How To Design Custom Clothing?

Thinking about investing in custom apparel, but don’t know where to start? Knowing how to design custom clothing is a great way to get involved in the process, ensuring that your new t-shirt, pants, or suit matches your personal style.

Luckily, Q Clothier has a long history of designing custom apparel. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to design your own custom clothing, as well as how a professional clothier can help you through the process.

1. Conceptualization

The first step in any custom design is conceptualization. During this process, you can start by brainstorming ideas for the theme, shape, and color of the clothing. Here are some factors to consider when searching for inspiration:

  • Personal Style: Reflect on your own clothing and favorite styles to guide the direction of your custom design. What colors do you prefer? What garments do you wear on the regular? Identifying trends in your personal style is a great starting point.
  • Trends: New designs can always be enhanced by current styles. Stay updated on the latest fashion trends and incorporate elements that resonate with your aesthetic.
  • Occasion: Will you be wearing your new custom clothes to a wedding or your 9-5 job? Considering the type of occasion you need the clothes for will help determine certain design elements.
  • Function: Clothing that needs to be worn for several hours at a time needs to be extra comfortable, just as an outdoor jacket should be made of weather-resistant materials. Always consider the function of your custom clothing when choosing fabrics and styles. 
  • Body Type: Take into account your body type and silhouette to ensure the design flatters your figure.
  • Color Palette: Experiment with different color palettes to evoke the desired mood or create stunning contrasts through your custom clothing.
  • Cultural Influences: Draw inspiration from your cultural heritage or global influences to infuse uniqueness into your design.
  • Nature and Surroundings: Find inspiration in nature, architecture, art, or even everyday surroundings when looking to design custom clothing.

2. Planning Your Design

Once you have some ideas for the concept of your custom clothes, you can go forward with planning your design. This process can be done on your own or with the help of a professional tailor. We recommend:

Sketching Your Ideas:

You can use free design tools or a simple pen and paper to sketch out your design ideas. Focus on capturing the overall silhouette, details, and embellishments of your custom clothing. You can also incorporate measurements into these drawings.

Sketching Your Ideas

Choose Your Materials:

Select high-quality fabrics and materials that align with your design vision, desired comfort, functionality, and durability. Each fabric is unique, so it’s important to consider fabric weight, texture, and stretchability to ensure the perfect fit and feel for your custom garments.

Incorporate Personalization:

Explore options for adding personalized touches to your custom clothing, such as graphic designs, custom branding, logos, or text embroidery. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different customization techniques like direct-to-garment printing, screen printing, or embroidery to make your designs stand out.

Reaching Out To A Clothier:

If you’re not sure how to draw your design, or feel you have limited knowledge of fabric and styles, you can always reach out to a professional clothier. These experts can help you design your personalized clothing, providing sketches and measurements for you.


Bringing Your Clothing Design to Life

Now that you have a solid foundation for your design, you can create custom clothing. Generally speaking, these are the steps you’ll need to take next:

Production Process:

First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to produce your custom clothing yourself with custom design tools or partner with a manufacturer (clothier, print-on-demand service, etc.). If you have experience working with fabric, this process can be fun and exciting. You can familiarize yourself with the production process, including printing techniques, garment construction, and quality control measures.

However, we always recommend reaching out to a professional when you feel you lack experience, as several factors go into successful production. For example:

  • Pattern Making and Fabric Cutting:

    Once you determine a preferred design and choose your materials, you’ll need to create patterned templates that serve as the basis for cutting the fabric. Precision in pattern-making allows for detailed fabric cutting, which is crucial for maintaining the integrity of the design. Some manufacturers even use advanced cutting technologies (such as computer-controlled cutting machines).

  • Assembly and Sewing:

    Skilled craftsmen or sewing machines carefully stitch the garment together, ensuring seams are secure and details are precisely executed. If the design includes customization elements such as embroidery, prints, or special embellishments, these are incorporated during the assembly process. Whether it's a personalized logo on a t-shirt, intricate embroidery on a dress, or unique prints on a jacket, these details add the finishing touches to the custom garment.

Perfecting the Fit:

When designing your own custom clothes, you’ll need to check your measurements multiple times and make alterations when necessary. Consider your body type and use sizing charts to determine what will look best on you.

Clothiers can also provide fittings and adjustments during and near the end of the process. When working with one, you can try on the garment multiple times at various stages to allow for adjustments to guarantee it fits your body shape.

Perfecting the Fit


Whether you’re working with a clothier or not, you’ll want to Inspect your customized apparel carefully for any flaws or imperfections before finalizing the process. Look for issues such as misprints, uneven stitching, or color discrepancies, and address them promptly to maintain the integrity and quality of your custom clothing.

Why You Should Reach Out To A Professional Clothier

Whether you want custom-printed clothing or hand-sewn garments, seeking the expertise of a professional clothier can be beneficial. Here are some of the many reasons why you might consider reaching out to a professional clothier for assistance:

  • Expertise and Experience:

    With specialized knowledge of garment construction, fabric selection, and customization techniques, clothiers can add inspiration to your design in many ways. They’ll use their years of experience to provide you with thoughtful recommendations.

  • Access To Materials:

    Professional clothiers may have access to materials and technology that would be difficult for you to acquire otherwise.

  • Quality Assurance:

    It can be easy to miss small imperfections when you design custom clothing by yourself. Professional clothiers lend a second eye to your process, ensuring that every garment meets the highest standards of craftsmanship and excellence.

  • Tailored Fit:

    Measuring clothing to fit your body can be a difficult, awkward, and time-consuming process. Professional clothiers can easily take your exact measurements, helping you make adjustments and alterations as needed.

  • Time and Convenience:

    Save on production time by working with a professional clothier. By handling all aspects of production, from sourcing materials to garment construction, you can focus on other aspects of your life or custom clothing business.

Start Your Custom Clothing Experience At Q Clothier

If you need help designing your own custom clothes, it’s never too late to reach out to a professional clothier. At Q Clothier, our custom tailors know exactly how to provide you with the perfect fit, and a great long-term investment.

From custom t-shirts to fully customized suits, we’ll work with you every step of the way to meet all of your needs. Plus, you’ll be able to sit back and relax knowing you’re going to get the best quality. Not only are our tailors highly experienced, but we only partner with the world's finest mills (e.g. Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana, Scabal, and more).

So, if you’re interested in starting your custom clothing experience, you can get started on our website, or contact us at one of our many locations around the US.