I have just installed my cork board on the wall behind my machine table. I just love hard copy.
I have decided to create a mix and max capsule wardrobe for summer and make the samples for my Australian Girl Dolls first. I will design the American Girl Doll size pattern then make the adjustments for the Australian Girl Doll since I am more used to the 18" sizing.
I found a good site with lots of fashion capsules. She even had links to the items in a shop so I could see different views of each item. Have a look at Every Day Savvy.
To make the wardrobe I have to design the dress, the denim jacket and the shorts with a fly. The rest can pretty much be worked out with patterns I have already designed.
Here is how I worked on the dress. I drew it up to scale and made some notes. To get it to scale I used a croqui. To make my croqui I traced around a doll shaped template. You can just see the pencil outline on my pages.
I then took my Snugfit Anna pattern and cut it to make the gathers. I now know that gathering on the shoulder is not necessary so just one cut on the neck would have sufficed.
I love the design process from picture to dress. It is very satisfying to see it come together.
Why not pop on over to my Etsy shop . Favourite my shop and Like me on Facebook. That way you can keep up with all my new designs. Great value at $2.50 USD each. I also sell on Craftsy. If you follow me on Craftsy you will be notified when I put up new projects based on the new patterns.
This one is 1820 Knitfit Polly Sweatshirt for Bulky knits, on the design board. Only a few more computer hours to get this one published.
I hope you have a go at making your own designs. Drawing on the croqui is really easy. When I started making my patterns for sale one of the features I wanted to include was interchangeable pattern pieces. This means that if you want a sleeve from the blouse pattern to go on the dress pattern, it fits perfectly. Like instant designing.
I am still working on my pattern collections. I figure another 2 years should produce a good range of basic pattern pieces that can be combined in many, many ways to create new designs.
If you would like to use my croqui just download it here and print it on thin card, cut it out and use it over and over. If you want it smaller just print it at a smaller % or maybe 2 or 4 to a page.