RECENT TUTORIALS

DRAFTING A HALTER NECK SWIMWEAR PATTERN

In this tutorial I demonstrate how to transform the high-rise basic leotard block into a halter-neck swimwear pattern, using Adobe illustrator... Read more

DRAFTING AN ASYMMETRIC LEOTARD PATTERN

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to transform a basic Leotard block by adding an asymmetric, single-arm neckline and chevron paneling. ... Read more

DRAFTING A BIKINI SWIMWEAR SEWING PATTERN

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to transform a basic swimwear block into a bikini set with two different bikini bottom styles... Read more

CUSTOMISING THE LENGTH OF AN A-LINE DRESS

In this tutorial, we demonstrate how to lengthen or shorten a Basic A-line dress block pattern, created in a previous tutorial... Read more

DRAFTING AN A-LINE DRESS

Learn how to draft an A-line dress in Adobe Illustrator using our DesignLab.London knee-length basic dress block pattern (UK4-24)... 

MATCHING PATTERN NOTCHES

Learn how to match and mark pattern notches, in Adobe illustrator, using two very different techniques. A must-see tutorial!

CURVING DARTS

Learn how to add curvature to your darts using a handy little tool in Adobe Illustrator. It's quick, easy, and creates a far better fitting basic block!

ADDING A DART CAP

Learn three different ways to add a dart cap to a digital basic block in Adobe Illustrator.

Tutorial suggestion - CAAMCreative

DIGITAL BASIC BLOCKS & FASHION PRINTS

Learn how to preview, scale & engineer digital prints, using Adobe illustrator, to work with full-scale digital sewing patterns.

Tutorial suggestion - Rachel Loveguts

DIGITISING PAPER SEWING PATTERNS

Learn how to turn your hand-drafted paper sewing patterns into full-scale digital patterns, using a scanner & Adobe Illustrator.

Tutorial suggestion - Rachel Lovelock

ADDING A WAISTBAND & POCKETS

In this tutorial, we show you how to create an external waistband and custom pockets using a basic trouser block.

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COURSES

FREE Digital Pattern Making Course
Pattern cutting on your laptop!

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a pattern making platform. Transition from paper pattern making to digital and unlock the endless benefits! Draft patterns anywhere at anytime on your laptop and without the need for large studio spaces. Forget expensive pattern making tools and reams of pattern paper.  Send your digital patterns instantly via email to colleagues, clients and sample studios. It’s a revolution!

More Digital Pattern Making Tutorials
Expand your knowledge of Digital pattern making

Perfected the basics of digital pattern making? Great! Why not check out our other pattern making tutorials? They expand on the  knowledge learn’t in the basic course, allowing you to transform your basic blocks into finished sewing patterns and garments.

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Digital Fashion Illustration
Update your portfolio & illustration skills

Bring your hand-drawn fashion illustrations to life with our digital Fashion illustration course. Learn step-by-step how to import your sketches into Adobe illustrator, transform them into precision digital illustrations to then add colour, texture and much more!

Technical Drawing for Fashion
Update your portfolio & illustration skills

Creating technical drawings of your designs is an essential part of the design process, especially when transforming your designs into an initial pattern or sample. Learn how to create accurate and proportionate technical drawings in Adobe Illustrator.

Fashion Illustration – Leggings
Create your own fabric designs & prints

Learn how to illustrate an adapt one simple leggings illustration into a series of different leggings designs. It’s a great way of designing a large range of similar products quickly and efficiently.

Fashion Illustration – The basics
Learn how to use layers in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial was the very first ever fashion illustration tutorial. It’s as old as we are! It was the inspiration for our more recent fashion illustration courses.  Give it a whirl! It’s still quite relevant and does have some great lessons on using layers in Adobe Illustrator. 

Digtial Print Design in Photoshop
Create your own fabric designs & prints

Have you ever wanted to create your own fabric prints and bring your design ideas to life? If that’s a yes, then this tutorial is for you! Learn digital print design in Adobe Photoshop. Like all of our courses, it’s designed for complete beginners!

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