10 Basic Fashion Designing Tools for Designers

I started my career as a Fashion Designer years back. Learning through my work and projects, I understand the structure of the designing process. Every fashion designer’s target is to start a successful career. They are always trying to please their clients with their creativity. The fashion platform is full of aggressive competition that is a challenge for all designers to face. To start as a professional fashion designer select proper Fashion Designing Tools and types of equipment in designing.

Fashion Designing Tools help you to minimize your time, create your thoughts with proper measurements, and develop your unique ideas into productivity. These are important aspects for students as well as professionals. Different tool kits that are used in these 10 basic practical categories of Fashion Designing.

1. Inspirational designing:

The designing impression is necessary for your outfit detailing. Without a good thought of design, implementation can’t happen. Your inspiration comes from anywhere surrounding you. It will help you to be more polished in design details such as sketching, coloring, rendering, etc.








Colors scheme 






Any art form

Customer demands 

Study and observation 

Your mood board creation

2. Sketching:

Execute your ideas through drawing and coloring. Sketching is the first important step in your design. Learn how to draw basic bodies, fashion illustration, postures, shading, and rendering your imagination for further implementation.

Sketching Tool Kits:

Sketchbook, chart paper, scrapbook, drawing sheet: A4, A3, etc.

Drawing pencils: Hb, 0.5mm,0.7mm. etc.

Shading (Shadowing) Pencils: 2b, 4b, 6b, 8b, charcoal pencils, etc.

White pencil

Pencil sharpener


Clear plastic ruler (18”, 1”x 6”, 1” x 12”) 

Color pencils or Staedtler color pencils 


Micro tech pens

Tracing Paper sheet or roll

Carbon paper

Graph paper

Drafting table

Board push pins

Watercolor, poster color

Round and Flat brushes number: 0,2,4,6,8,12


Paint Brush washer with brush holder( water containers)

3. Computer-Aided Design:

Another form used in drawing and sketching is Computer-Aided Design. In today’s updated fashion industry designers are choosing different types of software for their Auto CAD programs to implement their ideas into a structural form.


Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Photoshop


Rhino 6


C-DESIGN Fashion


Sketch pad tools: A sketchpad is the modern vision of computer-aided design (CAD) programs and important for computer graphics designing. It’s easy for fashion designers to carry a small sketch pad to create their imagination. 

4. Pattern Making in paper sheet:

After sketching your ideas, it’s time for the pattern making process. Where Fashion designers try to draft their designing into execution through measurement techniques, drafting dimensions, details in sizing, developing the design into the pattern sheet with proper measurements.

Pattern Making Tools:

The thick brown or white paper

Tracing paper for garments design

French curve 

Styling curve

Hip curve

L square

Tracing wheel 

Stitching Awl

55 mm ear-drops head Pins wheel 

Pencil (normal, red, white), etc.

Sharpener and eraser

Steel ruler 18”

Paper scissors

Measurement tape

Aluminum yardstick


White tape 

Scotch tape


Dress form, texi dress form(adjustable bodies)

5. Fabric Draping:

The intention of pinning fabric around the dress form is to understand the position of the outfit before stitching. It will help to check proper posture and body measurements. For doing this process we need some essential tools.

Draping Tools:

Fabric ( Kora fabric, Muslin, soft cotton)

55 mm head Pins wheel

Fabric tailoring chalk

Measurements tape

Hand stitching needles

Thread opener

Shears scissor

Thread cutter 

Style tape

Tailoring color chalk 

Tracing wheels

Tracing paper roll

Aluminum Yardstick

L square

French curve tool

Hip curve tool

Styling curve tool

Dress form, texi dress form (adjustable bodies)

Color Pencil

6. Fashion Dummies or mannequin:

We use a dress form to check basic fit, styling, and draping of the garments. Dress form helps to develop proper looks and cuts, shape, sizing, and design. By using dress form modify your creative draping ideas in pattern making and sewed clothing.

Dress Form Equipment:

Adjustable Mannequins (Size: Small, Medium, Large)

Taxi Dress form(adjustable bodies size wise)

Adjustable kits

Available in basic bodies: Man, Women, kids dummies.

Full body dress form ( Size: S, M, L)

Half body dress form (Size: S, M, L)

Plus size dummies: Male, Female

7. Fabric cutting:

Fabric cutting is another vital process in dress designing. When you have a proper diagram for your design pattern, place it into your fabric material, and trace it. It will help you exact grafting before sewing the outfit. There is various Fashion Designing Tools such as tailoring chalk, sizes of cutting mats, and hand shears scissors that are available in the market for students and professionals.

8. Ironing or pressing:

Iron is a heated tool to remove wrinkles from fabric. The heating is done depending on the types of fabrics. Fabric pressing tools are always used in garments draping, cutting, tailoring. It will remove crease lines from the dress material which help in proper ticking and sewing.

Pressing Tools:

Industrial iron

Iron table

Fabric steamer

Steam iron 

9. Sewing or Stitching:

Every fashion student learns about fabric classification, types, and texture before designing. Apparel construction always depends on the cost of material, durability, productivity, and customer satisfaction. The final technique in designing is to construct your outfits with the help of a stitching machine. You can say, the final output of your ideas and creativity. Different types of sewing kits help during the photoshoot, repair, alterations, and last-minute touchup for your fashion shows runway.

Sewing or Stitching Equipment:

Industrial Zuki, Brother, or Local stitching machines.

Tailoring chalk(color).

Different types and numbers of sewing and hand needles. 

Several types of cotton and synthetic threads.

Hand shears scissor.

Decorative trimmers.

Thread cutter.

Thread opener.

Fabric tapes.

55 mm head Pins wheel 

Fabric glue.

Industrial iron

Steam iron

10. Production tools:

Designers want to start production after finishing their designs. Appeal manufacturing is an organized technique done through the process of marking, cutting, stitching, ironing, folding, and packaging.

Essential Production Tools:

Tailoring chalk

Measuring tapes

Heavy-duty industrial iron

Hand shears scissor

Pattern papers 

Stitching according to sizing Dummies 

Sewing machines


Thread opener



Folding and Packaging

Use these Fashion Designing Tools as per your requirement in designing.

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s something else that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren, Designer

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