Adobe Illustrator for Fashion (CAD II): Intermediate Technical Design

, Apparel Designer, Betabrand

Class Project

Construct a detailed set of garment flats

About the Class

This class is a follow up to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion (CAD I): Introduction to Garment Flats. In this class I'll teach you the technical design detailing you’ll need to create professional-grade garment flats in Illustrator, including how to add construction details like darts and hems; how to add colors, patterns and textures to your flats; and how to add advanced fitting techniques like draping and shaping. 

Creating garment flats in Adobe Illustrator is a foundational fashion design skill. Garment flats are how you’ll communicate your fashion ideas to pattern-makers, technical designers, merchandisers, or manufacturers. You’ll also need them for creating tech packs or fashion design portfolios.

What You'll Learn

In this class you’ll learn how to take a basic garment flat and add all the necessary details. We'll cover:

  • Construction Details. How to draw stitches, darts, hems, trims, buttons and zippers.

  • Coloring Details. How to add color to your flats in Adobe Illustrator. 

  • Pattern-Making. How to create swatches to communicate various textures and patterns.

  • Fitting Details. How to add draping and shaping techniques to your flats in Adobe Illustrator.

What You'll Do

You'll be able to apply these skills immediately to your own project: create a high detailed set of garment flats you can share with your classmates for feedback. Looking to get your fashion design produced? Submit your design for funding on Betabrand!

More Information

You’ll need access to Adobe Illustrator. Feel free to download a free 30-day trial at You’ll also need to have a basic understanding of how to generate garment flats in Adobe Illustrator which you can learn here

Level: Intermediate

School: Fashion

Related Subjects: Fashion Design, Adobe Illustrator, Pattern Making, CAD, Garment Flats

At a Glance

  • 8 Video Lessons (1h 12m)
  • 231 Students
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Mickæla Roxas

Mickæla Roxas

Apparel Designer, Betabrand

Mickey is the Junior Graphic Designer for Betabrand. Mickey has endeavored to teach herself the in's and out's of designing - without exhausting her life's savings. From tutorials abou...