Pattern Drafting in Adobe Illustrator for Beginners
October 4, 2020 - November 1, 2020
Learn to draft a custom fitted pattern sloper/block using Adobe Illustrator - no prior graphic design experience necessary!
The course will teach you how to draft a basic bodice and skirt sloper/block to your measurements. The full pattern will be drafted in Adobe Illustrator.
You will also learn how to make a print-at-home version of your sloper/block along with the basics of pattern grading and patter manipulation.
By the end of this course, you will be confident in your skills in creating patterns using Adobe Illustrator.
Who can take this class?
Anyone with basic sewing garment experience. Having used a commercial pattern before is helpful. You do not need any prior experience with Adobe Illustrator or with flat pattern drafting - that is what I will be teaching you!
What do you need to take this course?
You need your own copy of Adobe Illustrator CC. I will be using the latest version, so if you have an older copy it will work, but there could be differences from the copy I use in class.
About the Course
This course is a 4 week long adventure we will take together into the world of digital pattern drafting. Each week will consist of a set of lessons, practice assignments, and 2 Zoom meetings with me for question and answers. You do not need to attend both meetings - I just want to be sure everyone gets a chance to ask questions. There is always an issue with time zones and work schedules, so I like to be sure I have enough "office hours" to help everyone in the course.
The office hours of the course are Wednesdays at 6PM Central Time and Sundays at 12PM (Noon) Central time with the exception of week 2.
The Course Schedule
October 4: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator and Pattern Drafting Prep Work Lessons
October 7: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
October 11: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time
October 11: Bodice Sloper/Block Lessons
October 14: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
October 17: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time
October 18: Skirt Sloper/Block Lessons
October 21: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
October 25: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time
October 25: Printing, Grading, and Manipulating Your Pattern Lessons
October 28: Zoom Office Hours at 6PM Central Time
November 1: Zoom Office Hours at 12PM (Noon) Central Time
StartDownloads for this Section
StartCreating a New File (3:00)
StartSaving as a Template (1:12)
StartThe Main Workspace (5:00)
StartCreating the Basic Patterning Workspace (7:38)
StartToolbar, Control Bar, and Artboards (9:21)
StartDocument Setup and Preferences Menu (2:42)
StartGrids, Guides, and Rulers (4:24)
StartSelect Tool, Direct Select Tool, & Working with Anchor Points (3:47)
StartRectangle, Ellipse, and Line Tools (5:21)
StartPen Tool (3:58)
StartCurvature, Rotate, and Measure Tools (3:12)
StartType Tool (13:55)
StartAlign and Pathfinder Tools (6:02)
StartAppearance and Grouping (3:30)
StartTransform Controls (7:37)
StartPath and Scissor Tools (6:28)
StartMeasuring Curves with Document Info Window (2:12)
StartHomework & Practice (0:30)
Frequently Asked Questions
The course is limited to 20 people - so hurry to enroll!