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Drawing Fashion Flats: Designing Construction Details

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Make hand-drawn technical garment drawings to scale with professional tips and tricks. Discover how to create sketches that highlight dimension and construction details.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Laura Volpintesta
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Bodice, Necklines & Sleeves
4. Classic Shirt
5. Notched-Collar Jacket
6. Pleats, Flares & Gathers
7. Waistbands, Pockets & More

Taught by

Laura Volpintesta
Laura Volpintesta
Laura Volpintesta began teaching fashion design and illustration at Parsons School of Design shortly after graduating in 1995. As a freelance illustrator and technical designer, she's worked for companies such as Ann Taylor, Bebe, Target, Chico's and Old Navy. She is the author of The Language of Fashion Design and co-author of the Fashion Design Reference and Specification Manual.

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