I will be the first to admit, that I am not the greatest drawer when it comes to designing. However give me a sketch and I will be able to produce a pattern and handset a garment together that will fit. I prefer to design from seeing fabric, rather than plan out the design and go from there.
This way hasn't always been the most productive though when in my younger years I had to prove my design abilities and have a portfolio showcasing my work. Along the way Ihave practised practised practised - until I found my own style. To help me I followed the rule of splitting the fashion model 5 times and taking a couple of mm off around the edge of the body.
For those of you who have read "How to become a Lingerie Designer" will recognise this picture, for those who haven't, this tip and a whole host of others can be found in the book to get you started.