posted Oct 09, 2012
 

I found this beautiful lace/sequin dress in Topshop online.

Lace Design Illustrator

I have recreated this lace design in Illustrator using a seamless all over lace bitmap which I will make available in my download section.

Lace Design Illustrator

As a bitmap file, you can easily recolor the lace pattern in Illustrator and then drag to the swatch palette to fill you fashion design with your desired lace color.

Lace Design Illustrator

To recreate the sequin design I created a seamless pattern. To create a sequin make a circle and then with this circle selected double-click on the scale tool in your Illustrator tool box. Insert 20% in the uniform box and click on copy. A 2nd dot will appear aligned in the center. To create a “hole” select both circles and go to menu Object>Compound Path.

Lace Design Illustrator

 

Create a scattered pattern with the sequins. When you have a pattern, create a gradient pattern and with all circles selected, drag your cursor over (I dragged from left top corner to right bottom corner).

Lace Design Illustrator

Lace Design Illustrator

 

In making sure your lace design pattern is seamless you must make sure the sequins that are on the edge of your pattern, you must copy and paste the same degrees of color once again to repeat. In the above illustration you can see the colors within the circles on the opposite side of the square are not the same. Replace one side with the same circles on the other side as shown by selecting the top circles and going to menu Object>Transform>Move, insert the vertical measurement of your box and copy.

Lace Design Illustrator

With an empty box behind your sequin to define the pattern, you can now select all and drag into your swatch palette.

Lace Design Illustrator

In the newer versions of Illustrator you can include gradients in your pattern (I believe this started with CS5). But for those of you with earlier versions, you must expand the gradient before creating a pattern.Select all circles and go to menu Object>Expand. Select fill and you should get an expanded gradient as shown below.

Lace Design Illustrator

 

On your dress which is filled with your lace pattern copy and paste in front the same sections and fill with the sequins and reduce to desired size.

Lace Design Illustrator

If you are having trouble finding lace patterns, or creating your own, here are some links that may help you:

Lace Design 1

Lace Design 2

Lace Design 3 (have to pay for these, but they are very nice)

I hope this lace design tutorial is helpful. If you have any questions please contact me, Mollie.

 

 

 

 

 

  One Response to “Creating a Lace Design and Sequin Pattern in Illustrator”

  1. OMG i love your website great tools and advice!!!

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