|When I start getting creative about a new pattern I will try out ideas on the line drawing of that view. On the instruction sheet there is always a line drawing, front and back, of each view. Make a photocopy of this, increasing the size and trying to get the line drawing as large as possible. Make a number of copies to play with. You can then sketch patterns from possible fabrics like stripes, flowers, etc., whatever is on the fabric you might use. Colored markers can help. You can also sketch in embellishments like an embroidery motif you are thinking of using. You can draw in changes or modifications you are thinking about. This is a good preview and will help you make design choices. The line drawing is much more accurate than the fashion drawing on the front which is usually elongated and stylized.