How to choose the right fashion templates

How to choose the right fashion templates for drawing dresses, drawing pants, skirts and jackets

Choosing to work with pre-made fashion templates saves a precious amount of time when designing a collection. No doubts about that. But how to choose the best pose and attitude to show the garment you have in mind?
In this blog post, I’ll share some basic tips you can use to pick the most appropriate fashion templates for your needs.

The idea of a fashion sketch is to give the viewer information about the clothes. The more information you succeed to present- the better. It’s not really about drawing skills, but about the ability to tell more with your fashion sketch.

The rule of thumb is – don’t put anything over the important details you’d like to show.

Fashion Poses For Dresses

When choosing a template for a dress you need to forget about bold, powerful poses because they don’t communicate with the nature of a dress – airy and feminine. Instead, you may want to keep the legs of the model close together and the gesture- delicate and flirty.
Pick a pose that will let the dress float and move.

How to choose fashion templates to deisgn dresses
How to choose fashion templates to design skirts

Fashion Poses For Skirts

For skirts, and especially tube skirts you don’t want to use walking fashion figures with wide spread legs. Find a template that will help you show the silhouette of the skirt. It may also be a side view pose if you have interesting details in the side hem or different skirt length in the front and back.

How to choose fashion templates to design pants

Fashion Poses For Pants

When drawing pants, jeans or shorts it’s usually preferred to use fashion figures that show the legs from different angles. The best templates are those that have two side views of the leg – in order to show variations in the hem or hidden details from the inside. If you have pockets on the pants it’s nice to draw the hands in.

How to choose fashion templates to design jackets and coats

Fashion poses for Jackets and Coats

Avoid poses in which the torso is covered by the model’s arms. Find a fashion template that will bring the attention of the viewer towards the buttons or the collar. When designing coats and jackets sometimes designers choose to have interesting linings for them – show that as well.

There are a bunch of free fashion figure templates on this website. Enjoy using them and creating beautiful collections!
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  1. Oh, I am so excited. First of all, I’m not a new and upcoming designer. Used to sew all my own clothes when I was growing up. Did weddings and fashions for awhile, but then discovered there was money to be made in the home decorating area with soft furnishings. I took advantage of updating my skills here in Charlotte NC, by taking courses at the Custom Furnishings Academy. (Which has now moved to Atlanta). My real passion however has always been fashion. So, now that I’m 72 and finally retired from my business and moved out of my huge workroom and into a small space in my own home, I’ve decided to get back to making one of a kind things for my enjoyment.
    So I googled fashion design sketches and came up with this site. Just wanted to know if your site is still active. Looking forward to more information from you. Jacque

  2. [quote name=”Cassie”]What about for bikinis and beach wear???[/quote]
    Most poses are successful for bikiny and beachwear. However it would be nice if you don’t draw a full size figure but a close up above the knee. This will allow you to show maxium detail in the desing and you do not need the whole legs for beachwear.

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