Sketch to Sew: Fashion Sketching Tips from Meg Healy of BurdaStyle

Do you draw your designs before stitching them? Fashion sketching is a great way to round out your sewing and planning skills. From capturing design and alteration ideas and setting sewing intentions to documenting your creative journey and testing out garment proportions, sketching is an important tool if you’re willing to spend time honing your skills. Read on for top 5 tips from Meg Healy, Online Editor for BurdaStyle.

I learned fashion sketching in fashion school. I love to sketch out everything to get a sense of the design changes I want to make, how it will look in the fabric and what mood it conveys.

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My top 5 tips for fashion sketching are:

 Sketch to Sew: Fashion Sketching Tips from Meg Healy of BurdaStyle

>Use a croquis (figure drawing template) so you have a starting point to work from and not just a blank page.

>If you know the fabric you’re using, have it right beside you as you sketch.

>Don’t color everything in, and don’t worry about staying “inside the lines.”

>Keep your hand loose, and make quick sketches for an effortless look.

>If you have a print, just give the idea of the print insome areas of the sketch rather than the entire portion.

Sketch To Sew Part 2

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 Sketch to Sew: Fashion Sketching Tips from Meg Healy of BurdaStyle
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6 Responses to Sketch to Sew: Fashion Sketching Tips from Meg Healy of BurdaStyle

  1. Felicity Jeppesen says:

    Threads magazine had an excellent article about drawing your own croquis a few years back. Take a photo of yourself in good underwear, front and side. Wear a small necklace for definition of the neckline. Print the photo and then trace your outline. Photocopy. Really simple and very accurate. I’ve been using mine for years. Easy to update when your shape changes.

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  3. Shannon says:

    Where can we find resources for finding croquis? I am full-figured and finding free templates is hard enough but finding templates for my shape is even harder. My drawing skills are limited to stick figures so it would be nice to have a skillfully made/accurate croquis to start with.

  4. Love this article. While I’ve been sewing for decades, I only started sketching my design ideas about 20 years ago, and only discovered corquis about 5 years ago. I love them although I wish I could find some featuring larger body figures. So many of the folks I sew for, as well as myself, are “size 4 challenged”. I’ve always had to manipulate patterns to accommodate my larger bust and as I had children my larger hips. I find sketching out my ideas, with notes on pattern modifications very helpful.