Fashion Design Series: Fabric Exploration & Garment Design | Michal Cohen | Skillshare

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Fashion Design Series: Fabric Exploration & Garment Design

teacher avatar Michal Cohen, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Fabric Swatching

    • 4. Selecting Fabric for Collection

    • 5. Design Process

    • 6. Design Looks without fabric pt1

    • 7. Design Looks without fabric pt2

    • 8. Design Looks with fabric

    • 9. Design Looks Finalizing Selected Look

    • 10. Prep Designs for Rendering

    • 11. What's Next?

    • 12. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class we will learn about fabric and its role in the design process and we will design three looks using our mood and inspiration boards from the first class in the series (Fashion Design Series: Mood Boards.) We will review and select fabric, as well as establish our color story and then design three looks for our mini collection.

Our project for this class is to select 6-8 fabrics, and to design 3-6 looks for our mini collection.

This class is geared toward beginner and intermediate students, and anyone looking to learn more about the fashion design process. Prior knowledge and experience is not required.

Let’s design!


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Michal Cohen



Hi! Welcome!

I'm Michal and I teach fashion illustration and design classes. When I'm not teaching on Skillshare you can find me working on my own art practice here in Bethesda, MD, drawing fashion illustrations, designing shoes and logos, and hanging out with my twin sister, and our two adorable cats!

I love fashion, art, cats, nature, and photography.

I look forward to sharing with you my love and skills for illustration and design.

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1. Intro: Hello, my dear fashion students and welcome back to Fashion Design Series Part 2, fabric exploration and garment design. I'm Michal and in today's class, we are going to explore fabric, select our fabric and begin designing. We will design a logo with fabric and a look without fabric all the while using our awesome moodboard and inspiration board from the first part of the series. Later in the class, we will also take our finalized designs and prepare them for rendering, which we will do in the third part of the series, along with creating flats to correspond with our final designs. And then in the fourth part of the series, we will take all our designs, our flats, our inspiration, mood board and fabric board, and put it all together for presentation and portfolio. So let's get started. 2. Project: The project for this class is to design three to six looks of a mini collection based on the demographic, season and theme you established in the first part of the series. You will use your mood board and your inspiration board to design your collection, as well as the fabrics we will select in the first part of this class. We will then take the final designs we've selected and clean them up in Photoshop to prepare for rendering. Rendering and flats will be completed in the third part of the series. So gather your moodboard, your inspiration board, your templates and pencils. And let's get started by selecting the fabric for collection. I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Fabric Swatching: When it comes to swatching fabrics, we can either swatch in store or online. Alternatively, you may have fabric from previous projects where you know, people who have swatches of fabric and you can pull from there when it comes to swatching and store if you've never done it before, make sure you are prepared. So you want to know that you have the season that you're designing for, the inspiration, the demographic and so forth. And speak with an associate there. You can't just come in with your scissors and starts Cutting little bits of fabric for yourself. Some stores will require you to buy an eighth of a yard as a minimum by of a certain fabric. Others may give you a swatch. That's you about a square so that you can kind of at least have a sense. And as your swatching and store, really make sure you take notes, types of fabric, the fabric content so that you can have a clear sense of if you want to go back and buy it, isn't, is it appropriate for the season or if you need to look for it elsewhere. Alternatively, you can swatch for fabrics online. I have used this method when certain fabric stores near me don't have what I'm looking for. If they're really specific, like some of the fuzzy offers, fake furs I should mention, or certain trims like Ryan Stones, gemstones, ribbons and stuff. And if you don't have fabric stores near you. So some of those sites I'm recommending that I've used in the past for not only swatching, but actually getting fabric and trim. Our mood fabrics, distinctive fabrics and m, j trim and I will have those links for you in the class description so you can get to those easily. But this is an easy way as you're doing your research, as you're looking online. This is an easy way for you to get swatches for this project and not have to get to a store if there isn't one near you and it's also for convenience purposes, of course, nothing replaces going in store and actually feeling the fabrics, having them against your skin and looking at the colors, putting it against your moodboard and inspiration board to see if it kinda fits and learning more about the different types of fabrics. So I encourage you if you have a store near you to go in and explore. But as you can see, there is such an insane beautiful variety of fabrics to, from and source online. So now that we've kind of covered are options to how we can source fabric. We are going to select fabric for our collection and I will share what I've considered and the fabrics I'm choosing for my fall. Couture, Mad Max inspired women's collection. 11. What's Next?: Now that we have our fabric selected, we have our mood board and our inspiration board, and we have R3 to six looks, finalized and cleaned up in Photoshop. We are ready to start rendering our designs and preparing corresponding flats four looks, all that will be explored in the third part of the series. I can't wait to see your designs and to get started on flats and rendering. 12. Final Thoughts: Well, my dear fashion students, that concludes fashion design theories part 2, fabric exploration and garment design. I look forward to seeing your fabric selections and your sketches of your mini collections in the project gallery. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the class, feel free to post them in our discussion board. I look forward to exploring flats and rendering our designs with you in the third part of this series. Until then, thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this class and I will see you next time.