Childrenswear Fashion Illustrations and TEMPLATES for FASHION DESIGN
(Yes, my last two year old was very chubby :0) and she’s the reason I’ve started my own business-and her brother and sister.)
I hope using these templates will help YOU start YOUR own business too, so you can have more time with your family or doing whatever it is you truly love to do, so the whole world can benefit from that. This is how a sustainable business is built!
How do I use a Croquis Template for Childrenswear Fashion Illustrations?
Remember, Print the templates, then trace over. If the body doesn’t “feel right” for your market , adjust in your tracing to make a new template.
If you sketch digitally, screen shot the template and import it into your digital drawing or digital painting app for fashion… or import it into your favorite program.
Then take a fresh sheet or layer over the template so you can sketch your ideas and already have a cosistent figure or “doll” to dress again and again!
Once you’ve sketched out a dress, a shirt, a skirt, and a pant that you love, you really don’t necessarily need the childrenswear fashion Illustrations template any more.
You can also just work all of your new flats off of the basics you create, and it will still give a uniform proportion and feel to them.
When I freelanced as a sketcher at the Chlldren’s Place many years ago, I loved my job, which was to sketch piles of European sample garments of beautiful girl’s clothes into detailed flats, front and back.
I love that kind of work, sitting in a corner with a pile of beautiful things to draw. That’s my style.
To me, every garment has a personality, a life to it, and capturing that spirit in a drawing is totally thrilling, and in-spirit.
I’ve noticed since then that their clothes, incidentally, aren’t throwaway clothes, they last a long, long time, and that is a step toward sustainability.
In fact, there is a used clothing store for children in my area, and their racks are stuffed with garments from the Children’s Place, because they don’t wear out! Clothes that wear and wear and wear on are GREAT DESIGN! But I haven’t heard good news about their response to the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. That’s sad design. :0( (for more info see Fashion Revolution Day: who made your clothes?)
In fact, first Full Time job was at Old Navy, designing in childrenswear.
Here are some Childrenswear Fashion Illustrations for baby boys from that time
I used the Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook for these sketches, with gouache.
That’s when I left New York, moved to Connecticut, set up a Bridal and custom garment studio, did alterations, and made piles of African Print garments, my passion.
One year later I started teaching at Parsons School of Design in the BFA Fashion Design programs. I first taught Draping, Patternmaking and Sewing to sophomores such as Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCoullough of Proenza Schouler.
Teaching one 6 hour sophomore draping/patternmaking/construction studio was just enough to cover my “2 bedroom” apartment in Washington Heights that I shared with my then husband who was studying English.
The A train took me straight to Parsons and back. All of the other days of the week were mine, for Fashion Design freelancing, research, singing in a Charanga Band, making clothes, building a life outside, around, and in conjunction with work.
I appreciated that so much because my first job designing for a mass big-name label had me working round the clock 7 days with no control over my schedule. it was awful. I learned that nobody can pay you enough for your days off. A day off is worth millions, isn’t it? Especially if you can’t access one.
I’ve listened to young designers begging for vacation days after working at a company for a year while their boss holds a calculator and says “oh, no you don’t….”
I feel like as long as we are that hard on ourselves, how humane can our business practices and production be? #ethicalfashion #fashionrevolution
Speaking of inspiration, in my book (released just DAYS ago) the Language of Fashion Design, I featured (and discovered) a wonderful children swear designer named Bonnie Young. Learn more about her, as well as her philanthropic work with children!
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