” and the “Back SNP to waist” measurements (among others) to determine the size of the bust. If the Back SNP to waist measurement is smaller than the front then the waistline will be higher at the back than the front. This is what you are seeing on your block. Your SNP to waist is larger on the front than the back, therefore, the slightly diagonal waist line. This feature creates an accurately fitting block and prevents a sway back issue, that can be found on most standardised blocks which use an equal Front SNP to waist and back SNP to waist measurement.

Learn digital pattern making

Learn how to customise your made-to-measure basic blocks and slopers using Adobe Illustrator as a pattern making platform, using our in depth video tutorials. It’s completely free!

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