Color Blocking with Free Tools

Color blocking has long been a popular design technique and a great creative outlet. When done thoughtfully in garments it can hide figure flaws and be very slimming. Color blocking is also a great way to use scraps left over from other projects and even recycle worn out garments such as tee shirts and jeans, etc.

Perhaps one of the most famous examples of a color blocked garment is the Mondrian-inspired dress created by Yves St. Laurent in 1965. This deceptively simple dress incorporates the darts and waistline shaping in the seams of the color blocks.

Color Blocking with Free Tools

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Editing Digital Photographs

Most all of us take photos with our digital cameras or smart phones every day. We often need photos for posting to a business website or for selling items on EBay, Craftster, or Etsy. Digital photos can also be used for tracing sewing patterns into CAD programs quickly and accurately and for evaluating the fit of garments.

But, few of us are professional photographers. Not to worry though – the best thing about photos from your digital camera or smart phone is that they can be edited using totally free programs available for both Windows and Mac. The techniques presented in this tutorial can be used to edit photos that you may want to post in forums and other online venues such as Ebay, Facebook or Pinterest or used for digital pattern making. In this tutorial, we will cover rotating, cropping, scaling, and adjusting the exposure of photos.

For this class you will need:

  • a digital camera or smart phone with camera.
  • Editing Digital Photographs

    Digital Camera or Smart Phone with Camera

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Anatomy of the Pocket

A pocket can be both functional and decorative. The combination and configuration of pockets is unlimited. This article describes the anatomy of the pocket, types of pockets and their suggested uses. When designing pockets for your garments, we recommend that you use your fit garments as a guide to pocket size and placement. You can also measure pockets on existing garments for size and placement.

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Anatomy of the Collar

Collars are both functional and decorative features sewn to the neckline of a garment. As decoration, the collar is often the focal point of the garment drawing the eye upward to frame the face. As a functional feature, collars often provide warmth and protection from the elements. Both the neckline and outer edge of a collar contribute to its overall appearance. Collars can be wide or narrow, flat or rolled, cut-on or sewn-on. The outside edge of the collar can be straight, curved, scalloped, or pointed. This article describes the anatomy of the collar, terminology, and style options.

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Anatomy of the Sleeve

Sleeves are both functional and design elements of a garment. As functional elements, sleeves must allow for freedom of movement and comfort and must enhance the overall purpose of the garment. As design elements, sleeves should compliment the bodice to which they are attached. This article describes the anatomy of the sleeve, terminology and style options.

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