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23 Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Fashion Designers (with animated gifs!)

June 03, 2019

When you’re learning Adobe Illustrator for fashion design, it can feel like you have to know EVERYTHING! And that’s OVERWHELMING.  Which is why you don’t need another printable PDF with every. single. shortcut. in the world. So, I decided to give you just what you need, and no more: 23 of my “can’t live without” Adobe […]

How to Draw Fashion Flats in Illustrator (In 20 Mins!)

March 14, 2019

If you want a job in any part of fashion, knowing how to draw fashion flats in Illustrator is a mandatory skill. The problem? Adobe Illustrator can be a really frustrating software to learn. And it can feel like everything takes FOREVER. But it doesn’t have to! CUT YOUR ILLUSTRATOR TIME IN HALF WITH THESE TUTORIALS ⏰ Oh. […]

8 More Strategies to Land Your Dream Fashion Design Job

March 07, 2019

No matter your skill level or where you live, you can use these strategies to land your dream fashion job. If you haven’t noticed, there are a few themes that come up over and over in this book to land your dream fashion design job. Beyond the required technical skills of sketching fashion flats in […]

How to Land a Fashion Design Job If You’re 35+

February 28, 2019

Have Experience But in Between Jobs? Take Time Off for a Family? This Chapter is For YOU! An interesting thing happens when you hit a certain age in fashion. Well, the word “interesting” may not be quite right. Arguably, “depressing” is more appropriate. Whether you happen to be a more seasoned candidate or took some […]

How to Find Your First Fashion Design Job (or Internship!) After College

February 21, 2019

Even If You Have No Experience You know one of the hardest things to do in the fashion industry? Land your FIRST job. It’s the whole chicken and egg thing: “I can’t get a job without experience. But how can I get experience without a job?” Getting your foot in the door when you’re just […]

Seven Awesome Fashion Jobs You Never Knew Existed

February 15, 2019

Because Being a Fashion Designer Isn’t Your Only Option! We just reviewed what a day in the life of a fashion designer looks like. And it may have left you feeling a little flat. Which is why we’re going to go through 7 awesome fashion jobs you never knew existed. The best part about these […]

How to Get a Fashion Design Job

February 07, 2019

You want to know what happens when you go to fashion school? They teach you how to tap into your creativity by hand sketching, draping, and sewing beautiful designs. And while you may walk away with gorgeous portfolio from your senior collection, a book full of amazing sketches and photos of your runway show is not going to get you a job.

What’s it Like Working in Fashion: Expectations VS Reality (in memes)

September 07, 2018

Ohhhh….this is a good one. I had a blast putting these memes together and know you’re going to love them 🙂 They’re all centered around a common theme I hear from designer friends, coworkers, and my podcast guests who work in fashion. It goes like this: “I wish someone told me what working in the […]

My 8 hand picked Adobe Illustrator fashion tutorials (for your specific situation)

May 19, 2018

I hear a lot of the same questions about how to do “this thing” in Illustrator, or where should I start if…I’m a total beginner, I don’t know how to draw, etc. And I know how hard it is to find quality, easy to follow Adobe Illustrator fashion tutorials. I also see designers doing things the […]

How FIT is cheating you out of your dream fashion design job

April 26, 2018

Back in 2015, I was a guest lecturer at FIT (ranked 2nd for fashion in the US and 7th in the world). I was pretty nervous about teaching at such a prestigious school and practiced my Illustrator lecture way too many times the night before. But despite my anxieties, it went great. In fact, it went AWESOME. […]

Then and Now: My Embarrassing Fashion Flats

April 23, 2018

You know when you look back on designs you created years ago and CRINGE? It’s the weirdest thing… because at the time, you thought they were great. I was looking through some of my Illustrator flat sketches last week and for the first time ever, I realized the difference between what I’d drawn a decade […]

Are You an Illustrator File Messer-Upper?

September 28, 2017

If you work on a team, you probably know what it’s like to share Illustrator files. And chances are, you fall into one of these two groups of people: The File Fixer-Upper… or the File Messer-Upper. The File Messer-Upper You know enough about AI to make edits and modify files. But most of the time […]

Fashion Flats + Textile Design with Illustrator

June 15, 2017

Last week I asked what you’re doing in Illustrator, and hundreds of you responded. Turns out, most of you are working on sketching flats and creating repeats. Which is why I created my latest videos for you – to give you exactly what you’ve asked for. Check out the tutorials below, and if you want […]

Lace Brushes & Swatches in Illustrator & Photoshop

June 01, 2017

You guys have been asking for a while…so I’m finally giving you some answers. Here’s exactly how to mock up lace in Illustrator (and a little bit of Photoshop – because even though I’m an AI junkie, there are a handful of times when PS is necessary.) Enjoy 🙂 How to Create Lace Trim How to […]

My 3 Best Tech Pack Tricks for Fashion Designers

May 04, 2017

Tech are tedious – and you’d rather spend time designing than speccing. But they’re a requirement to get product made correctly. These simple shortcuts will save you hours in Illustrator and Excel

Why I love Illustrator’s Pen Tool for sketching fashion flats (and what to do if you hate it)

April 13, 2017

You hear it over and over, and you wish it wasn’t true, but everyone keeps telling you: “You must know how to sketch with the Pen Tool in Illustrator.” And they’re right. The Pen Tool is an essential for Illustrator users and fashion designers. But most of you kinda hate it. Me? I actually LOVE the Pen Tool. […]

5 Reasons Illustrator Proficiency is Closer than You Think

March 23, 2017

This is an excerpt from my Ultimate Guide to Illustrator for Fashion.If you like what you see, get the entire guide delivered to your inbox. Anyone can learn Illustrator – including you. And it’s more achievable than it seems. Most of your frustration comes from 2 things: misconceptions you believe about AI unqualified teachers who […]

Illustrator vs. Photoshop for Fashion Design

March 16, 2017

Perceptions are fascinating. We believe them. We beat ourselves up over them. And one of the most common misconceptions in the fashion world is that you have to know BOTH Photoshop AND Illustrator. Which can feel really overwhelming. Photoshop does have a purpose, but it’s not sketching flats (or most other things we do). As […]

How to Change Colors in Illustrator (for fashion flats, pattern swatches & other artwork)

January 30, 2017

Creating colorways and recoloring fashion flats in Illustrator can feel tedious. I know because I’ve watched hundreds of designers do it the long way… Doing things the long way in Ai looks like: Manually selecting each individual object on fashion flats. Editing every motif in repeating pattern swatches one by one. Messing with grouping and ungrouping to select and […]

The 9 Quickest Tricks to Sketch Beautiful Fashion Flats in Illustrator

January 16, 2017

One of the most interesting things I’ve learned over the years is the 80/20 rule. It can be applied to anything in life. Do you know how it works? Here are 2 examples: 80% of your success comes from 20% of your work 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers Bottom line? […]

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