How to become a teenage designer

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This power point presentation has been developed in response to the many requests received from my subscribers in relation to this subject.
It covers all the basics in terms of becoming a designer whilst still attending high school.
As will notice in the presentation I emphasize the importance of studying MANAGEMENT and MARKETING, as I know from personal experience that being creative is just not enough!
The advice given in this power point can be adapted to any form of the creative arts!

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How to become a teenage designer

  1. 1. Welcome to FashionMentorOnline www.FashionMentorOnline.com CMW DESIGNS – ABN 49 335 372 772
  2. 2. <ul><li>develop your own style </li></ul><ul><li>learn about fashion </li></ul><ul><li>learn how to use a sewing machine </li></ul><ul><li>buy some fabric </li></ul><ul><li>practice sewing and making clothes </li></ul><ul><li>create a label for your clothes </li></ul><ul><li>advertise - wear your clothes </li></ul><ul><li>get opinions - ask your friends, family and potential customers </li></ul>My name is Cheryl Widlend, and I’m from FashionMentorOnline Today I’m going to be chatting to you about how to become a teenage designer … you’re still at high school and you’re not able to study at college or university yet, so what can you do? Have extreme PASSION, DETERMINATION and DRIVE to become a DESIGNER
  3. 3. develop your own style <ul><li>get a sketch book, carry it around with you all the time and sketch all your ideas </li></ul><ul><li>collect fabric swatches, trims (lace, ribbon, etc.) attach them to your sketches – glue them in as it’s safer than using pins </li></ul><ul><li>create a portfolio to store all your designs - you will need this when you decide to study when you’ve completed high school 
 </li></ul>www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  4. 4. Trims: lace hook & loop buttons, etc Computer generated sketch with fabric swathes fabric swatch fashion sketchbook favourite buttons hand drawn sketch
  5. 5. learn about fashion <ul><li>keep up-to-date with the latest fashion trends </li></ul><ul><li>check out fashion blogs and websites </li></ul><ul><li>visit your local mall and fashion boutiques </li></ul><ul><li>go to fashion shows </li></ul><ul><li>check out old fashion magazines…you’ll get some great inspiration from them </li></ul><ul><li>take some part-time lessons in design, pattern making, sewing, sketching, business management and marketing (weekends, evenings or school holidays) </li></ul>www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  6. 6. <ul><li>FASHION SHOW </li></ul>FASHION BLOG FASHION WEBSITE FASHION MAGAZINE FASHION BOUTIQUE BUSINESS MANAGEMENT BUSINESS MARKETING FASHION BLOG
  7. 7. learn how to use a sewing machine <ul><li>to be a fashion designer you do need to understand how clothes are made and have some experience in making clothes </li></ul>www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  8. 8. sewing machine sewing needle and thread scissors sewing thread two pieces of fabric being sewn
  9. 9. buy some fabric <ul><li>go to your local fabric shop and buy some fabric that’s not too expensive </li></ul><ul><li>start with a fabric that easy to work with, like a plain woven cotton </li></ul>www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  10. 10. embroidered fabric: beautiful as it is, is not suitable for your first project printed cotton fabric: suitable for tops, skirts and dresses plain denim fabric: suitable for tops, skirts, pants and dresses check and stripe fabric: not suitable for your first project, as they need to be matched up when cutting and sewing
  11. 11. practice sewing and making clothes <ul><li>make a really simple garment first like a skirt or easy pants </li></ul><ul><li>OR alter some clothes you already have: </li></ul><ul><li>… make a dress from some old curtains (as I did as a teenager) </li></ul><ul><li>… create a bikini from an old T shirt </li></ul><ul><li>… turn your dad’s (if he doesn’t mind ) old T shirt into a sexy mini dress </li></ul><ul><li>… raid your mum’s (if she doesn’t mind) wardrobe and recycle some of her clothes </li></ul>www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  12. 12. basic skirt pattern
  13. 13. create a label for your clothes <ul><li>create a cool logo for your label, something that suits the type of clothing you design </li></ul>www.FashionMentorOnline.com
  14. 15. advertise - wear your clothes <ul><li>ensure people become aware of your talents </li></ul><ul><li>wear your designs when you go out </li></ul><ul><li>if you’re allowed, wear your clothes to school </li></ul><ul><li>let people know you would like to design clothes for them </li></ul><ul><li>open a ‘shop’ on websites like etsy.com, big cartel-facebook, etc </li></ul><ul><li>enter competitions like SocialAttire.com, modclothes.com etc. </li></ul><ul><li>build your own website, or get a friend or family member who is good with computers to do it for you </li></ul><ul><li>make an offer to charity organizations to use your designs in a fashion show to raise funds </li></ul>
  15. 17. get opinions – ask your friends, family and potential customers <ul><li>ask your friends and family what they think of your designs </li></ul><ul><li>ask them if you should add or subtract certain features from your garments to improve your designs </li></ul><ul><li>listen to the feedback from people who have seen your designs… when you’ve worn them, or at fashion shows, etzy.com etc. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Have extreme PASSION, DETERMINATION and DRIVE to become a DESIGNER <ul><li>it takes a lot of time, passion, determination, effort and drive to become a designer </li></ul><ul><li>you will not become a designer overnight </li></ul><ul><li>you will need to work at becoming a designer…don’t give up </li></ul><ul><li>designing is a career which you should love passionately and want to have success in </li></ul>
  17. 20. <ul><li>develop your own style </li></ul><ul><li>learn about fashion </li></ul><ul><li>learn how to use sewing machine </li></ul><ul><li>buy some fabric </li></ul><ul><li>practice sewing and making clothes </li></ul><ul><li>create a label for your clothes </li></ul><ul><li>advertise - wear your clothes </li></ul><ul><li>get opinions – ask your friends, family and potential customers </li></ul>To summarize… Today we had a chat about how to become a teenage designer … you’re still at high school and you’re not able to study at college or university yet, so what can you do? Have extreme PASSION, DETERMINATION and DRIVE to become a DESIGNER
  18. 21. contact details <ul><li>[email_address] (preferred email) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>connect: www.linkedin.com/in/cherylwidlend   </li></ul><ul><li>follow: twitter: @widlend </li></ul><ul><li>like: facebook: fashion favourites </li></ul><ul><li>visit: website: www.FashionMentorOnline.com </li></ul>

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