While designing clothes needs artistic skills it is also a skill, which can be learned to perfection. There is a big difference between designing and drawing clothes, and this difference can be a big deciding factor on the career path you choose. While drawing clothes is just putting your ideas into drawing, designing clothes is more comprehensive and conveys a particular lifestyle. It involves creating colors and silhouettes into new fabrics, which complete the lifestyle perfectly. Designing not only needs talent but you also need to follow some rules, if you want to get a well-designed and researched collection.
Research is vital
The most significant part in a design process is researching as much as you can about your customer. You need to have images of the life of your customer. Know what she does daily, during the weekend and at her workplace and the money she earns. Also find out about her preferences in clothes and the type of dress she wears. When you know as much as you can about your customer, you will be able to create a design that she will certainly buy. When you create the designs, make sure to include the images and the research, so you can give a comprehensive presentation.
Color palette should match
Pick out a color palette that is consistent with the interests of your customer. The pictures you have created along with other inspirational ideas you have regarding the design should be displayed clearly on a board. For instance, if you are inspired by seaside beauty, you need to include beaches, foliate, cuisine of a seaside place and add in the pictures you have of the customer. The color palette needs to be consistent with the shopping habits of your customer. The colors should blend well and contain a harmonious fusion of base, neutral and accent colors.
When you design, make sure it is realistic and can be worn actually by the customer. Design lengths and dimensions that suit your customer aptly. The sewing method also makes a great deal of difference to the design. I usually use my serger for the exclusive design, which I do myself to get the authentic and actual appearance I had designed. The trim, buttons and other details need to be perfect and inspired to get the beautiful look you had aimed at. And remember that the price needs to be factored in while you design the details. The more intricate the details you add, the more expensive the dress from the design will be.
Having different silhouettes is necessary, while you present the design. The lifestyle of the customer dictates the type of clothing and style she needs. Having a mix of stripes, plaids, prints and solids is necessary to maintain the balance and give a diversified choice for the customer to choose from. The fabrics should be chosen likewise. Include leather, chiffon and other fabric varieties and design in such a way that they complement each other.
Designing is as you can see not a simple case of drawing an idea that had come to your mind. There are so many aspects to be taken care of, before you get down to the actual design creation.