How To Create A Fashion Figure Templates Bank

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What Are Fashion Figures Templates?

As fashion designers, we always have a lot of things on our plate. We have to take care of the research, create the concept + mood board + palette. Then we have to design the collection (which includes tons of other things), make tech-packs. Make sure each garment has the proper fit, and a lot more! So, I’m always a big advocate of saving time in each and every possible step in the process.

That’s why today I’m sharing with you a great tip on how to save time during the design process with templates! Fashion figure templates are my best friends when I work on any fashion design project because they save me tons of time. And since I create my own templates, the style of my illustrations is always consistent.

To make the design process a lot easier for myself, without having to create a different fashion croquis for each outfit of my collections, I created a Fashion Figure Templates Bank. This is a bunch of my favorite fashion figures organized, and ready to use to design my fashion collections. It is quite easy to create, and it doesn’t take longer than 3 days.

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So how do we do it?

1. Decide What Poses + How Many You Want In Your Fashion Figure Templates Bank

The very first step is to know the purpose of your templates. This helps you to determine the poses you want to have. For example: Do you want your templates to showcase the front, back, or sides of the outfit? Do you want templates that feature the outfits in a lifestyle manner? Determine what kind of poses you need for your Templates Bank, and how many of each.

Tip: Start with 10-12 poses in your bank to have a variety. Then, you can keep saving pictures of poses that you like on a Pinterest board or a folder. This way they’re ready for the next time you want to create more templates for your bank.

2. Find Inspiration Pictures

This is an optional step you can take it if you want to have a clearer idea of the poses you’ll draw. However, you can skip this step if everything is clear in your head!

My two favorite sources of poses inspiration are magazines and Pinterest. There’re always tons of beautiful photographs showcasing different poses and attitudes all over Pinterest and fashion magazines. So, gather your favorite magazines and/ or look at Pinterest for the poses you’d like to have in your Fashion Figures Bank.

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3. Draw The Fashion Figures

Now it’s time to create the fashion figures for your Templates Bank. There are different methods you can use to draw them. My favorite is the one I teach in my course ( because it’s quick and easy, but you can use the one that you feel more comfortable with.


  • Consider where + how you’ll use your templates and create them in a size that you’ll use more often. If you’re planning to create illustrations that fit a Letter Size binder, then create your templates in that size. Or, if you want to create your fashion collections in an A3 sketchbook, then make your templates fit that size.
  • Use thick paper. Since the templates you’ll create are supposed to be used over and over again, it’s recommendable to use a paper that’s thicker than regular paper such as cardboard or bristol paper.
  • Retrace the fashion croquis template with ink. This is optional, and I especially recommend it when you use guidelines (or cheat-sheets) to create your fashion figures, and/or when you’ll use a no-see-through kind of paper to create your illustrations.

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4. Keep your templates safe + organized

For this, I use a big binder. I put each template inside a plastic sleeve, and I have small tags to separate the different kinds of poses like front, back, side, and lifestyle.

You can use whatever you feel more comfortable with to keep your templates safe and organized like a plastic folder, a notebook, or a binder (like I do :D). Or, you can even scan your templates, retrace them in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and organize them in your computer.

Now use your templates whenever you need them!

Creating your templates bank can seem like a lot of work, and it is at the beginning, but once you have it complete it’s when you save time because now you can use your templates over and over again in different projects.

I like to use my templates under tracing or markers paper because you can see through these kinds of paper and it’s super easy to retrace the templates. But, if you want to use a thicker kind of paper like bristol, you can use a lightbox to help you retrace your figures.

And, if you’re a little more ambitious and you want to have your templates as part of a sketchbook, then you can scan your templates, retrace them in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, put together the pages of the sketbook in Adobe Illustrator or Indesign, print it on your favorite paper, and bind it 😀

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Karen Avila is a self-taught fashion illustrator and surface pattern designer. She studied industrial design, and before graduating she launched her freelance business as a fashion creative. After five years working as a freelancer she founded Fashion Step-by-Step to mentor, teach, and inspire aspiring fashion designers and illustrators. She’s on a mission to help them embrace + trust + use their talents. She teaches and educates through her YouTube channel, her blog, free email courses, and her premium courses at the Fashion School. And she creates printable planners for artist, makers, and creatives to help them make their dream business a reality.

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Fashion Portfolio Blog Series

If you, or someone you know, wants to learn how to create a killer fashion design portfolio you can read the entire series here. Learn what it takes to build an amazing fashion design portfolio that will get you noticed and get your foot in the door.

  1. How To Create A Killer Fashion Portfolio
  2. Fashion Portfolio – Step 1 – Review Your Current Body of Work
  3. Fashion Portfolio – Step 2 – Find Inspiration
  4. Fashion Portfolio – Step 3 – Get Clarity of Concept
  5. Fashion Portfolio – Step 4 – Create A Mood Board
  6. Fashion Portfolio – Step 5 – Create A Color Palette
  7. Fashion Portfolio – Step 6 – Create Your Concept Board
  8. Fashion Portfolio – Step 7 – Sketch Out Your Ideas
  9. Interview With Sew Heidi – Successful Online Courses Creator
  10. Fashion Portfolio – Step 8 – Find Your Fabrics
  11. Fashion Portfolio – Step 9 – Add flat sketches
  12. How To Create A Fashion Figure Templates Bank
  13. Fashion Portfolio – Step 10 – Fashion illustrations
  14.  Interview With Karen Avila – Freelance Fashion Designer & Illustrator


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