Personal Croquis

To make good pattern choices, it’s useful to have a drawing of our own shape.

Fashion designers often sketch over a drawing of the human body which is called a croquis. You can even get pre-printed pads of them.

I had a quick and easy way of making a personal body shape drawing, but unfortunately it was on a department store’s site and has disappeared. Presumably it didn’t increase sales. Pity.

So this is now just to show how useful they are, and for me to find out how to include links and pictures to a blog :D (Well, it’s taken a couple of days to find out how to attach images and URLs using what’s available via my elderly browser, but yippee !! it works at last.)

Anyway, back to using your personal croquis. Simply compare it with a line diagram of the pattern you’re interested in.

Here for example is me, compared with Sewing Workshop’s Deja Vu pattern. Oh dear, obviously not. Though I love the style it’s not for me.


Sadly, it would make me look like a balloon ! I may make it even so. The construction looks intriguing, and it would be a cosy cuddle-up for winter. But I won’t expect it to be flattering :D

(This body shape diagram is for a short-waisted pear. It comes from the fomer Littlewood’s site information about Trinny and Susannah. Sadly the diagrams are not in their body shape book.)

And how about this Issey Miyake Vogue 1114 design, which Vogue Patterns recommend for the triangular of shape. Maybe it would look good on some of us, but I don’t think it’s worth trying for me.


While this Vogue 8509 dress pattern, with it’s vertical bodice pleats, could be something I would wear, if these days I ever did have reason to wear a dress.


Making this comparison has been a real ‘eye opener’. I thought I was allowing for my ‘bottom heavy’ shape in making pattern choices, but I’ve completely changed the patterns I go for since I started using this tool.

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In the recommended method for making a personal croquis, you are supposed to :
– take a photo of yourself in your undies
– trace round the outline of your photo so you have a drawing of your body silhouette.
– sketch the proposed garment over this body shape diagram, to see if it suits.

Not something I have the skills to do, But if you want to try it, here’s a note
from the Threads magazine site which gives some examples.

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P.S. There are very detailed instructions on making a croquis from photos in Gale Grigg Hazen’s book ‘Fantastic Fit for Every Body’.

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Patterns available August 09

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