Inspired Fashion Design: Sketching Collections

Dmitry Sholokhov, Owner and Creative Director, Dmitry Sholokhov

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11 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Finding Inspiration

    • 3. Mood Board Development

    • 4. Fabricating Your Mood Board

    • 5. Sketching (Part 1)

    • 6. Sketching (Part 2)

    • 7. Sketching (Part 3)

    • 8. Combine Sketches with Moodboard

    • 9. Assign Fabrics to Garments

    • 10. BONUS! Final Pieces

    • 11. More Creative Classes on Skillshare

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Project Description

Fashion sketch development based on inspiration.

Inspiration and Mood Board

  1. Find your inspiration

    Finding inspiration can be a tough process. Sometimes you have to watch movies,  go forth and adventure in nature, or go out to galleries.

    Architecture is usually a great place to start.

    You can take the lines and language buildings and interpret them into a fashion application. I use the Guggenheim museum for my inspiration.

    Gather your inspiration from various souces found in your environment.


  2. Create your mood board

    This is a collage of images that describe the inspiration in detail.  Think about the various elements like color, texture, temperature, structure, etc. Gather images of your inspirations. Create a physical mood board by collaging the images to one sheet.


  3. Choose your fabrics

    Select the fabrics you want to work with: use your mood board to inform the structural and color aspects of the fabrics. 

    Consider a pop color: even when working with the most simple color story of black and white, it is nice to break up the field with a pop color.

    Add dimension to your pieces: by using both hard and soft fabrics, your garment take on a unique structure that really help tell the narrative. 

    Keep it concise: adding too many fabrics detracts from the cohesion and really ends up expensive.



  1. Start sketching with pencil

    Remember, we are designing FASHION. Not just duplicating the inspiration images. Try starting by drawing on top of a template of the garment you are designing.

    Take elements from your inspiration.

    How can the lines or structure of the inspiration be included in the garment sketch? 


  2. Go over the sketch with ink

    This helps communicate your ideas in a much cleaner and clearer way. Add color to the body to give it a little more life.


  3. Design the back of your garment

    This thing has to be worn! You can use the same croquis for the back of the garment. 


  4. Create your associated pieces

    Vary up the silhouette of the garment, but maintain similar characteristics to the first style. Translate your lines, structure, and colors to tie together the pieces.


Editing and Fabrication

  1. Add sketches to your mood board.

    Your inspiration and garments should have a cohesive look


  2. Assign the fabrics to your garments

    Jackets need stiffer fabrics for structure, skirts and shirt may have more flowy/lighter fabrics.


  3. EXTRA CREDIT: Create your pieces!

    If you have expereince with pattern making, or if you have access to a pattern maker, I suggest making the garments you sketch! It is always great to see the end results of the creation process.


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