Best Fashion Sketchbooks for Beginners

Sketchbooks are a great creative outlet for many types of artists, including fashion and shoe designers. These books come in various styles and sizes. While seasoned professionals may prefer blank sketch pads, there are a range of options on the market suited for novices. These include extra features like pre-drawn figure templates and fashion dictionaries, which illustrate and label the different types of garment and shoe silhouettes. Some even offer some professional advice for those looking to pursue fashion design as a career. Whether it’s simply one of your hobbies or you want to make it big in the industry, we’ve rounded up some of the best fashion sketchbooks to foster your growing skill. Bonus: These also make great gifts for friends and loved ones, too.

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1. Pro Fashion Sketchpad

This sketchbook features 590 pages of female figure poses and accessory templates.

Pros: It also includes pages on measurements, a list of top luxury brands and a fabric glossary.

Cons: It’s not an instructional book.


2. Essentials Fashion Sketchbook

This sketchbook features figure templates, industry terms, fabric descriptions and size conversions.

Pros: Provides vast design knowledge and pre-drawn templates.

Cons: It has no male figures.



3. The Fashion Sketchpad

This book provides pre-drawn, proportioned figures and a design silhouette guide.

Pros: It also features a professional garment encyclopedia.

Cons: No male figures are included.

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