My brains get all jumbled when I think of all the projects I want to do. So I usually end up overwhelmed and not doing anything. Sketching helps me focus and gives me something to do during weeknights when TV sucks. It's actually pretty easy for right-brained folks like me, if you don't try to do it from scratch. I found this Design & Draw Fashion Sketches tutorial series by Lauren Bradley of expertvillage on YouTube.
The tutorial, combined with lessons and templates from the book Fashion Artist by Sandra Burke that I borrowed from the library, gave me the basic know-how to produce my first sketch:
Look! I drew fashion!
Well, this is the first dress that I plan to make for wearing in public. The design components:
- I usually start with a fitted shift dress, because it's a style that fits me well. I think.
- Add some details for interest, otherwise it's too plain, because I will be making it with cotton. Ruffles are hot right now, but I'm not ready for them. Gathers I always have a hard time to make. So, pleats it is.
- Let's attach the pleats to the hem, because it will probably / hopefully be the easiest.
- I like the sleeves on this Burda 06-2009-122 top. Obviously have to pleat them to match the hem.
Now that it's out there, I have to actually make it and finish it, no matter how it turns out - if it does at all!