Fashion Sketching (And Other Amusements)

Are you surprised? Another post so soon after the last one! What is that old damselfly up to? Well, just for starters the unbelievable high heat broke finally so I don’t feel like I’m imminently going to melt into a pile of goo! The brains work again even if the body, at least the foot, doesn’t. Things are looking up! And I have plenty of time on my hands right now. Heh.

Last post I started to (badly) show the sketch of an idea for a jumpsuit that I was thinking about making. I used a printout of my personal fashion template that I recently purchased from My Body Model an app that uses your own measurements to create a shape that more closely resembles the real you. What I especially like about it is that you can mess with the results until you are completely happy with it before you fork out any money! When you pay (there’s a system of “credits”) you have the choice of a basic PDF package of page layouts or one with more options. I just got the basic one and it works fine for the kinds of things I want to do. You also get a plain PDF file that you can use in a drawing program if you want. I prefer an excuse to buy more brush pens! Just to show you how accurate the My Body Model croquis is, here’s a comparison of my sketch from 4 years ago made from a photograph and my personal MBM template.

The Real Me!

MBM’s feet are a little small (and I don’t have big feet!) and the hips look a little wider because the hip measurement is distributed around the whole shape rather than just in front where I carry my weight. Otherwise it looks pretty close particularly when I draw hair and glasses on her. It definitely looks better than the usual fashion croquis that makes a body ridiculously out of proportion to reality. Nobody is actually 9 heads tall, are they? If you don’t feel like you’re very good at drawing there’s lots of tutorials (both free and paid) available to learn some easy ways to put clothes on your template. I had great fun designing a jumper dress based on a York Pinafore hack for a gathered skirt version.

Plaid York Jumper Sketch

And when I was finished sewing, I dressed up like the sketch.

The Real Plaid York Jumper
Back View

Looks pretty similar, doesn’t it? The fabric is a “100% unknown fibre“ brushed back twill in an asymmetrical plaid that’s been in my stash for eons. It’s actually quite nice feeling for a synthetic but a burn test wasn’t definitive. I’d have thought polyester but it didn’t melt away from the flame and wasn’t self-extinguishing. It seemed to react more like acrylic which I’ve only experienced as yarn. Weird. Anyway, I love the colours and I’m sure I would have used it up long ago except for the fact that it’s very lightweight and clingy. In order to foil the cling factor I decided to fully line it with some coordinating cotton/poly shirting that I had also in stash without a clue where it came from.

I used the burrito technique to line the bodice and then attached the skirts (main and lining) each to its own layer so there’s no seams visible inside. I also added in-seam pockets because…pockets. Skirt and lining were hemmed individually also and I’ve worn this a lot since I finished it. Obviously a successful make! Here’s an interior view of the bodice so you can see the topstitching and lining fabric. My new tag went nicely too don’t you think?

Interior Detail

So you can see how being able to sketch out your ideas can be very helpful in visualizing how they will look in reality. You can “try on” garments and change the proportions or plan outfits and capsule wardrobes easily before you commit actual fabric to the project. It also allows you to look at your own body with some detachment so your judgement isn’t as laden with so much personal baggage. It’s just paper dolls! And yes, if you’re like me and loved playing with paper dolls as a kid, you can make your own personal “paper you” all ready for your wardrobes of fabulous clothes. Anyway I’m sold. I have more My Body Models to show you but right now I’ll just leave you with this Hipstamatic photo of my backyard. I got a new “lens” and “film” pack: Moab. Couldn’t resist since I’ve actually been there! I should remember to play with this app more often now that I have a better camera in Thom’s old iPhone, huh? It’s nearly impossible to take a bad shot. So artsy.

8 thoughts on “Fashion Sketching (And Other Amusements)”

    1. Oh thank you! Yes you should give sewing a go. I got my first sewing machine over 60 years ago when I was 8. I made a lot of my own clothes in high school and as a young mum. The sewing was a bit more sparse in the 90s but picked up again and I’ve sewn a majority of my clothes in the last 10 years or so. Even Thom is developing a closet-full now! It’s great fun to wear clothes that fit and are totally me!

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  1. What a nice looking jumper. Beautiful work. What a great way to deal with the uncomfortable feel of synthetics. It’s particularly annoying when living in hot, humid Florida. And pockets too! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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    1. Thank you! It feels really good to be using up my stash fabrics. This plaid has been in there for maybe 15 years or more! I loved the colours but am not a huge fan of pattern matching asymmetrical plaid. Whatever was I thinking when I bought it? I’m being much more discriminating now!

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  2. Love the colored plaid jumper!! Nice change from all the beiges/browns/greys & you know I’m a fan of color!! Sorry to read about your accident too – hope that’s all healed up. I can’t believe how breakable we become over 60. It’s just not fair that our ‘golden’ years are lined with tinfoil!

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    1. So glad I finally pleased you with my colours, Sharon! The foot is going to take awhile to heal: 8 weeks minimum. I’ll find out more at the specialist tomorrow. Ugh, there goes my entire summer. One wrong move…

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  3. Phew, I almost missed this one! Lovely jumper, tag and bag. (I’m trying desperately to remember the last time I bagged a garment…hmmm…)

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