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technical drawing for fashion, flats, fashion illustration, booksTechnical Drawing for Fashion Design: Basic Course Book Volume 1
Technical Drawing is an essential skill in the fashion industry, they contain vital information that is essential for designers, buyers, machinists, pattern cutters, and production teams. TECHNICAL DRAWING Volume 1, BASIC COURSE BOOK, explains the basics of making a technical drawing. First, the standard format and tools are introduced. This is followed by step-to-step instructions on how to draw a number of different types of garments. Then techniques are shown for rendering textiles and adding individual style to the drawings. The accompanying CD contains design templates and examples of clothing pieces, fabrics and design presentations.
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Technical Drawing for Fashion Design: Garment Source Book Volume 2

Technical Drawing is an essential skill in the fashion industry, they contain vital information that is essential for designers, buyers, machinists, pattern cutters, and production teams. Want to know the difference between a petal sleeve and a a pagoda sleeve? Or how to identify a bed jacket from a bolero? TECHNICAL DRAWING Volume 2, GARMENT SOURCE BOOK, shows an extensive collection of high-quality, finishes technical drawings and an extensive glossary. All of these drawings of women’s garments ranging from underwear to trench coats, which also included on the accompanying CD.
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My publisher, Pepin Press, also do loads of amazing fashion, design, and graphics books, check them out here.

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  • Chi

    Hey Alexandra!
    I know Volume 1 would be a great start for me, but because I aspire to be a shoe designer, I was wondering if you would be able to provide a reference specifically for shoe design as I have to go through informal training (educate myself) as I unfortunately do not have the budget to attend formal schooling? Please let me know.  I value your insight and opinion

  • alexandrasuhnerisenberg

    Hi Chi,
    I am not too familiar with any good shoe design books, but I can tell you that I would not recommend you try and become a shoe designer without formal training. In order to design something, you need to understand how it is made. For clothing, it isn’t too difficult to learn how to sew at home. But making shoes requires specialist training, and without that, your shoes are likely to be badly fit and uncomfortable. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

  • Chi

     Not bad news at all, instead I see it as guidance.  Thanks for taking the time out to respond!
    Chi