'Bagels and Bongos' - 1959 record sleeve - 'Bagels and Bongos' - 1959 record sleeve
28 November 2011
So ... This is My Body
Yep, this is the body I was given and this is as good as its going to get.
I made these sketches after being inspired by the directions in the Colette Sewing Handbook to make your own croqui. I took photos of myself in a tank and leggings and traced my outline in Photoshop. I also made a version that included my bust line, waist line, high and low hip, and knee line to guide me in tracing.
And holy cannoli, I should’ve done this eons ago. One of the things that has been most enlightening to me about sewing is how well you need to know your body in order to fit it. But even more generally, you need to view it objectively so you can understand whether the clothes you covet will look the way you imagine. And what better way to view yourself than to have an objective flat image of your body, with all its intricacies, before you invest time and money in a new project?
For example, this image would’ve cured me of my sway back denial that held its hold for several months.
And as an exercise, I traced two croquis and then traced two different 1960s patterns I love.
What’s most obvious about the one on the left is that I absolutely do not have that slim little waist in the pattern image, so it’s not going to look like that on me. The sleeves (which I wasn’t planning on) are probably a good idea as they make me look more balanced. Not a terrible look, reminiscent of Glee’s Rachel Berry, if that’s what I’m going for.
The image on the right, however, shows me that my rectangular-shaped body doesn’t change the shape so much. And the v-neck doesn’t widen my square jaw.
I have already cut the Colette Patterns Beignet. This is what it would look like on me, styled with a boatneck sweater and boots.
Considering this Kwik Sew pattern.
And I’ve been hemming and hawing over what skirts look best of my frame so I drew several: straight, a-line, mini, princess-seamed, godets.
Straight skirts definitely don’t do much for me. And because my waist is so, so high it’s no wonder I hate wearing skirts at my natural waist as it envelopes my frame. Here I drew the skirts/tops as I would realistically wear them, with an untucked high-hip length top.
This has been a fun exercise and I’m sure it will serve me as I try new silhouettes. Have you ever made a croqui? If so, how do you use it?