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I’ve been sewing for 35+ years and have enjoyed trying many new techniques along the way. I enjoy writing eBooks that work for most levels of sewists, from confident beginner to advanced.

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How to Make a Digital Sketch

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(11) Name: 'Other : How to Make a Digital Sketch
How to Make a Digital Sketch Cover

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Using layers in graphics software

Pattern Description:

Through my years of sewing clothes both for myself and to sell, I've developed a simple way to create digital images of dresses and other garments. This allows me to take a photo of a garment I made and use it as the basis of a digital line drawing that I can then use to experiment with fabric layout adding embellishments, etc. It's also been a great tool to use to show customers a simulation of how a garment will look if made with fabric other than shown in a photo of an actual garment.

Note: I use Paint Shop Pro v5 as my graphic software but this should work with other software that allows you to create images in layers.


  • Graphics software that allows layers