Thursday, 20 February 2014

Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide - The Sideways Croquis

When I looked at my finished croquis last week, I didn't recognise it as my body...somehow it's not as I imagine myself. I think there might be a disconnect between how I actually look and how I think I look. Interesting (if a bit self-absorbed!). 

I wondered if this was because all the curves so apparent in profile were missing. Not any more!


I think this gives a much more accurate representation of my body including the areas I have difficulty fitting.

Just for fun, I tried some of the styles I'd blocked on to my front view croquis on this one:




think some of them look quite different in profile and probably more as they will look when worn.

I don't think I'll make a sketch of everything I sew but I think using both croquis might be useful for 'trying out' patterns I'm not sure will suit me.

So there you have it - would you make a sideways croquis?

Happy sewing, 'til next time!

13 comments:

  1. I have been vicariously following this project through yourself, and found this particularly interesting. My sideways view is certainly my least preferred and I rarely taken any photos of that view, but seeing how the different skirts lengths etc., change the overall look of various clothing combinations . . . . I may well have to start!

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    1. I thought that the side view would be more representative of my real body and I was right! I just knew that front view was far too flat. Looks like I shall have to get to grips with the FBA soon lol!

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  2. Good idea to do a sideways one too!

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    1. It was for me - the front view was far to flattering!!

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  3. I would for sure, though in a sense I've already had scores of them created through the many photographs that Tony has taken of me for my outfit posts. I know that (like many folks), I look best from a front on, or slight angle, not from the side (the back too isn't bad usually), but I dress with my appearance from all angles in mind and am grateful for the garments and accessories that help me make the best of my short, curvy figure where you're seeing me from the side, front or back (belts are awesome in the regard).

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Thank you very much your open, wonderfully nice comment on yesterday's post. I think that you've sincerely hit the nail on the head when it comes to blogging: do it for the fun of it! How can your heart and soul ever truly be into it if it's not fun for you at least the majority of the time?

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  4. Such a great exercise to do. I know you got lots of good information. I need to do this. I've wanted to do a croquis for a while now, but I'm too chicken! Scared of what I might see! Lol.

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    1. I can completely identify with that...but in the end I thought, "What the hell - better face the truth!" :))

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  5. I haven't gone to the effort to do this, but it certainly seems informative. How often do we see a side view of ourselves?

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    1. It's certainly seems a more 3D way to approach the body than face on - and sewing is nothing if not 3D!

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  6. oooh, I am not sure I want to see my sideways view although I always do look at it when trying on an outfit. I am a bit like a child who sticks her fingers in her ears and sings la-la-la loudly, thus ignoring my flaws! Your croquis look good though and it is interesting to see the side view after the front views. xx

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    1. I did think about just posting the more flattering front view but ultimately I thought this was more useful. I think I'm over the changes the years (and not to mention the impact of having children) have wrought to my body. I just don't have the dedication/interest to hone my muscles (lol) in the gym so I'd better get on and fit what I have!!

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  7. this is such a good idea. I really should get around to giving the wardrobe architect a whirl :)

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  8. You could...it's always fun to review and see if there's anything new to learn. But I think your wardrobe is pretty perfectly crafted already! :)

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