This week's exercise was about taking a look at the silhouettes you like to wear. For all the details, go here.
I really struggled this week. I'm not sure why - I've driven a lot of miles over the past few days so tiredness could be a factor. Anyway, for some lovely silhouettes take a look at Sarai's gorgeous Polyvore images, here..
The idea is to find silhouettes you like rather than silhouettes that create a perfect body shape, but in the past I've overdosed on Trinny & Susannah-type advice, and have somewhat rebelled...I know that lower/wider/wrap necklines will flatter a large bust, but if it's cold and snowy outside I want a polo neck regardless. Possibly I am too much of a practical person to take a lot of interest in investigating silhouettes!
Anyway I was determined to do something this week towards this project which will be useful for me and future sewing, so I decided to make a croquis:
I've wanted to do this before but was too lazy, so this project gave me the push I needed. I used a traced photograph to make my croquis, but I suspect there is a much more hi-tech way. I wore leggings and a vest top for my photograph and that worked out quite well except I think I have a bit more waist definition in real life, as the vest top skimmed over the indent a bit (if that makes sense).
I then drew on some different shapes and styles, mostly 'bottoms', as that's the area I was mostly looking at last week. They aren't whole silhouettes as was intended in the exercise but it is quite interesting to see how different lengths and styles appear on my (pretend) body.
More skirts and a couple of dresses
I'm keeping an open mind as to the usefulness of my croquis. I think I may need to be a little less tired to decide whether I've learnt anything! One thing I feel is that a side view would have been useful especially for seeing what styles of tops look good, but I have to confess I'd run out of steam by the time I'd done these!
Have you ever made a croquis and do you think they are useful (be honest - I'd love to know!)?
Happy sewing, 'til next time!