Fashion Design Course, Level 1

Become a fashion designer

You can create your brand and open your business, you can progress in your hobby or you can teach Fashion Design to others

The program of my free fashion design level 1

You draw your first mini-collection about soft and modern shapes including a tunic and his pants. I recommend that you also attend my free pattern making course in which you will make the pattern of this tunic and pants, and my free sewing course to learn how to sew these clothes.

  • Personal search to find inspiration (I show you mine)
  • Find the guideline of your first mini-collection
  • Search volumes, choose colours, find materials, set your budget
  • Make the first sketches of several garments
  • Choose your best ideas and draw the final sketches
  • Draw the technical drawings

Free Fashion Design course level 1


Any fashion designer’s job, to create a collection, begins with a reflection followed by a search to define the guideline or several guidelines of this collection. It is only after this initial part has taken place that the designer choose what volumes will be featured, what colours, what materials, what types of clothing will be included in his collection and their number, and only then, he begins drawing the sketches.

This first part of Anya Camau Academy free fashion design course will teach you how to define a simple guideline, how to find out relevant fabrics and materials, how to set the composition of the collection, how to choose the volumes and details, and finally how to draw this collection. If you have not followed the introduction to this course, please watch these videos before taking this first part of the course HERE.

Your mood board

Anya Camau show you out how to define a simple guideline that you will illustrate with your very first collection. To make it simple, she shows how she’d make it, she explains her personal search that brings her to the “Indian summer” collection guideline.

At home: Build your own mood board

Make a personal search and set a collection guideline that inspires you. Name it and find out a relevant range of colours. Choose a season for your collection outfits and for who you want to create for (your clients).  Then decide if you are going to create affordable clothes, quite expensive or very expensive ones.

Tip: If you do not have much idea for your mood board, follow Anya Camau inspiration about the “Indian Summer” guideline but try to find out YOUR own pictures and documents, and define YOUR own color range. Make sure it’s a little different from that of Anya Camau.


Fabrics and materials

Anya Camau shows you out the kind of fabric she has chosen for her “Indian Summer” collection and the materials she will add to “embellish” her clothes. She explains why she chose a polyester crepe (she could have also chosen a microfiber crepe).

She also tells why she will add applications of golden cord and multicolored glass beads.

Definition: The crepe fabric is a light and fluid fabric, ideal for the making of summer clothes. It is almost crease-resistant and has a nice fall, that is to say, it moves well with the body movements. It can be of silk, wool, or polyester.

At home: Choose a moderately heavy and fluid fabric in one of the colors of your range and the materials and accessories that will make it  your OWN creation

Tip: If you do not plan to build your first pattern by attending the first part of the free pattern making class, then to sew your first piece of clothing by attending the first part of the free sewing class, you can simply grab a sample,  big enough, of this fabric and complete your mood board with it. This sample will help you better visualize and draw the movements of this fabric on the body.

Fabric quantity: To make a collarless tunic with long sleeves and flared pants, it takes about 2m70 of crepe with width 140 or 150cm.

Set your fashion collection with sketches 

This work of making fashion sketches will allow you to precisely define the volumes of your collection, all associated colors, and materials as well as all the details which will come to complete the clothes: location of seams, clips, pockets, closures, embroidery, applications, etc.  You will define how many clothes will be included in your collection. You will then sketch these clothes so that they are well in line with your guideline, which is called the consistency of a collection.

In this video, Anya Camau shows you how she makes sketches of her collection and how she checks its consistency.

At home: Define your first collection making simple sketches

Download: 3fashion silhouettes for sketch training

Tip: Take care to include in your collection a set consisting of a collarless long-sleeved tunic and flared bottom pants, with embroidery decorations or applications. You will draw its pattern in the free course of Pattern Making 1st part then you will sew it in the free sewing course 1st part.

Draw your first collection

Apply everything you learned with this part of the course and design the clothes of your first collection. Add sketches of details and other decorations as well as the technical drawing of the front and back if necessary.

Anya Camau draws in front of you her “Indian Summer” collection. She will teach you how to make its pattern in the 1st level of free Pattern Making course and will teach you how to sew it in the 1st level of free Sewing course.

At home: Review your sketches and draw your micro-collection

Tip: Fashion design requires training but you do not have a gift for drawing. Do not give up, go on training!

Tip: Make sure to keep a good picture of your mood board, sketches, and drawings as well as samples of fabrics and materials. You will publish them in your social networks and in your portfolio (a book that presents you as a designer with elements from your latest collections).

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