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Sewing Tip: Cutout Croquis

Threads #214, Summer 2021
Test fabrics with the croquis.

My body is asymmetrical due to scoliosis, and photos help me understand fit. I took photos in close-fitting clothes and printed them. I then made a personal croquis by cutting out my body outline, leaving a me-shaped opening in the paper. You can place the croquis in a clear page protector if desired. The croquis cutout is helpful in choosing fabrics and evaluating colors in actual fabric or with online swatches. I lay the cutout over fabric or hold it over the computer screen to see how designs or fabrics look on my shape. Testing color-blocking ideas and envisioning prints in a garment is fun and simple. I also use the croquis cutouts—placing them over the line drawings—when I buy patterns.

—Joan Lastovica, Somerville, Massachusetts

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