How to Design an Evening Gown


Fashion schools are great if you can afford them. These schools all offer financial aid that will help you out. However, if attending school is not possible you can learn at home. There are all kinds of resources available. The Internet for one, books, and watching the number one hit show about fashion. If you like to draw, sew and make or alter patterns, this is the right profession for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Designing
  • Sketch Book
  • Markers
  • Fabric Swatches
  • Sewing
  • Pattern
  • Dress Form (Dummy)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • accessories

How to Design an Evening Gown.

Look at fashion magazines for the latest trends in couture. Attend fashion shows and collect books on fashion. Start by drawing a female slender figure or copy one from a book. Lay a piece of transfer paper ("8x11'') over figure and sketch your garment. Later on you will transfer the sketch onto a sketch book or drawing paper. While you're sketching, think of the fabrics you want to use. Think taffea, velvet and, sequins. Think about colors. Later on when you get really good you can practice drawing different figure poses. The final sketch you pick will be your guideline.

Go to the fabric store and pick fabric swatches that you like and which inspire you. Attach swatches to your sketch and take notes regarding accessories and other embellishments. You will have the option to make your own pattern or buy an evening gown pattern and alter it. Change it anyway you want it. Create your own design. If you happen to have a dress form, you can put the fabric on it, and play with it. Create, create, create.

Design the gown on paper and then decide on a pattern. There are pattern books that you can study to make your own patterns, or buy a pattern and change it's design. Patterns aren't that hard to make. It just takes practice. It's fun to learn how to make a pattern, because you know it's the basis for a fabulous garment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Making an evening gown can be easy if you keep them simple and elegant. Less is better. Pick fabrics that are easy to work with. Practice sketching different gown designs.
  • Don't fret, it gets easier with practice.

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