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Technical Drawing of a Blouse Fastener
In my previous post I already explained how important is every line in a technical garment illustration.
Incorrect positioning of lines or their absence may cause wrong interpretation of a technical garment drawing and, consequentially, lead to production of a garment that doesn’t match your design idea and specifications.
Let’s demonstrate this point on a blouse fastener example. Have a look at the image below.
What does it look like to you? Are they button fasteners? Or, maybe they are snap-fasteners? Questions won’t arise if such technical drawing is accompanied by a detailed description of garment construction with a sample of a button or a snap.
What if you don’t have any description? Then, such questions are inevitable.
It is always better to depict buttonholes if you design a garment with button fasteners. You can draw only one button with a buttonhole in Adobe Illustrator, and then quickly create any number of buttons with buttonholes equidistant from each other.
A detailed step-by-step description of how to do it, you can find in chapter 8 of my textbook "The Craft of Garment Design with Adobe Illustrator".
There are several classical rules of allocating buttons and buttonholes:
1. Draw buttonholes horizontally on a blouse with a front facing. The button center should be positioned exactly on the center front line. A distance between the closure edge line and the center front line should be equal to 3/4 of the button diameter.
2. If you draw a blouse with a collar stand and a placket, depict one buttonhole horizontally on the collar stand. Buttonholes on the placket should be depicted vertically below buttons. Vertical buttonholes should be strictly on the placket middle line.
Experimenting with buttons and buttonholes is a very interesting exercise. However, think about your clients first before designing a garment with many buttons and unusual buttonholes. Will they have enough time and patience to fasten all these buttons?
Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator tools for drawing garments, including fasteners in chapter 8, by studying with my e-textbook "The Craft of Garment Design with Adobe Illustrator".