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Pattern designs for children





Pattern designs for children

Recently, I created two sets of pattern designs for children for an online course; ‘Rise, Design and Shine’. Actually, the first set was for a separate brief, or a trend report, set by Emily Kiddy. I created a series of three ‘Cats in Space’ designs, for younger girls. The main design has cute cats wearing astronaut helmets, and my coordinates were of space mapping and cat’s faces with stars.

The second design collection was for the ‘Cute Character’ brief (week two). We were to design as the title says, ‘Cute Characters’, and I decided to create a pre-teen boys collection. As I had already created a cats space theme and thought it would be lovely to see this theme run through into boys’ apparel.

For this collection, I designed a rosy cheeked space boy, to be placed on a pyjama top and two coordinates for the bottoms. The space boy illustration is pretty simple in design, when compared to the matching space patterns. I have noticed a trend where pyjama tops have one image and the bottoms have a busy pattern. I used the space boy, two aliens, planets and stars for one of the patterns and a bold planet and stars pattern for the second design. The overall collection has a graphical feel and stronger colours, suited for pre-teen boys.

In the near future, I’d like to produce an additional two designs, because I went a bit overboard with my initial drawings, so have a number of as yet unused images which I can re-purpose. I’m thinking of a softer palette as an alternative to the primary colours, especially in the striped planets and stars pattern. I find it interesting to see variations within a theme.


‘Cats in space’ girls apparel collection

For my Cats in Space patterns, I initially painted the cats using watercolour and ink, collage and crayons. Then, I put them together in PhotoShop, bringing in some hand drawn icons from Illustrator. I love the colour palette. The brighter pinks, oranges, lime green and yellows stand out against the navy, black and soft greys.


Pre-teen boys ‘Space boy’ apparel collection

When creating my initial drawings for this collection, I began by using marker pens, gouache and watercolour. I’d say that for this brief I was much more experimental with materials and had a lot of fun drawing aliens, space boys, rockets and other space images. As mentioned earlier, I still have lots more material to play around with for more designs. I love my little wash bag, which my husband likes too! Hmmm… I may just have to look into this!!

Weeks three’s brief is all about florals, and those who have been following my blog, Instagram and Facebook page will know that I will be very excited about this! (grinning widely)  😀


Emma Jayne x



Geometric sportswear pattern designs





Sports bra, bag and shoes were taken from Zara and are available in white. My designs have been overlaid for the purpose of the design brief.


The first thing I’d like to say before revealing the content of this blog post is, “Sorry for the delay!”. I’ve been super busy over the past week and feel that I have had a thousand and one things to do. I am just calming myself down from a virtual panic attack. At times like this, when I have an unusually heavy workload, I write a list. I find it a huge help as it allows you to see clearly what you need to do.  There’s also a certain satisfaction that comes with ticking off each item as you do it.  I’m happy to say that there are only a few items which now need completing. Phew!!

Ok. I’ve been creating geometric sportswear pattern designs and have loved the creative process. It’s interesting because when I last created abstract prints, I totally immersed myself in the brief and just went for it! I didn’t have a final outcome in mind at all and let the flow carry me.  Well, the same has happened when producing my ‘Geometric abstract collection’. I just wanted to have fun and play around with colours, shapes, lines and textures, and that is precisely what I did!

When researching for my patterns, I was inspired by abstract art. I love how shapes are positioned within the space and how abstract art doesn’t replicate actual things, but instead uses design elements such as colour, shape, form and marks to achieve an effect. You will be able to identify with this when you see the visuals.

These are my initial experimental pieces:





Here are a couple of patterns that I created from my initial abstract pieces.




Geometric sportswear pattern designs

Here is my final geometric pattern collection for sportswear. Geometric surface designs seem to be popular on sportswear. Here’s a prime example. Would you agree with me on this one?



I’ve mixed angled figures with round shapes, which actually look great together. I created the textures in PhotoShop using the brush tool, and the polka dots were created in Illustrator.

Of all the designs, I have to say that my favourite one is on the sports bag. The shapes really work well in large scale, which is based on the pattern for the leggings. These were fairly hastily put into a repeat and I will to return to this pattern in the near future, and develop it further.


Happy creating!

Emma Jayne x