Craftsy Class Review: Drawing fashion flats

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to watch and make use of the Craftsy classes I’ve accumulated.  I’ve also stuffed my ankle so I’m looking for more sedentary things to do at the moment (twiddling my thumbs for 3-4 months is going to test my patience).

Anyway, the first class I’ve watched has been Drawing Fashion Flats: Designing Construction Details   I often do sketches when I’m trying to knock off a garment I’ve seen or see how a pattern’s proportions work on my croquis, so I thought I’d give this class a go.   I have been working on plans for a summer wardrobe, so I could put the class to work by drawing out my plan.Just as a baseline, here are the sketches that I did for potential tank/camisole patterns before I watched the class.

my tech drawings before the class
my tech drawings before the class

The first couple of lessons appeared a bit slow paced but it was quite amazing how your technique ( and confidence) was built over the lessons.  Very quickly I was drawing ruffles, flared hemlines and pleats that looked half reasonable.  My collars need a bit more practice, but they have improved also.  There are lots of tips thrown into help with proportions, making things symmertical and adding dimension. It also covers drawing to scale and using a template.

The emphasis is hand-drawing the flats.  There is no examples of computer drawn flats.  Which is fine by me as I enjoy putting pen to paper and doodling.

After watching the lessons, I spent the best part of day drawing flats using my own croquis as the template.  Mainly, I concentrated on patterns I was considering for the summer wardrobe – mainly tanks/camis, a swimsuit with variations, shorts, and a couple of light tops/shirts.  So here are a couple of examples.

Can you spot an improvement in my drawings?

Camisoles and tanks
Camisoles and tanks
Variations on Merckwaerdigh STRAP4 (strapless bra). Check out the ruffled trim!
Variations on Merckwaerdigh STRAP4 (strapless bra). Check out the ruffled trim!
Various woven tops - wraps, tucks, pockets, collars
Various woven tops – wraps, tucks, pockets, collars
Denim jacket with trim; woven tank; elastic waist shorts
Denim jacket with trim; woven tank; elastic waist shorts
Designer knock-off shorts. It's all in the details
Designer knock-off shorts. It’s all in the details

In my next post I will have a couple wardrobe plans that I’ve put together using the sketches.



Class Review

Class Drawing Fashion Flats: Designing Construction Details
Overview Teaches you how to make hand-drawn technical flats either to scale or using a croquis. First couple of lessons are fairly slow but lay a good foundation for the rest of the lessons. Later lessons include drawing details such as collars, gathers and ruffles. Good tips on creating 3D-type effects and keeping both sides symmetrical.  The instructor was very good – enthusiastic, fun and well paced.
My Rating ☆☆☆ Not worth it
★☆☆ So-so
★★☆ Good
★★★ Excellent
Comment My drawing has definitely improved by taking the course. You can see my before & after drawings in this post.  My collars need a bit more practice but I was really impressed with how quickly my drawing has improved.  Can’t believe how well my gathers and drapey hems look now.
In Use I spent a day drawing flats on to my croquis ( front and back views).  The patterns were ones I was thinking about sewing over the summer.  After drawing them, I photocopied them and used them like playing cards to help work out which patterns worked well for my shape, work together as a wardrobe  and also to decide on the fabrics to use.

5 thoughts on “Craftsy Class Review: Drawing fashion flats

  1. Sorry to hear about your ankle, 3-4 months is quite a way away I have always admired your drawing skills and can see quite an improvement with the class. Not sure how it would work with someone that can’t draw for the life of me!


    1. Thanks. You’d probably find the first few lessons really good as she starts off just drawing wide arcs and builds up from there. I think you’d be surprised how easy it is when the process broken down.


    1. Thanks. For the croquis, I took a couple of photos wearing just my undies, printed them out, and traced out the outline. Sortly followed by destroying the original photo 😉
      For the photo, if you add a bit of elastic around your waist and a short necklace, it will give you good guides for the waist and necklines. You could also use a photoshop/gimp etc to create a digital version, but I find the “old-school” way quicker. Adding guidelines for bust, waist, hip level, plus vertical line through the bust point and centrefront are handy reference points when you go to draw the flats. Hope that helps


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