Imagine a fashion designer at work. You might picture a woman in black sketching in a notebook. Fashion sketching is not just for Donna Karans. It can be fun for anyone, and it can help you elevate your sewing skills. There are many Fashion Sketches now available. Today I will show you how to use them in your own home sewing and what to look out for when choosing one.
What are Fashion Sketches?
A Fashion Sketches can be anything you use to draw ideas for clothes. The key feature of most sketchbooks that are specially designed is the inclusion of croquis.
You’ve probably tried freehand drawing a person. Most Fashion Sketches, though not all, print the croquis in light colors or with faint dots to avoid confusing images. You can find more information about different approaches to sketchbooks below. You’ll be able to draw a garment proportionally and the croquis will disappear into the background. This will give you a professional-looking image.
Fashion Sketches have the advantage of being easy to draw. You can use the croquis to draw your design and then mark your seamlines and details.
Fashion Sketches: How to Use It
- These books can be used in many different ways. Here are some of the most popular.
- Capturing Inspiration and Planning Outfits
- Have you ever seen someone in a stunning outfit and thought, “Oh, I must copy that!” before quickly forgetting?
It’s a great idea to always have a small sketchbook with you, as inspiration can strike at any moment. It doesn’t matter if you see a fashionable woman in the subway or a dress displayed in a fancy shop window, it is important to capture your ideas as soon as possible. You can either focus on a single item of clothing or try to capture the idea for an entire outfit.
You may get many ideas from fabric shopping. By sketching quickly, you can capture these ideas so that you can recall your original intent when you pull something out of your stash.
It can be difficult to recall all of your planned projects or to decide what next steps to take if you have too many. You can make a list of your ideas and create a plan by sketching them out.
Designing & Planning Garments
A Fashion Sketches is a great tool for planning new sewing projects. They can prove invaluable for sewists who start from scratch. You can use the croquis as a way to check out ideas on seamlines, necklines and any other aspect of a garment.
Even if you don’t draw from scratch, there are still many details that can benefit from a plan. These are the kinds of questions sketching can answer. What modifications will you make to the pattern? What would the look be with different sleeves? What are your plans for using the fabric? Are the proportions right for you? Or are you going to experiment with them? Sometimes, it is only after you have drawn something that you realize you need to make adjustments. It’s worth taking the time to review your plans and determine if you will need to make any changes before cutting into your fabric.
It is not common for a sewer to complete a project correctly the first time. Sometimes, after finishing a garment you will find that you need to make some changes the next time. If you’re like me, and you have the memory of a goldfish then it is worth recording any changes to the sewing pattern or future ones.
Note what modifications you made to your flat pattern. (Did you alter seam allowances?) To make your fabric work, cut it in one layer. What were the changes that you made during sewing? Did you change the order of your assembly? Do you find yourself nipping at your waist more? You can also include any notes about how to make it again, such as fabric requirements and special techniques.
After you have worn the garment several times, you can start to think about what you might need to do in the future. If you notice any additional changes that you need to make, you can capture it in your sketchbook. You’ll be much more likely to recall. It is often that I don’t realize the alterations I require until my garment has been washed several times and worn in different environments. Your sketchbook can be a living record of your sewing. It will help you to perfect your patterns and allow you to make changes as needed.