Adobe Illustrator for Fashion (CAD I): Introduction to Garment Flats

Mickaela Roxas, Graphic Design, Calligraphy

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14 Videos (1h 15m)
    • Trailer

    • Getting Started With Illustrator

    • Selection Tools & Creating Shapes

    • Basic Coloring & Arrangement

    • Unit 1 Deliverable

    • Unit 2.1: Introducing the Pen Tool

    • Unit 2.2: Align & Distribution

    • Unit 2.3: Reflect & Grouping

    • Unit 3.1: The Mirroring Technique Part 1

    • Unit 3.2: The Mirroring Technique Part 2

    • Unit 3.3: Going Further - Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt Part 1

    • Unit 3.4: Going Further - Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt Part 2

    • Unit 4.1: Designing Flats for Bottoms Part 1

    • Unit 4.2: Designing Flats for Bottoms Part 2


About This Class

Creating a garment flat in Adobe Illustrator is the most foundational skill a fashion designer needs to know. A garment flat is a basic digital sketch that displays a garment as if it were laid "flat". It's used to communicate your design idea technically - whether that's to a pattern-maker, technical designer, merchandiser, or manufacturer. Garment flats are also a must-have in any tech pack or fashion design portfolio.

What You'll Learn

In this class I'm going to teach you all the techniques, tips and tricks I wish I knew as a beginner. We'll cover:

  • Illustrator Tools. How to use pen and circle tools needed to create a garment flat.

  • Basic Shapes. How to create the lines and curves that make up a garment flat.

  • Flats for Tops. A more detailed understanding of creating garment flats for tops.

  • Flats for Bottoms. A more detailed understanding of creating garment flats for bottoms.

What You'll Do

You'll be able to apply these skills immediately to your own project: creating a 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

127 of 127 students recommendSee All

Good for beginners.
Jan Bures

Graphic designer & drawing artist

Very Informative and intuitive
great class!





Mickaela Roxas

Graphic Design, Calligraphy


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 about up-cycling flannel shirts to customizable stuffed-toys, Mickey provides advice that comes straight from her experience as an inspired rookie lost in a world of professionals. Her work and tutorials have been featured on several occasions including The Oakland Tribune,, and 

Follow her on Instagram: @zhmickey, or visit

Betabrand is an apparel company headquartered in San Francisco, CA. By gathering suggestions and ideas from a broad customer base through its Think Tank, Betabrand can take designs from the concept stage to final, retail-ready products in 4-6 months via lean production cycle and local production.

Some notable Betabrand products include:

Betabrand is also known for releasing several new products every week, in contrast to other apparel brands that typically release product collections on a seasonal cycle.