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Fashion Design Skills

I get this statement come through on emails from some of my subscribers; I want to be a fashion designer! And it got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be rather awesome to run a fashion design skills course, as an online course, that people could take alongside me?

As in, while I’m working on my new collection, those subscribers can work alongside me. Creating their own capsule collection. Building their fashion design skills. Understanding the process.

Do you want to learn how to make your own fashionable handmade clothes? Are you frustrated by boring clothes, and long for more creative clothes? Learn fashion design skills with me, Eve Tokens!

Fashion Design Skills

You may be wondering ‘what fashion design skills are needed to be a designer?’ and I’ll tell you there are many!

As someone that has her own brand – albeit slow fashion brand – and is often approached to work for start ups, helping them get started on the right foot, there are many fashion design skills needed if you want to be a fashion designer.

Here’s a few to get you started:

  1. Critical Paths
  2. Research
  3. Moodboard
  4. Fashion Sketching
  5. Design Development
  6. Fabric Selection
  7. Editing Collections
  8. Brand Sizing
  9. Pattern Development
  10. Basic Sewing Skills
  11. Using Fit Models
  12. Pricing / Budgeting
  13. Creating Samples
  14. CAD Drawings
  15. Photoshoot Planning
  16. Portfolio Creation

There’s a lot more, but those are the basics. I’ll run through a couple more fashion design skills in more depth below!

Critical Path

This is one of the most important considerations when creating a collection. And remember, the ‘collection’ you create in Fashion Design Skills doesn’t have to be a collection you’d like to market and sell. It can also be a collection of garments you would like to create for the next season, for you to wear and feel excited about.

A critical path will help you plan out what needs to be done, why it needs to be done, and how it will be done. Within Fashion Design Skills, I teach you how to plan out a critical path!


This is possibly self explanatory, but without research there is no coherency to your collection. I research a LOT – you don’t have to research as much as I do – but it does always help to have a substantial amount got idea generation.

Design Development

We will use the research gathered, to create a suitable croquis and then develop the design drawings. This is the fun though lengthy part of designing, as we work in both 2D and 3D.

Brand Sizing

This is only relevant if you are thinking of developing your collection as a product line. If it is for yourself, we would use your measurements as a ‘brand’ size.

Pricing + Budgeting

This is often the one critical element that is overlooked. Some collections never make it into existence – either for designers or women wanting their own designed wardrobe – because the costs are not properly considered as they progress.

CAD Drawings

I know a lot of fashion students who are flummoxed by this, yet I have a simple technique learned years ago that works a treat! Fear not!

How Do I Develop These Fashion Design Skills?

Well, you can head off to google and YouTube and there will be a fair few answers there for you I’m sure!

You could sign up for a fashion design course at your local tech college.

Or you can join the beta version of my online fashion design course for less than half the price of what it will be when it launches fully next spring.

Why Study Fashion Design Skills With Me?

Unlike most traditional fashion design courses, you will learn more by working alongside me.

  • When I start my collection research, so will you.
  • When I develop my design drawings, so too will you.
  • When I draw up my costings and budget, so will you.
  • When I plan my portfolio shoot, so will you.

Every step of your journey, I will be right there beside you, for you to ask questions, and understand the process.

And trust me, as someone that went the traditional university route, I didn’t learn as much as I should have. The skills I have were from learning on the job, not at fashion school.

How Will Fashion Design Skills Help Me?

If you are a fashion designer in waiting, the course will help you understand the process of designing a collection – both the design side and the practical business side. You will be in a god position to apply for a fashion degree if that is what you would like to do, but you will also have the skills to set up your own small business.

If you aren’t interested in being a fashion designer but are more excited about creating a coherent collection of clothes to wear, then Fashion Design Skills will help you understand how a collection comes together, and you’ll be in a great place to build a new wardrobe – or add upon the previous one – year after year. True creative freedom when it comes to making your own clothes right?

How Do I Sign Up?

The course is currently closed for enrolment!


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Friday 27th of October 2017

Hi Eve, This course Create capsule collection is clouse? Can I pay only month? Thank you Anara

Eve Tokens

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

Hi Anara, yes - it reopens in the Spring of 2018. I'll also have payment plan options too! :)