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Posted on: 2/2/07 4:44 PM
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Remember those cut-out paper dolls you used to play with when you were little? Well, this is kinda like that ………

Make a Design Template:
Trace a lady’s figure, front and back views. I traced one out of the Vogue catalogue, maybe the sloper one at the end. Photocopy it. Zoom it to get several different sizes.

How to use your Design Template:
1. Every time you see a design or design detail that you absolutely love, race home and sketch it onto one of your photocopied templates.


2. Jot down a few notes to remind you where you saw it, why it caught your eye, the fabric, the colour, etc. Design ideas can strike at any time - walking down the street, at the movies, RTW, our own PR - so BE PREPARED!

3. Whack some Blu-tack on the back and stick the template to your sewing room wall. I loosely separate the sketches into tops, skirts, daks, etc and put them up alongside magazine clippings/postcards/labels, etc.


I know it’s messy, and if you sew in your dining room this may 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 the amazing details those talented designer types come up with.

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Elle D said... (11/20/09 10:53 PM) Reply
Great idea, thanks for sharing.
Miss Fairchild said... (7/19/08 11:42 AM) Reply
The links go to Flickr's home page, not the item listed.
Grammy Gin said... (4/9/07 11:26 AM) Reply
Helen, I really enjoyed viewing your album. You are very talented, your sketches are great! Thanks for sharing.
KempCorr said... (2/4/07 5:54 PM) Reply
Threads had an article a couple issues ago about making the template in your own shape from a photo. Not only can you save the ideas, you can also get a quick reality check on whether the style that caught your eye will work for you.
Janime said... (2/3/07 2:17 PM) Reply
Love the template wall!
OP Gal said... (2/3/07 9:33 AM) Reply
Great idea, Helen. You're right, it really helps to see your idea sketched before you sew. Since I don't look like most fashion sketches, I use the plus size croquis in Threads 105. It helps me see how a style will really look on me the way I look now, not my unrealistic image of myself that was accurate 30 years ago.
Annie- oh said... (2/2/07 8:45 PM) Reply
KarenP said... (2/2/07 8:02 PM) Reply
I love this idea, especially writing down notes about why the item caught your eye. I need to see things to remember them, so sticking them on the wal would really help!
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