It was surprisingly easy to learn, and I quickly figured out that I could take a picture of the fabrics I had chosen, and use the actual fabrics in my design! That way, it was really easy to see how the finished garment would look. I was really happy with the results, and within a couple of hours, I was all done with my design! The sewing part took about 2 days.
Hopefully you'll have as much fun designing your clothes as I did!
Step 1: Sketch a Quick Silhouette
Step 2: Upload Your Fabric!
I selected "Multiply" in the layer menu, because that way I could still see my silhouette underneath the fabric blocks I was adding. I resized the fabric so that it was in scale to my body, and placed it on the silhouette according to the plan I had in mind.
Then, I removed the excess fabric on the sides of the silhouette, using the paintbrush tool set on "transparent". I also drew over my original pencil lines again, to make them sharper and cleaner. The "Steady Line" tool made it really easy to follow my original drawing.
Step 3: Filling Out the Details
I knew I wanted triangles of the patterned fabric to tie in the front, making a bow. So I selected "Add Image" once again, and added a block of the patterned fabric to the empty space below my silhouette. Then I used the "Steady Line" and "Symmetry Y" tools, and the paintbrush set on "transparent" to draw around a bow shape with a knot in the middle. I took off "Symmetry Y" to add little ties of fabric hanging down from the knot. We all know the ends of the ties won't be symmetrical in real life... they'll float around and do whatever they want!
Then I used the "Select" tool to select the bow I had just made, and drag it into position on my silhouette. Since I could still see the green fabric underneath the bow, I moved the bow away from the swimsuit while I tinkered with the "Layer" menu. I figured out that I had to change the setting from "Multiply" to "Normal", and then the bow looked just the way I wanted it!