|February/March 2003 article of Threads magazine had an article on sketching fashion ideas with a "croquis", a body outline with waist, bust, neck, and princesslines dotted in for accuracy. Since I look nothing like their skinny hipless croquis, I made my own (which can be seen on the URL link above) with the following method:
I had DH take a digital picture of me in my foundation garments (you should have seen the strange look on his face with that request, lol) and then opened it in Paint Shop Pro. I created a new vector layer, and on that layer I traced around my body shape and added the appropriate lines. I then deleted the picture layer and was left with just the outline. I resized it to fit on an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper and printed out a few copies to sketch with.
A word of warning - you won't get a very flattering image of yourself. I seem to remember the teacher in high school art class explaining that artists draw the human form 8 head lengths high rather than 7 like we really are because the change from 3-D to 2-D makes the form look shorter and squatter than reality. That's what I'm comforting myself with at this point, hehe. It's most likely possible to stretch the figure a bit with the computer program to look better, but I'm afraid I'll do it too much and end up pretending I'm a fabulous leggy model, lol. Besides, if the design looks good on this figure, it will look even better in reality, right?