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From Design to Production Masterclass

teacher avatar Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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5 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Your Moodboard

    • 3. The Different Styles of Swimwear

    • 4. Fabric

    • 5. Sourcing

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About This Class


Design and Produce your own Swimwear Collection in this 2 part Master Class 

If you have always wanted to create your very own line of swimwear but simply don't know where to start, this master class can help you. From finding inspiration to sending a complete design to the factories. In this first part of the Master Class, you will learn how to :

- Target your market and know which price range to fall into

- Create a consumer driven line

- Understand fabric and Sourcing

In Addition you will receive research on SS17 Swimwear Trends and Colours. After taking this class you will have a comprehensive understanding of how to start designing a swimsuit collection and have it factory ready for production.

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Sharon Mapuvire

Anything Is Possible


Hello everyone, my name is Sharon Mapuvire and I'm a freelance fashion designer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Skillshare team invited me to be a part of the teaching community and I felt it would be a great platform to share my skills and talent because I have developed easy ways of painting and drawing portraits. Making it possible for anyone to start painting portraits today. 

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1. Intro: Hi, guys. My name is Sharon And if you've ever wanted to start your own assisted collection but didn't know how this must classic and help from start to finish from design to production for the first parts of the master class I'm limited you how to create your own trend and market research for a season. We're gonna look at the top trends off spoon summer 2017. From the silhouettes to the shapes to the colors, we're gonna look at the top breads from luxury side too fast Fascist side. I'm gonna break it down for you. So you understand pricing. Look at Pantone color reports, which covers old top colors off the season. On top of that, I'm gonna teach you how to create your own world board. From this professional images to Prince colors, I'm also gonna cover fabric and sourcing really important. So let's get started 2. Your Moodboard: I could say I forever following you. So now we're gonna create a mood board. A moon boot is comprised off images that inspired you, prince or fabrics, fabric swatches and the colors. So when it comes to the actual mood that you wanted to convey with your collection, you have to ask yourself, What do I want my collection to say? What is the message that I want to convey with this collection? Don't it to be a sweet collection or sexy one for the modern woman? What do I want to see? Have to look for images that inspired what inspires you. You inspired by history. Perhaps you'd like to look back at swimwear from, like the thirties or forties, or you inspired by nature good at Pinterest and look at all the pictures and images there. That's the best place to find inspiration when it comes to a collection. Perhaps you inspired by such a lifestyle that you want to convey. Maybe you want to do a vintage inspired collection. Or perhaps you inspired by Sue. Let's you look at the seventies or the eighties. Maybe you want Teoh right me on colors from the 80 so would like bold statements that we saw in 90 swimwear. So once you have all a few inspiration images, we cannot move onto your prints Now for Prince, If you don't know how to create prints, don't be so scared about it. You can, either by your prints from shutter stock. We can create simple prints from just one icon, and you repeat it just like, for example, with this prints with the eyes. It's just one eye and it was repeated, and that's basically a prince. Or you can use photographs to create Prince. I can show you how I use some photographs. I used this photograph for incentive, created print quickly and for the shop just to show you how you can do it, and I placed it over bikini. It was done very quickly, and if I could do it, you can do it with photographs of you've taken. And you can even mix photographs to create a prince so you can either play your print in illustrator or you draw it. Or you can use photographs that you've taken to create a really great prince. Backs fits in with your collection. Once you have your prints it's time to pick your colors. Now keep in mind the Pantone color reports. That's we went over in the previous class with our market research. Just keep in mind the colors that are in train drive now and then creates your own palette for your collection. I like to stick to about five colors. I'll have three main colors, my three primary colors and then to secondary colors. Three. Make colors that I'll pick who pretty much show up in every piece. So most of the pieces and the secondary calls, or just to compliment those colors do not use too many colors also, because colors affect the cost of production. Okay, and that is our inspiration wardens, our mood boards. Now he could start to design good luck, take it easy and enjoy the process. 3. The Different Styles of Swimwear: way have so many different styles. So I wanted to do a quick introduction to the most popular ones that we have in the market , so help you get an idea of where you want to take your own collection. There's a tankini, which is a top and a bottom, and the tough is usually attack. Top posts tripped up Obando, which is gathered a typed in the middle of the bust, and it can come as a bikini or in a one piece I maternity suit for the pregnant women. But if you're gonna try the style, make sure you understand stretch fabric really well. A one piece, very popular a bikini, fun and easy to create. You always want to include bikini in your collection and ah Holt, which is tied around the neck. 4. Fabric: once you're done with design, then we can move on to production, and I'm gonna carry on with production all the way through to the second master class. So most mustard fabric have a fabric content off 80 to 90% of Polly might or polyester or night from the rest of the 10 to 20% is of spandex or Lycra or lasting. First question you probably have is what is the difference between palla Might and polyester? Some pretty much the same, right? Well, the difference is polyamide absorbs more water, dry, slower and feel softer, which basically means it costs more. Whereas polyester is hydrophobic, which means it's awards resistant dries faster, and it's much more tweets. And the difference between spandex Lycra The last thing would be worst. Spandex is used only in the states and the world. The last thing is used worldwide. Lycra is DuPont's friend off a lasting or spandex into pond is a fabric manufacturer. So what it really comes down to is your budgets. How much can you afford? You can afford more, then, by what costs more. When it comes to lining, always choose, then lining with similar properties as your main fabric. For example, if you made fabric is 80% nylon, 20% Hispanics then try to get and lining. That is closer to those same amount of properties. 80% to 20% could be 70 or 30 but he has to have the same nylon and spandex in its. And if you want to do a figure hiking effects, you can use problem ish as an option for lightning. Lightning is that it's been assessed gonna use. You don't have to use it. Hopefully, that's enough to help you select your fabric according to your designs, and now we're gonna move on to sourcing. 5. Sourcing: There are a few things that you need to consider before you start sourcing of fabric. Think of this as your checklist, and the first thing on your checklist is quantities and always order the minimum quantity when sampling. Just in case you end up not liking that fabric that you've already bought. Find out about Harrell. It's gonna take from when you place the order to them discovering it, because that could greatly affect your production schedule. Ask about repeat orders. Some fabric is not pretty maid. She had to find out if they already have more of that fabric feed. To make repeat orders, Compare your prices. Compare with the wholesalers and the mills, compared compared compare fabric with is dependent on pricing. So you need to know with your pats and how much off the fabric with did you need. Because every fabric is different and has different widths, So be aware of this. So now you need to ask yourself where in the world. So I want to source my fabric, and you need to weigh the pros and the cons to go to Asia. Advantages. It's usually no cost but disadvantage communication barriers, which can slow down production and slow down shipping in Europe, usually high quality, but it costs more. So Be aware. If you want to produce in America, there's better communication but higher costs and less choice of fabric when you compare it to the other regions. So you need to take this into consideration when you're trying to figure out where do you want to buy your fabric? Here are a few sites, but she can check out for sourcing we connect. Fashion dot com is amazing for startups. It will provide me with so much information that she needs for sourcing text. Also START column is also comprehensive. Website off different textile factories all over the world Whatever you can possibly think off, or just goto alibaba dot com for your hardware or even also to find packages and wholesalers. Good luck with your sourcing.