Video Week 2 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Dress fashion flat sketch tiny triangles details

Week 2 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 
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Video Week 1 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Coat fashion flat sketch details

Today we are starting our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 
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Freebie alert – Design your fashion croquis’s outfit like Versace for H&M

Having worked at H&M as a teenager in Hamburg, Germany; this place obviously always has a special place in my Fashion Design heart.

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Celebrating 500 fans on facebook with files and video tutorial

Today any click-able text will take you to FB page: Thank you for FashionChalkboard.com’s 500 fans mile stone! Celebrate with me on my facebook page by being inspired, watching the videos and downloading the pdf and ai file to keep and take apart.What will you learn? Learn to use simple tools like the ellipse tool in Illustrator combined with Illustrator CS5 new width tool to create brushes  to create a beautiful pattern print for your fashion flat sketches. Continue reading “Celebrating 500 fans on facebook with files and video tutorial”

Appliques cut with the cricut and designed with the pen tool

Being a night owl I often times find myself watching those long late night commercials. And I can’t believe that I found  2 of my favorite things to do right now on TV during those infomercials . One of them being Zumba® but that would make for a whole new blog. And the second one is the Cricut®

In case you do not know what the Cricut® is: It’s a printer like machine (instead of ink it has a blade) that uses cartridges that hold fonts and images that can be cut out of paper for the scrap-booking community and amazingly it also cuts fabric.

When I first saw it, I did a little research online and found a video on youtube showing a lady cutting a cute little cupcake out of fabric and sewing it onto a baby’s onesie. I liked the idea so much and got extremely excited about being able to do this myself. The only thing that was bothering me was the fact that the Cricut® prides itself in being a computer-less product, meaning no need to know any software and no connection to computer required. The Cricut® offers cartridges of which 1-2 are included with the machine and then you have to buy other ones separately. I however envisioned something entirely different. I wanted to draw my own designs inside of Illustrator and then make the Cricut® cut it out of fabric for me.

So I did a little more research and found that Provocraft® (maker of Cricut®) came out with a product that is called Cricut DesignStudio ® software. That sounded really exciting until I found out that this product only allows you to use images from the cartridges. I guess it’s a step up for anyone not interested in using a real design software, as I assume that before this software one was only able to cut images from one cartridge at a time?

Anyways, after I did some more research I found a website that sells a down-loadable software called “SurecutsalotTM“<<< love the name>>> and tested it out.

Well… after deciding which Cricut® to buy (because they come in different sizes) and finding coupons and some Heat N Bond to stiffen the fabric. And  it works! Ha! Here is short tutorial on what I did (see pics above)

First I found my inspiration, which happened to be a towel holder with these cute little elephants. Then I took a picture of them and traced them in Illustrator, then I saved them as a SVG. file. Then opened my elephants (one at a time) in surecutsalot.. hooked my computer per usb up to the cricut and pressed cut.

Voila… i had my first computer generated appliques. Which will be used for a baby blanket for my friend daughter.

There are some important hints and tips for prepping the fabrics and how to apply it to the actual cutting mat of the Cricut® and which blade setting and so on and since that is all information that I forget as soon as I do it, I am glad that there is a huge community of Cricut® users that share their tips online on the Cricut® message board.

Here is the link to the youtube video that inspired me.

Here is the link to the Cricut message board

Here is the link to the “SurecutsalotTM” software

And you can download my little elephants as Ai files right here. They are on separate Layers.