Saturday, 7 February 2015

Capturing ideas and inspiration

Sketching my sewing plans and visually capturing my ideas is a fairly recent activity for me. I've never considered myself to be good at drawing and shied away from picking up a pencil. This has changed recently and I thought it might be fun to share the insides of my sketchbooks.  


Modified Robson sketch

I've recently started to fill the books for a number of reasons. Primarily, it is not easy to draft a pattern without having some sort of visual reference to refer back to. Sketching out your design will not only help you think about where the seam lines go but also how to get an item on and show how it will hang on the body. I find it useful for planning the finer details such as what techniques I want to use and any changes I plan to make to a bought pattern. It helps to ensure I don't miss anything which is a big task because you can guarantee that I will forget at least one thing per project. 


Self drafted pencil skirt sketch

The first book I have is for capturing ideas, inspiration or anything that springs to mind. It is purely experimental - a place where my ideas can crystallise or lay in wait until the right project comes along. The images are for my own designs, tweaking bought patterns or projects that I am collaborating on. The sketches are not perfect, are often off scale and the colouring is wobbly in places but the point is to capture the spirit of the design rather than create a masterpiece on every page. 


Sketch book

Once I have decided to make a particular piece, I transfer the sketches to my Fashionary. I love this book - the preprinted figure on each page is such a useful tool. It is here where the finished item is captured with concise notes about the design, construction and fabric. I like to keep the page as clear as possible and only colour the item to be made - this helps me to see the design clearly. 


Juniper sketch

I'm enjoying using my sketch books. It feels great to be building up a bank of ideas for future projects or to flick through when I need a little inspiration. I would love to improve my skills and will be on the look on for tutorials or tips. Do sketch your ideas? If so, I'd love to hear your tips. 

9 comments:

  1. I confess I got a Fashionary for Christmas... and I still haven't used it! I am so so bad at drawing/colouring that I am afraid of ruining the notebook. I know it is silly, but I don't feel I am creative either. I am (moderately) good at following instructions, but I find it very difficult to deviate from what the instructions say. Maybe I need to be more adventurous?

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    1. It took me a while to start using the Fashionary too and for the same reason - I didn't want to spoil it. However, I eventually came round to the idea that it was a waste for it to remain empty and it doesn't really matter what you draw inside. You don't have to share it and you will eventually get used to it and see improvements.

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  2. This is so interesting to see! It's exciting to see you dive deeper into drafting too. I have dabbled very briefly in sketching some garment ideas, but I don't think I have any natural skill in sketching. The Fashionary sounds like a great tool though - everyone seems to love it!

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    1. It certainly helps take the fear out of drawing the human form. I'm not a natural sketcher but I find capturing my ideas is more useful for makes than not having them!

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  3. Lovely sketches! I don't always sketch what I want to make, but I find when I do, I don't forget about the little details and ideas that I wanted to incorporate. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's one of the key things for me - capturing the little details before I complete the item!

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  4. This is not something I do, but it is something I've been considering lately. I have so many ideas of what I want to make, I need to make a list. I am normally quite a visual person so sketches would fit pretty well, but I am appalling at drawing. Really really awful and if I do try to sketch an idea, it ends up looking like something I would not want to wear, or make! Maybe the fashionary would be helpful for that?

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    1. Having the human form in the book definitely helped me - it helps puts everything in proportion (which is my biggest problem with free hand sketching) and makes the item more appealing!

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  5. Great post. I have lots of notebooks that I use to sketch ideas. I really need to have more centralised place to put all my ideas instead of them being scattered all over the place. I often forget certain details when I'm sewing a project so I'm thinking I should really do more pre-planning before getting into the thick of a project. Starting with a sketch would certainly help.
    I don't have a Fashionary, but I suppose I could always try a DIY version using a croqui tutorial as a starting point :)

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