Friday, August 21, 2009

How To Make Fashion Croquis For Your Exact Body Shape

Hello, again!

Today's tutorial isn't a "back to school" tut, but it sure is useful for anyone who wants to make their own clothes. (And who doesn't need new DIY school clothes?)

I'm going to tell you how to make your own fashion croquis, using yourself as the model. For those of you who don't know what croquis are, they're drawings of people, over which a designer draws sketches of their clothing designs.

Now, usually these croquis are of tall, super skinny girls. Well, that's fine and dandy if you're tall and stick thin, but most people aren't. Heck, even if you are, those croquis are most likely not going to look exactly like you, right?


That's why we're going to be making croquis to match our EXACT body types. After all, what good is designing your clothes on a model whose body looks nothing like yours?

First, you're going to want to either strip down to your underwear, or put on a bathing suit or tight fitting clothes. Basically, you want to be able to clearly see the lines of your actual body, not the lines of your clothes.

Grab a camera with a self timer (or a friend who doesn't mind seeing you in your skivvies) and take a full body shot of yourself. I stood with my feet apart and my arms away from my body, so I'd have room on my croquis to draw flowy garments.

Print out your photo.

Grab a plain piece of paper, place it over your photo and trace your figure with a sharpie, marker or dark-colored pen. You may need to use a light box or window to see your figure clearly.

WARNING: You will be taking photos of yourself in a state of mild undress. Please use caution and delete these photos when you are done. Make sure to keep any prints in a safe place. I am not responsible if your photos end up in the wrong hands. You've been warned.

You're done! You now have a perfect fashion croquis of yourself. Whenever you want to sketch some designs, place some paper over your croquis and draw the design on top. If you traced with dark enough lines, you'll be able to see your figure through your paper.

Here are some designs I sketched using my croquis:

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and, as always, any comments, questions, suggestions and/or requests are greatly appreciated.
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Anonymous said...

Great idea. Thanks.

Idris Veitch said...

this is simple yet great idea. thank you very much ^^

Lotta@TroublemakerStreet said...

When I'm tracing something, I use my makeshift "lightbox". It's simply my sofa table. I simply put a lamp underneath, pointing it up. My table has a huge drawer under the whole surface, which only can be opened to half it's length to each side. If I need the whole surface, e.g. for a large pattern, I just put a small spotlight into the closed part of the the drawer, in addition to one of my halogen floorlamps which I always use (I'm just laying it down on the floor).

For a small drawing, even a tiny glass table will do, or if you have a glass door, you can also position a lamp against one side and hold the picture/sketch paper against the other side.

I just got myself a new sewing table, two bases with shelves underneath (for my serger, sewing machine and all my other things!) with a thick desktop just placed on top of the bases (gave the bases castors, so if I need to clear the space, I just take the top off and wheel the bases into a corner - super for a flexible sewing table. I noticed that Ikea now even has a desktop with a built-in lightbox. For some reasons I didn't get that one, but it really looks great!

Anonymous said...

This is one of those things that I have been looking for thank you so much for this tutorial...I am going to be doing this for sure thank goodness I have a very wanderful hubby who wont mind seeing me in my skivvies...LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

You are a pretty clever girl. I plan to make a croquis soon. Thank you so much.

charlene said...

Thanks so much. I tried doing the stick-figure thing, but it didn't come out well enough. heheh.

Impish said...

You're welcome, Charlene! Glad you liked it. Those stick-figure croquis don't work for anyone I know haha

Guest said...

Great low-tech suggestion. I did a search for this idea, thinking I'd use Photoshop, Illustrator, or an electronic tablet to trace the outline. Maybe I'll try them all and see which yields the best results.

Jill of all Trades said...

glad I stumbled upon you! I know there are software programs where you can make your own but I'm just not tech savvy. This is the perfect solution!

I think if you use one of those Kodak kiosks you could even blow yourelf up a bit to 5x7 or 8x10, too.

Thanks so much!

Impish said...

Glad you liked it, Jill of all Trades!

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