How to create a simple pattern repeat in Adobe Illustrator

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This is just a quickie to take you through the basics of offset pattern repeats. Now Illustrator does have a pattern repeat function that is OK but being me I love to know how things work rather than leave it up to the software!! This video takes you through that process. If you would like something more advanced have a look at my “Random All Over Pattern Repeat” video. I created this video a few years ago and takes you through a little more detail. I hope this helps you understand the process – please contact me with suggestions for more videos like this. I also have details on pattern repeats in the book I co-authored with Frances Vereker – Fashion Designers Handbook for Adobe Illustrator – pages 71, 72 and 75-77.

I hope this helps you understand the process – please contact me if you are interested in more videos like this

How to draw a basic fitted tee shirt in Adobe Illustrator

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I have just done a new video detailing how to use the Pen Tool when drawing a basic fitted tee. I have included quite a few of my favourite tools! Watch out for the Reflect Tool!! I love using this – my friend MM showed it to me, so much faster than using the menu. The “Anchor Point Tool” is another tool I use frequently as it has so many applications these days. Also, make sure you set up your file so you can work efficiently – take note of preferences in the beginning of the video and be sure to leave “Snap to Point” and “Smart Guides” selected! Enjoy!!

“Make sure you set up your file so you can work efficiently – take note of preferences in the beginning of the video and be sure to leave “Snap to Point” and “Smart Guides” selected!”

How to create a basic brush library in Adobe Illustrator

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I always use a basic stitch library (Brushes) for all of my work. I like to share this with co-workers and colleagues so we are all using the same details on our drawings. This looks so much more professional and it is easy for someone else to pick up your work and work with it. I will go into more detail about team work and efficiency in future videos. For the moment start your stitch (Brushes) library with these 3 simple brushes. Enjoy!!!


“I like to share this with co-workers and colleagues so we are all using the same details on our drawings.”

How to draw a 1900’s pleated Fortuny dress in Illustrator

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I really love the fashion from the early part of last century it was so radical compared to what went before! I drew this dress when I was teaching an illustrator course and we were drawing our way through the history of fashion. You will love how well the Blend tool works in Illustrator to create effective and easy pleats. Enjoy!!!


“This is only one of the many ways you can use the Blend tool. Keep watching this space!”