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One of the reasons I have not been updating my blog very often this week is that I have been working on a small collection of summer clothes. There are so many ways to get inspired: nature, architecture ( remember Project Runway challenge? ) and, of course, fabric.
I get inspired by fabric. It goes without saying that I have an enormous collection of fabric, and I never leave a fabric shop without a purchase. I can browse for hours, time just stops to exist. I find it much easier to match design to a fabric than other way around – when I see it, I know exactly what I can make with it.
So back to my clothes collection. I have a very cute crinkle cotton in small feminine print of field flowers, butterflies and grass hoppers that I plan to combine with linen in natural hues of green and brown. I have been drawing various designs for more than a week now and I think I am getting very close. In my work I use templates called Croquis. Have you heard of these wonderful things? They are extremely helpful and can save you a whole lot of time and effort ( especially if you can’t draw well ). The croquis are basically the quick sketches of a live model. You can print them out and then draw your designs over them. You can buy plastic templates, draw them yourself or download them off web – there are so many talented artists offering them free. Here is one of them here with a good selection of downloadable croquis offered free.
Here is the croquis I use. Feel free to download them, I am sure you will find them as useful as I do!