Draping is the art of manipulating fabric directly on the dress form in 3D. It is the most creative way for a designer to turn design ideas into reality. Start with our beginner lessons designed to provide a solid foundation. From there, move to our intermediate level lessons and then on to our advanced level. You will learn the art of draping from the experts
Our online sewing video lessons cover everything from learning how to thread a sewing machine to learning how to sew one of the most challenging materials of all, leather. Whether you prefer a home sewing machine or are an accomplished industrial machine user, our sewing lessons teach you basic, intermediate and advanced sewing techniques.
Our online fashion drawing, rendering and illustration video lessons will help you realize your designs on paper and make an artist out of you. Being able to communicate your design ideas to others is a critical step to becoming a successful fashion designer
Whether your interest is women’s men’s, tween, infant, toddler or children’s, it all starts with learning how to draw the fashion croquis. A fashion croquis is a rough sketch used as the foundation in fashion drawing and presents a slightly elongated figure compared to real life body proportions.
Our Computer Assisted Design (CAD) lessons teach you how to design using sophisticated, but readily available, computer software and other tools. You will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator® for Flats, Adobe Photoshop® for Surface Design and Adobe InDesign® lessons to create line sheets and your portfolio. These lessons were created with the fashion designer, fashion merchandiser and product developer/technical designer in mind.
Pattern making enables you to translate your designs, by hand, from a single prototype into one (or many millions) of final products. It's a critical input into the manufacturing process for your designs.
Lessons range from drafting various sleeves, collars, skirts and pants to more complex lessons like drafting patterns from body measurements and how to draft a series of knit slopers.
CAD Pattern making enables you to translate your designs, using sophisticated computer software and other tools, from a single prototype into one (or many millions) of final products. It's a critical input into the manufacturing process for your designs.
If you are interested in designing a successful collection, our product development lessons will teach you how to strategically approach and plan out your collection to achieve your personal and commercial goals. Our product development lessons will help you to take advantage of prevailing market trends and opportunities, while protecting you from market and competitive risks.
The business of fashion combines creative thinking with analytical skills. Our business lessons include videos directed to business owners, retail buyers, merchandisers and marketers...or those wishing to become one. They provide crucial knowledge about retail math, profit & loss, creating a merchandising plan, branding, licensing and marketing.
If you’re new to fashion business, start with Basic Math Concepts, Understanding Retail Profit & Loss and Creating a Retail Merchandise Plan. Then, tackle our licensing series, followed by our marketing and branding videos. Finish up with our 3-part Fashion Start-Up 101 series.
Let our experts teach you about the fashion industry. Learn how famous designers started their fashion dynasties. Learn about retailing, branding, licensing and marketing, textiles, trend forecasting, costume history, color theory and leather tanning. Take tours of interesting fashion museums and visit onsite fashion industry events. We even provide tips on putting together a fashion portfolio for applying to a top fashion school.
Our knit lessons include cut & sew knits as well as the art of hand-knitting. Begin with our introduction to knit fabrics and knit fabric principles. Here you will learn about knit structure, stretch ratio and how to choose the best knit fabric for a particular design. Then, apply this knowledge and create your own set of knit slopers for the different knit stretch ratios. Complete your knit studies by learning how to create a hand-knit poncho scarf and a knit sweater.
Childrenswear encompasses all clothing products for children, from infants to "tweens". Childrenswear usually meets a wide range of uses, from play to school to party or beach clothing. The latter uses will often determine the choices of styling, fabric/material, construction and even color range.
Our accessories discipline encompasses product design for handbags, totes, shoes and the category known in the industry as SLG, or "small leather goods", that is, wallets, belts, mobile phone cases, key chains, etc.
Using Adobe Photoshop, you will learn how to use Photoshop's many tools and functions to design interesting and useful accessories. You will also learn about materials, hardware, terminology and technological terms, as they relate to the anatomy of handbags, belts, shoes and small leather goods.