If your sewing plans for 2018 include more careful planning, fashion sketching might be a useful step in that process. Next up in our Sketch to Sew series, we’re featuring inspiring maker Sienna, of @NotAPrimaryColor and notaprimarycolor.wordpress.com, about how she uses sketching to plan and prioritize her sewing goals.
Planning a monthly project in 2017 (at least initially) held me accountable to make what I’d planned, to hold off on buying new patterns and to work through my fabric stash.
Most of my drawings are made from whatever drawing media is available. Usually I draw the main image with a Micron pen or a white Gelly Roll pen and add details or color in the background with cheap colored pencils, watercolor or my classroom’s Crayola markers. The goal isn’t to make a work of art, so I’m not too precious about my media choices.
Planning sewing projects this way allows me to still engage with a sewing practice when I’m away from home. It’s a symbiotic relationship: Sewing provides me with endless subject matter for my drawing practice and drawing gets me really jazzed about sewing. It also helps me to visualize how a particular fabric will work (or not work) with a particular silhouette.