How DDS can be used in different ways

  • DDS  - template based, start from CF line, perfect, work from the waistline, show how to get in and out of the garment, basic details
  • Digital DDS – show colours, patterns, proportions, in conjunction with hand drawn
  • Range board and sheets – use it in presentation to clients and buyers
  • Look books – used for designers to show to the buyer, use a photo (creative shot) and then the DDS to show details
  • Spec sheets – plain black and white sketches, not stylised, highly detailed, different companies have different spec sheets, consist of the picture of the garment and information for the maker (e.g sizes, buttons, details, pin-stitching etc.), technical details, used by everyone in the company
  • Costing sheets – cost of everything in the garment including the amount of fabric used, very technical, how much it is to make it, how long it takes to make a pattern, consists of basic image
  • Trends prediction books –basic indication of the silhouette, style and feel of each season’s garments, style forecaster, can be used on the website, portfolio
  • Merchandising plans – how the shop is going to look this season, can figure out the whole plan before it gets made
  • Sewing patterns and instructions – commercial 


·      Vector based – everything will be clean
·      Layer colour panel – used to identify layers when you have many, double click and change colours
·      It does not matter what size your file is as you can use the whole area of the page in illustrator
·      In illustrator, you can click on anything with the black arrow and do anything to it
·      2pt – standard outline stroke
·      pen tool – X means ready, wedged shape means you can delete the bottom handle bar point, one slash means starting half way through,  + means add anchor point, - means delete anchor point