A co-worker of mine, Judy, inspired me to make the sketch of the dress with the zippers as the shoulder seams. She was wearing a black top constructed like this some time ago, and since then I’ve wanted to create … Continue reading
This week did some sketches on my plane ride back to Chicago. Once I had all my sketching stuff packed up, my companion in the neighboring seat mentioned he liked my sketches, especially the one that was the off-the-shoulder top. … Continue reading
I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately which makes having time for sewing difficult. But the great thing about sketches is how portable they are! Here’s a few more…
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1) Black top with grommet studded collar and peplum waist.
2) Grey striped jersey dress with crocheted doily collar appliqué.
3) One piece top and skirt. Top probably made of crepe de chine and the skirt made of heavy cotton.
4) Sleeveless blouse made of crepe de chine with tie neckline.
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1) Houndstooth blue and white dress made of crepe de chine with a tapered hem.
2 & 3) Color study of a polyester dress with large triangular collar
4) Navy cotton dress with many pleats. The top is many small pleats to create texture. The bottom is a three layer pleated skirt.
When I’m out shopping I’m always snapping pictures of designs that inspire me. Unfortunately in my phone it’s hard to find the clothing inspirations amongst my graphic design inspirations for work. I’ve decided to use the sketchbook as a place to centralize the “ready to wear” inspirations and test run my ideas for upcoming sewing projects.
I did the sketches quickly in pencil first and then added colored pencil afterwards. I may try that technique for a few more pages and then try using markers on some other pages to see which technique I prefer. The goal is for the sketch to be a thumbnail reminder of design details and not an exact replication.
Mostly when I’m out shopping my attention is grabbed by shirt and dress structures. In the sketches the details of the shirt or dress are what I had documented in my inspiration photos, the pants were an after thought to complete the sketch. My sewing focus at this time is on shirts and dresses.