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Tip 255: Sketch It FirstBy DianeSev on 4/19/12 11:22 AM


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  • Remember those paper dolls you used to play with when you were little? Well, this way of capturing fashion inspiration is kinda like that...


  • Make a design template: Trace a lady's figure, front and back views. I traced one out of the Vogue catalog. Photocopy it. Zoom it to get several different sizes. Or make a croquis of yourself.


  • Every time you see a design or design detail that you absolutely love, race home and sketch it onto one of your photocopied templates.


  • Jot down a few notes to remind you where you saw it, why it caught your eye, the fabric, the color, etc. Design ideas can strike at any time -- walking down the street, at the movies, cruising RTW -- so BE PREPARED.


  • Affix the drawing to your sewing room wall. I loosely separate the sketches into tops, skirts, etc., and put them up along-side magazine clippings/postcards/labels, etc. I know it's messy, and if you sew in your dining room, this many not be possible, but I love having all that inspiration around me as I sew. Sometimes I just look around the room and marvel at all the amazing details those talented designer types come up with.


Submitted by Helen near Sydney.


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3 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Stitcher75 said... (4/30/12 11:27 PM) Reply
I had my husband take photos of me so that I could have a more realistic croquis. Also, I have literally hundreds of "inspiration photos" that I've taken or downloaded with my smartphone. With the proper software, the clothes can be superimposed over my croquis.
HDWen said... (4/28/12 11:49 AM) Reply
What a Great idea! And I love the thought of looking at the amazing ideas while sewing - Inspirational. Thanks
redpajamamama said... (4/19/12 3:41 PM) Reply
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