The Croquis

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!

Lena Merrin
Lena Merrin

A dressmaker of many years, I enjoy drafting patterns and create custom garments.

4 thoughts on “The Croquis

  1. madwhimsy says:

    Good afternoon! Thank you for subscribing to my blog, and you have excellent timing. This afternoon I’d planned to draw out figures similar to these for use in my own garment sketching and you’ve saved me a load of time! So thank you a second time for pointing out the croquis. I went to an art school in Dallas, Texas, where quick drawings like these were called “gestures,” verb “gesturing.” Gesturing was great for learning artistic anatomy as well as gaining confidence in figure drawing. And, of course, helped one to draw figures much better.

    It’s been a lot of years since I went to that school, and most of my figure-drawing skills have evaporated, so drawing figures like this, accurately and in fashion-illustration proportions, would have taken quite awhile and lots of erasing.

    Is it okay with you if I post a link to this post on my own blog?

    Thank you kindly and have a great day!

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