25 March 2012

Dressmaking croquis.

I made a dressmaking croquis of myself. Croquis can mean any kind of fashion sketch (it's just French for sketch), but it's often used to mean an outline drawing of yourself used as a template. The idea is that you can then overlay the technical drawings pattern companies provide to see if you like the look of the clothes on yourself before making them and to see if there's anything that looks like it will need changing or will be a fitting problem right from the outset. A lot of people on sewing blogs have been trying it recently, inspired by the Colette sewing book, and I thought I'd give it a go. My poor sewing machine's been neglected for a while. and last week I started finishing off some dressmaking projects and making some things I need (to be posted when finished).

When I was at school we used some ancient computer program to try to produce one in textile class. It was terrible, you gave the computer various measurements and it drew what you apparently looked like, but all of them were wrong and made most people look like they had something seriously wrong with their legs. I used the much simpler  method of quickly tracing round a photo of myself (there's something weirdly satisfying about using Photoshop like it's MS Paint). I spent hardly any time doing it, and the results are hardly polished graphics, but I just wanted to see the results quickly. I'm not sure how useful the whole thing actually was, especially because some of the drawings are not the length I'd actually make the things in, but it was fun anyway.

croquis front public

Front view, with gormless dot face. I'm pretty much the same proportions as they give on the sizes of the envelope, but I do have some fitting problems ...

20 March 2012


view 2

This is the bedroom I share with my boyfriend in a 1 bedroom flat. The bedroom and kitchen are tiny, but made up for by a big airy living room. This is the first time I've had a bedroom which hasn't had to double up as anything else. It's quite relaxing really. I'm not sure you actually could get anything else in here. The plaster on the walls seems to be made of ground up diamonds, and putting up the curtain track and mirror was such a pain that I don't feel like putting up any picture frames. I think too many pictures in here would look cluttered and claustrophobic anyway.

05 March 2012

Pillow rush herds of walruses and whales


I made some whales using this tutorial I found on Pinterest. The big one is a cushion for our sofa, and the small ones are gifts for friends.

whale sofa

Here's a (not so great) photo of the cushion on our sofa. Marcos says he wants a manatee shaped one now.


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