I have been having some fun dabbling in fashion design, (the mind's the limit!), but I have to be able to capture those designs on paper.(sigh) Needless to say, drawing is not my favorite accomplishment.
I bought the Drawing Fashion Flats class from Craftsy to learn how to draw fashion sketches. The instructor teaches you how to use croquis, and then techniques on how to add the appearance of shape and design details such as pleats, gathers, and cascading ruffles. I learned quite a bit from that class, not least of which was that croquis existed!
Croquis are the fashion designer's life saver, at least if you can't draw like me. Croquis are essential body shaped templates that you can trace over to design your garment. The Threads Croquis family is a fairly realistic set of fashion croquis. I think it is very important that when designing a garment that it is based off of a realistic body. Most fashion illustrations feature unrealistically skinny and tall models. I want my designs to look like the finished product which means the croquis proportions must be fairly similar to the body proportions of whoever the garment is for or at least an average body.
I know I still have lots of practice to do to get better at drawing and designing, but at least I know I can do it now!
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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