|My croquis, front and back|
The blogging world seems to be flooded with them now, thanks to Colette's Sewing Handbook, which recommends you make one to try possible patterns on, to see what suits you. I first heard about it on a Sew Weekly forum (I haven't bought the book yet myself, though I intend to!!). Doing a quick Google search, I found dozens of pages of them, and it really inspired me! I especially like what Michaela from Polka Dot Overload has done with hers, there's a neat video tutorial too!!
I made mine by printing off a photo of myself, tracing it, then scanning and cleaning up my traced version. I intend to use it to see what clothing styles would suit my body, so I made it as true to life as possible. However, knowing it could be quite unflattering, I put myself in high heels to make it a bit more flattering :) Will have to remember to take this into account when considering designs though!!
I printed one off, intending to use it to put pieces of paper on top of to trace clothes onto. Then I remembered this tutorial, and went on to lighten the image until almost invisible, and printed off several more copies. Now I can see the croquis lines, but I should be able to colour over them when I draw the clothes on top!
|See the feint croquis prints on the left?|
Additionally, I printed another one off and drew balance lines on it at my waist, hips, etc. On the back of this, I set out my various measurements (you can see the part of me they refer to thanks to the croquis just being visible through the paper on the other side!)
|Front and back of my "additional details" croquis|
I can't wait to start playing around! It reminds me of playing with paper dolls, or the fashion design class I took in year 9! I'm off to but a pack of coloured pencils tomorrow :D
Have you jumped on the croquis bandwagon?