What a submission looks like


A few of you asked what is expected of a submission, so I thought I’d share an old one to illustrate. You don’t have to do it this way, but I found this pretty effective in the past.

Although one sketch is sufficient, I find it helpful to see a rendition of a flat garment as well as on a body. Nobody needs to be an artist here – many fashion designers use what is called a ‘croquis’, and trace an existing drawing or schematic which they can ‘dress’ afterwards (see the link below). If drawing is particularly difficult, a schematic with some details drawn in is very helpful in communicating ideas across.

I should add that although some don’t mind pages from magazines, I really don’t like them at all.

The swatch should incorporate a design detail or two. It doesn’t really matter which, but it’s nice to see how shaping (for example) will be incorporated into the design.

When it comes to the text, I prefer describing the garment over waxing allegorically about the inspiration. Take a look at the back of a sewing pattern to see what I mean – they use standard terms such as ‘close fitted’, loose fitting’ and these mean very specific things. It’s fine to talk about the inspiration, but do make sure that your garment is to be constructed is very clear.

Don’t forget to mention what yarn you used in your swatch and which needles. Adding the proposed finished sizes is a nice touch and a detailed schematic is even better.

I hope that was helpful. Feel free to add a note in the comments if you have additional questions or if there’s something I can clear up.

Professional-looking fashion sketches (Threads #105, February/March 2003)

Back of a sewing pattern envelope
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Ease chart on Vogue Patterns’ Tech Center.