Designing my first Swim Suit Pattern

Many of you have seen that I have posted about the company Body Zone Swim that is using my pattern for one of their new swim suit line. I loved working with them - mostly because the founder is also a female entrapranuer that is totally rocking it - women working with women - love it! I wanted to give you an behind the scene peak about how I did the design process. 

I started with this painting that I painted a few months before. I took a photo (so much easier then scanning) and imported it into Adobe Illustrator and used image trace to get the organic feeling shapes. I then worked with the individual shapes to re-work the pattern making sure that the shapes match on the top and the bottom - and then side to side. This puzzle is one of the most challenging but fun parts of pattern making. I love how the process of creating a repeat transforms a group of motifs into a new art piece. It is such a magical moment right before you see how the pattern repeats in large scale.

Art board of my repeat tile - you can see how the shapes match - top and bottom - side and side.

Art board of my repeat tile - you can see how the shapes match - top and bottom - side and side.

Final repeating pattern!

Final repeating pattern!

As a self taught pattern designer - skillshare classes have invaluable in learning how to create repeats. Bonnie Christine and Elizabeth Olwen have the best classes on all things pattern design and are a delight to learn from.

This is the final result - you can buy the suite below from Body Zone here - Or pick a style and add my pattern! This project was so much fun and I can't wait to continue to design and see where my patterns end up next! I would love to be in touch about any questions, collaboration, project ideas that you have - feel free to email me at Courtney@courtneybeyerdesign.com!! 

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