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August Discoveries


Make a croquis just for your body!

August Discoveries

Discovery of the Month


If you like to spend time sketching your projects before you sew, you probably value a good croquis. A croquis is an outline of your silhouette that you can use for fashion sketching, so you know what a garment will look like on your shape. Now there’s a new app that will help you build a custom croquis based on your body’s unique measurements.

Erica Schmitz created MyBodyModel to celebrate diversity in fashion sketches. “Every body is different, and making clothes to fit your own unique body is so empowering! I wanted to bring more of that feeling to the initial creative process of planning and designing our makes.”

If you’ve participated in Design Your Wardrobe, you know the importance of sketching and planning—it makes you look at your projects in a different way.

“There’s something amazing that happens when we sketch our sewing ideas on an outline of our own bodies,” Erica says. “Suddenly it’s easier to look at our bodies from more of a creative and artistic perspective, and less of a judgmental one. It’s also really useful to be able to sketch a pattern or garment silhouette on an outline of your own body, see how it will look—before you cut into precious fabric or spend hours making something!”

To create your custom fashion sketch, check out the app here.


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