I stumbled onto a network for people wanting to meet up. There’s meet ups covering every kind of interest. Of course, you’re probably interested in the fashion ones which you can find here. I wrote a few of the members in varying cities; the word is that the quality of members and participation varies a great deal. Check it out if it interests you. And if you join a group, please tell them about Fashion-Incubator.
[amended below] Speaking of the meet up site, I couldn’t resist clicking on some of the advertisers -none I’d consider to be particularly useful- I’m continually amazed by the pay per click stuff marketed to DEs. One of the advertisers is giggle out loud funny although not intentionally so. The site bills itself as “How to start a clothing line”. They sell some books telling you how to make it in the business and even some software. For example, they sell an illustration package called HADDS (“The New and Incredible HADDS 2.0 – also known as the Harper Arrington Digital Design System”):
Their press release says
“HADDS was invented for clothing designers by clothing designers to help make sketches as realistic as possible,” … “Designers are reporting that our results are so lifelike that you can almost wear them…even laymen who have never sewn a stitch can create their own couture collection.”
Here’s a sample of one “lifelike” illustration from the package:
Hmmm, what do you think? A must buy? The site claims to have been voted “#1 site for fashion designers!” so it must be good although for the life of me, I’ve never heard of a popularity contest for apparel manufacturing sites but then, I’ve been wrong before. Or maybe I’m just jealous since I didn’t rate being included in the contest?
[amended] The program formally known as HADDS has been renamed to “Fashion Pro” aka “Fashion Pro by Harper”, then “Digital Fashion Pro by the Harper Arrington Company” and now, “Digital Fashion Designer Pro”. Why does the name keep changing? Customers will never be able to compare or read reviews of the product like that. Whatever you call it, it’s still the same program as before. As a practical matter, this might help you in house but it’s not useful to anyone else like contractors. As a pattern maker, I can assure you the depictions create more problems and ambiguities than they resolve. Seriously, there are no short cuts. For good working sketches, get a program like Illustrator or hire an illustrator.