One of my New Year’s resolutions is to watch and make use of the Craftsy classes I’ve accumulated. I’ve also stuffed my ankle so I’m looking for more sedentary things to do at the moment (twiddling my thumbs for 3-4 months is going to test my patience).
Anyway, the first class I’ve watched has been Drawing Fashion Flats: Designing Construction Details I often do sketches when I’m trying to knock off a garment I’ve seen or see how a pattern’s proportions work on my croquis, so I thought I’d give this class a go. I have been working on plans for a summer wardrobe, so I could put the class to work by drawing out my plan.Just as a baseline, here are the sketches that I did for potential tank/camisole patterns before I watched the class.
The first couple of lessons appeared a bit slow paced but it was quite amazing how your technique ( and confidence) was built over the lessons. Very quickly I was drawing ruffles, flared hemlines and pleats that looked half reasonable. My collars need a bit more practice, but they have improved also. There are lots of tips thrown into help with proportions, making things symmertical and adding dimension. It also covers drawing to scale and using a template.
The emphasis is hand-drawing the flats. There is no examples of computer drawn flats. Which is fine by me as I enjoy putting pen to paper and doodling.
After watching the lessons, I spent the best part of day drawing flats using my own croquis as the template. Mainly, I concentrated on patterns I was considering for the summer wardrobe – mainly tanks/camis, a swimsuit with variations, shorts, and a couple of light tops/shirts. So here are a couple of examples.
Can you spot an improvement in my drawings?
In my next post I will have a couple wardrobe plans that I’ve put together using the sketches.