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picts in head, on paper? can u help me?

bluefurs4 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hey All…..       I am having a hard time putting my visions on paper for anyone interested in my designs. I can totally make them, but how do I put them on paper?

I’m sorry, I’m talking about dresses… I think I’m just not much of an artist with a pencil. Is there like a template or art drawing book or something?

Please help me!…….Thanks,

Princess Dianah    A*K*A  Texas


  1. kaitydid | | #1

    theres a book called figure templates for fashion design. i don't have it though so i can't tell you if it's good or not.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    You can start by searching the Threads site for their croquis (human shapes) which you slide under drawing paper as a basis for your designs. 

    There are many websites and books available for fashion drawing, which is very different from figure drawing, and many community colleges and adult education programs offer fashion drawing and drawing for designers. 

    If, after some study, you find you don't have strengths in this area, you can team up with someone who does and who could sketch from finished garments or photos.

  3. sewslow67 | | #3

    Perhaps this link will help.  I suspect it might be one of the ones that Teal5 might be thinking of:  http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00147.asp  Good luck.

  4. bluefurs4 | | #4

    Thanks So Much!!!!!

    Kaitydid, Teaf5, Sewslow67,   I really appreciate your help.  I did print the croquis figures and it will be more helpful then what I could produce. I'm going to give it a shot and I'll let ya'll know how it turns out.

    Thanks Again! Write more later.......

    1. starzoe | | #5

      Once upon a time I bought pattern books (the heavy ones from the stores) and used the photos as line drawings for models in different stances. The out of date books sell here for $3 to $5.

      1. sewslow67 | | #6

        Oh, starzoe; what a great idea.  I also have trouble drawing anything ...let alone figures for fashions.  I like your idea as it would be easy to just "strip them down" and make copies of the figures in different positions.

        Also, isn't there a software program someplace (I just can't seem to locate where I saw it) where you input your body proportions, height, etc. and you can then put the patterns onto your computer body?  I think the point is to be able to actually see what the clothing looks like on your very own body.

        If anyone knows what I'm talking about, please share your knowledge, OK?  Thanks again, Starzoe!  I"m going to get once of those old catalogs the next time we get to a city (we live in a small village up in the mountains). 

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          Becky-book | | #8

          I don't know about a computer program to do what you want but Threads ran an article a little while ago that told how to photograph yourself(with a helper) and draw your own personal croquis (lumps and all). The point was to be able to draw your ideas on a base that was your shape and also to compare the drawing on commercial patterns to your actual proportions! Threads #125 July 2006 pg 51Hope this helps,

          1. sewslow67 | | #9

            Hi Becky:  Thanks so much for your suggestion and for taking the time to look up which Threads magazine included the article.  I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

            The bulk of my Threads magazines are still in my old place but will be here in a few weeks.  When they arrive, I'll be sure and check that out.  I started subscribing shortly after the magazine began publishing and, like many on this board, have kept every one.  The on-line index has helped a lot and has been a real time saver when I've wanted to find an old article but couldn't remember which issue it was in.

            Thanks again Becky; Bless You ...and happy sewing!

      2. bluefurs4 | | #7

        Hey you are right! And crazily enough, I did happen to buy 3 different books from the walmart store that was getting rid of their fabric department last year. I'm going to give That idea a shot too! Thanks...   :o) Talking to everyone later...... ;0)

        Smile It makes you Feel BETTER!....!!  :0)   :oP     ;.)

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