This season, we’re seeing the rise of a new design movement: DIY couture. It’s not just for home sewists and crafty millennials anymore; this style is quickly becoming popular among everyone from fashion aficionados to young designers looking to expand their creative horizons. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some helpful tips to help you get started designing your own clothing. From choosing the right materials and designing patterns, to creating your own patterns and drafting your own patterns – read on to learn more!

Choose the Right Materials

There’s no point in making a bespoke piece of clothing if the right materials aren’t used. Before you begin designing your garments, you’ll need to decide on the type of fabric you’d like to use. You’ll want to choose a fabric that is appropriate for the season, and that suits your personal style. Next, you’ll need to decide on the type of finish you’d like on your clothing. For example, you can choose a smooth and sleek fabric such as cotton, or a more rugged and structured fabric such as denim. This will also determine the kind of buttons you’ll need to use on your garments.

Draft Your Own Patterns

Once you’ve chosen your fabric and type of finish, the next step is to draft your own pattern. To draft a pattern, you’ll want to use a piece of paper or a template. You can use graph paper (available online or in most art supply stores) or tracing paper. Once you’ve created your pattern, you can use it to create a number of different clothing designs. You can use your pattern to create a range of different outfits: from classic business attire to casual tees and bottoms, depending on your taste.

Create Structured Patterns

In contrast to drafting your own patterns, printing a structured pattern is a great way to create a variety of garments quickly. To print an item of clothing, you’ll need to choose an item that you’d like to design. For example, you could choose a T-shirt, a dress or a pair of shorts. Depending on the garment, you can either print a front or a back view. Once you’ve chosen the garment and the print settings, you can start designing your garment. Once you’ve chosen the design elements you’d like to include in your design, you can begin drafting your pattern. You can use a pencil, a pen or a digital drawing program to create your pattern.

Print Your Own Patterns

If you’d like to create your own patterns but don’t have access to a drafting machine, you can try printing your own patterns. This can be accomplished with a variety of color printers and even laser printers. In order to print your own patterns, you’ll need to make sure your printer settings are set to print darker colors as well as text. 

To print your patterns, you can use a number of different printing techniques. Depending on the printer you have, you can print your patterns on standard or special paper. If you want to print your patterns on fabric, you can also try using freezer paper as an adhesive. This can be done with a number of different printers and even home printers. If you’d rather not invest in a printer and want to keep things easy, you can always use a custom t-shirt printing company like Mato and Hash. This way you can design online, have someone else print for you, and still have fun on the cheap!

Make Bespoke Garments

Bespoke clothing, also known as bespoke, custom or made-to-measure clothing, is exactly what it sounds like: clothing designed for a specific person, rather than mass-produced for a specific garment. This style of design, which is available in a range of fabrics, allows you to create clothing that fits perfectly, and that’s bespoke for you. Bespoke garments can be made from a range of fabrics, from elegant and luxurious fabrics to more rugged and textured fabrics. Depending on the style, you can choose from a range of color and pattern options, too.


This season, emphasis is on creativity and personal style; from edgy print themes to a range of bold color palettes, you’ll be sure to find the perfect match for your wardrobe. If you’re looking to add a unique twist to your style, why not try designing your own clothing? With the right materials and the right design tips, you can create your own unique designs, whether you’re a seasoned home sewist or a DIY novice.

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