Fabric and Inspiration Creative Process for Fashion Sketching
A group of fashion fabrics- a fabric story- for a design collection by Laura Volpintesta

Fabric Swatches for your fashion design collections or portfolio

Choosing and using fabric swatches in fashion sketches…..what does it look like, where to start?

(I’m so glad for my clients’ questions).

Yesterday one student asked:

“why would I want to collect fabric swatches that I can’t buy and use? Why would I want a big stash of random fabric swatches?”

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Laura Volpintesta's videos about fashion fabrics and fabric swatches for fashion designers and students

i swatches clearly labeled with fabric descriptions

****here’s another YouTube video with an incredible resource for a wide range of beautiful fashion fabrics sourced from NYC fashion garment center!

You’ll be able to exercise bringing together patterns, textures, colors in a free-form and intuitive way for sheer enjoyment.


The “little girl ” or boy inside of you definitely brought you here today in more ways that you are maybe willing to admit.

Am i right?

Mood board inspiration to work with Fabric Swatches for fashion design portfolios
Fashion Fabric Swatches together with inspiration art or images form the basis for cohesive design thinking in fashion sketching.

Fabric swatches and fashion croquis in gouache and pencil, by Laura Volpintestaq

one of the biggest mistakes that can happen when we come to design education is that we start watering- down our true design DNA to please our teachers…. instead of ourselves.

Your SELF is your key to all of your knowing!

It’s the key to your motivation!

It’s the key to your joy and true service in the world !

Loving what you do and doing it from a deep place of connection, love, fun, freedom and flow is ESSENTIAL.

It also opens the doors to the energy it takes to do things that seem impossible.

When you love what you do, you never get “tired”-

You are driven by a force far beyond your self!

Don’t forget that!

Love Laura

Eveningwear Special Fabrics and Silhouettes fashion design and illustration online course
FFF is one program that focuses on fabrics and fabric swatches in the course material
Fashion Design Sketching and Illustration Online Program "Swatches to Gouache" with Laura Volpintesta of Fashion Illustration Tribe
Swatches to Gouache program digs into the techniques of translating chosen fabric swatches into a unique illustrated set of design sketches!

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