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with Laura Volpintesta
Online Class

Drawing Fashion Flats: Designing Construction Details

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Create accurate, proportional garment line sketches with technical drawing for fashion techniques. Parsons School of Design fashion instructor Laura Volpintesta will teach you how to add depth, volume and detail to clothing sketches to aid in your design, patternmaking and construction process. Build your skills as you draw the foundations for shirts, jackets, skirts, pants and more. Create your designs using the provided body templates and learn to convey volume and construction specifics with line weight. Start sketching a simple shift dress and pair of pants. Then, stretch your techniques with a classic shirt drawing, featuring armholes, seam lines and sleeves. Move on to a sophisticated tailored jacket, and take your details to the next level of style by drawing pleats, ruffles and cascades. Finally, complete your drawings like a professional with finishing details such as zippers, fly fronts, pockets and cuffs.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h58m

Included in this Class

1. Drawing to Scale

1. Drawing to Scale

Meet designer Laura Volpintesta and learn how fashion flats are used in the industry and by home sewers. Use these detailed sketches to experiment with designs, bring unity to a line of clothing and record ideas. Warm up with some sketching exercises, then dive into drawing a skirt to scale!

2. Shift Dress & Pants

2. Shift Dress & Pants

Start working with a croquis, or body template, to sketch garments. Laura has included three with your class materials. You'll see how varying line weights convey different aspects of the garment and also add depth to your sketch. Practice drawing a shift dress and pants along with Laura.

3. Bodice, Necklines & Sleeves

3. Bodice, Necklines & Sleeves

Turn your shift dress drawing from Lesson 2 into a bodice sloper and begin adding design details, playing with seam lines, armholes, sleeves and necklines. So much faster than sewing mockups! You'll also want to design the back view of your garments. Laura shows you how.