29 Aug 2014

myPantone App Review

Have you played around with the myPantone App?  I’d consider it on the pricier side for an app at $9.99 for iPhone and $7.99 for Android, but if you work with Pantone colors regularly whether as a fashion designer, graphic designer or any other type of designer, I’d consider buying it.  I did a full review over at Fashion Classroom so read along and decide for yourself it it’s worth it.
{Sew Heidi} myPantone App Review at Fashion Classroom

27 Aug 2014

Techniques for Drawing Fashion Flats in AI: Copy Path Segment

Last week in this short series of posts, I talked about creating fashion flats by outlining the garment and then adding style lines.  This week’s post will instruct you how to use another method by copying path segments to create separate shapes.  The example shows using this technique just for the sleeves, but could be applied to other portions of the garment.

{Sew Heidi} Fashion Illustration Methods: Copy Line SegmentWhile this method creates very tidy illustrations where all of the paths line up perfectly (which some people prefer), it’s not my favorite method due to the lack of flexibility that it provides when you want to change curves.  See below, as I decide to change the curve of the armhole, I’m left with a gap in my illustration and need to manipulate both paths (you may think “well I’m not going to be changing my armhole curve” – but apply this to other examples, such as colorblocking).
{Sew Heidi} Fashion Illustration Methods: Copy Line Segment
If you missed the first method of drawing the outline and then adding style lines, check that out here.

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22 Aug 2014

File Downloads Transferring to illustratorstuff.com

Illustrator Stuf {Online Marketplace for Individually Packaged Fashion Vector Downloads}

Have you checked out the site my husband and I launched, Illustrator Stuff?  If not, then you’ll be getting scooted over there soon if you’re grabbing any files for download.  While the Sew Heidi site has served me (and you) well for a while, I’ve been experiencing growth that warranted a transition.  I’ll still be blogging and sharing videos on Sew Heidi, but all file downloads will be available via Illustrator Stuff.  Check out some of the newest additions:

The idea for Illustrator Stuff came as I started to realize what a lack of resources for individually packaged fashion vector downloads there are in the market.  There are a ton of great resources for huge bundles, but sometimes we don’t want or can’t afford big packs and really just need one small thing, like stitching brushes, or a hooded sweatshirt.  The site has grown to include downloads from other designers (DigiPixie & The Simple Surface just joined) and is continuing to add new content.  Learn more about being a contributor, or hop on over to see what new goods we’ve got.

When you start getting transferred over there for downloads, don’t feel confused or lost – it’s still me (and my husband Marc who’s the programming ninja behind all of this!) running everything, just for sale in a different store.  Thanks for the continued support, encouragement and feedback over the years!  I’d be nowhere if it weren’t for all of you!

20 Aug 2014

Techniques for Drawing Fashion Flats in AI: Outlining with Style Lines

There are a variety of ways to draw garments in Illustrator and depending on your needs and preferences, you may want to explore the options to see what works best for you (a combination of the different ways may be your best bet too).  In a series of 4 posts (2nd post now available: Copy Path Segment Technique), I’m going to outline different methods and talk a little bit about the pros and cons of each.  First up in the series, Outlining with Style Lines.  This technique involves creating an outline of the garment and then creating separate style lines/stitch lines where you need.

{Sew Heidi} Fashion Illustration Methods: Drawing Outline & Style Lines
This personally is not my favorite method, but can work fine depending on your needs.  If you are going to be creating simple garments that are filled with just one color, then this could be a good option.  This method does work fine if you are going to use Live Paint to color your garment different colors, but if you’re using pattern brushes (for stitching, zippers, etc) beware – they don’t work with Live Paint (I’m anxiously waiting for this to be a feature!).

The next post in the series, Copying Path Segments,  will be out next week  is out now!

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