Digital Spec Drawing for Fashion

When and Where

7 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020 (19.5 hours, 3 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 09:00 - 16:30
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

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Keren Brat
Course code

What you will learn

This course will run on the following dates: Saturday 7th November, Sunday 15th November and Sunday 22nd November. This is a beginners course, designed to introduce you to using Adobe  Illustrator as a tool in creating Vector spec drawings for Fashion. Digital spec drawings (also called flat drawing, technical drawing or working drawing) are vital tools in the industry and help designers communicate ideas for production & manufacturing in a clear, professional way. Specs are used throughout the design process and include vital information such as panel detailing, fastenings, stitching, label position, trimmings, facings and pockets. If you are just interested in elevating your work to be presented more professionally or considering to become becoming a pattern maker, garment technologist, designer or product developer; this course is ideal for you! On completing this course you can progress to the 2nd part of the course (Intermediate)in which you will complete a range plan for a capsule collection and create a spec sheet for UK factories.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • To trace on top of a scanned spec, drawn by hand as a guide
  • To complete spec drawings for different fashion garments using Adobe Illustrator
  • To use basic tools in Adobe Illustrator such as selection tools, text tool, anchor points, shapes, strokes and masks
  • To use simple manipulations such as reflecting, changing proportions, rotating, duplicating and joining
  • To use layers in order to organise your workspace
  • To add colour blocks and textures to a spec

Class format and activities

The sessions will involve tutor demonstrations, followed by practical exercises and individual mini tasks for you to experiment with. The classes are informal and allow for on-going questions and answers, technical advice and support depending on your needs, as well as for individual tutorials. You will be given structured exercises to follow. This course will be of more benefit to you if you have access to a computer with Illustrator outside of the class in order to practice the skills you will learn. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will receive continuous feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend both sessions to get the most out of the course. This course is suitable for complete beginners using Adobe Illustrator software, but basic computer skills are essential for making the course a success. Therefore, all students are expected to be confident in using a computer for tasks such as word processing, saving, managing files, browsing the internet etc. As part of the course you will be asked to read hand outs, take notes and discuss related topics, therefore, all students must be able to speak, read and write in English.

What you need to know before you enrol

As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, draft a simple spec by hand using a template, take notes and discuss related topics. As this is a computer-based course students will be encouraged to be aware of fatigue and eye strain and to take breaks when necessary. Computer study forms a significant part of the course, and you may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what they have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor.

What you will need for your class

It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive, for storage during the course and final export of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.

What you can do next

Students could progress onto our part 2 of the spec drawing course– Intermediate in the Spring Term and take any of the pattern cutting or Adobe CC courses at Morley College