Pattern Design

The last few weeks I made a few mockups for some baby shoes. But when I was cutting the fabric I was wondering if I could create a pattern of my own.

When I searched on the internet I found the website Skillshare. There I found the classes of Elisabeth Owlen. She is a pattern designer and she teaches in her class how you can create a seamless pattern of your own.

I followed the class Pattern Design I: Creating Inspiring Repeats and the second class Pattern DesignII: A Creative Look at a Full Pattern Collection.

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After sketching it was time to digitize the sketch. That took some time. Drawing every shape again in illustrator. But after a lot of trying and learning I had some shapes that I wanted to add together.

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I chose some colors that I liked an started to fill in my square. I had to move the shapes around to find the perfect fit. It was a bit of a struggle sometimes but after a few hours I was satisfied.

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To check if the pattern was right I copied everything and placed it against each other. In the class I learned how to make the pattern ready for using. And below you can see the result of the hero pattern.

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After the hero pattern it was time to make some other designs to blend the whole collection together. I looked at my hero pattern and picked a few shapes that I liked to make my other prints.

First the secondary prints. Still with a few colours, but with fewer shapess.

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After the secondary prints it was time to make the blender prints. Less colours and fewer shapes.

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It was really nice to learn the skills to make a pattern collection. I think that I will make a lot more pattern collections in the future 🙂

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