Basic body drawing for measurements – draft 2

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The second draft on the basic bodies, liking this one better, even though some points are eligible for improvement.

For this assignment I have chosen to draw a woman standing totally straight, so the arms from the side view fall within the body silhouette and do not cover the hollow in the back. In real life the height of the head is repeated 7,5 times in the total body length. I have chosen 8 times too in order to make it easier to draw a body because I could follow the online examples.

Also, I have chosen not to draw a standard size 36 (6 in the USA) because already in the Netherlands 70% of the women have a size 42 (12) or larger. I prefer real images but I did not draw her boobs on the normal, lower position because I need them to be high so I can easily and clearly draw different measurements. In the end these drawings are a compromise between reality, ideals and educational purpose.

Food for thought: I find it VERY educational to show real bodies. Most people going into the fashion industry are attracted by the glamour and the arts of the branch. I believe that is why it takes people in design, styling, development and engineering more time than necessary to catch up with the reality of fitting to an actual body. Did I just say that? Yes, I did. I find that, like in real life, ideals seem to blind us and be counter productive when it comes to actually seeing things and dealing with them appropriately.

As mentioned, these drawings are to be used as drawings for educational material online and in classes. Please let me know what you think. I especially interested in hearing about the proportions, the posture and whether or not she should be wearing undergarments….

I prefer no garments for several reasons; one being that the exact places of the measurements are clearer and there is going on in the drawing. On the other hand…. nobody in fashion will ever measure somebody naked. So…. choices, choices….

If you have got time, please let me know what your thoughts are.

Thanks and best regards, Martine

Adding assignments

I have just thought of something which might be beneficial for you reading this blog and for me writing it. I am looking to (further) develop my teaching materials and do so by setting blog assingments for myself. Since you happen to read this you might want to join in and possibly do the assignments with me? I hope to include a suitable, big or small assignment with every post I do. You are very welcome to do so. 🙂

While doing so, I would be pleased if you could also log the following:

1 Is the explanation of the assignment clear? If not, why?

2 How much time did it take you to do the full assignment?

3 What did you learn?

4 Do you have questions?

5 Did you enjoy the assignment? Why or why not?

And of course you are happy to add anything you would like to say about assignments.

Best regards, Martine

Basic body drawing for measurements

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That took a little longer than I expected but herewith draft 1 of the drawings I would like to use for explaining body measurements. They are to be used as drawings for educational material online and in classes. As you can see drawing does not exactly come naturally to me but they are here! Please let me know what you think. I especially interested in hearing about the proportions, the posture and wether or not she should be wearing undergarments.

I deliberately chose an adult women in not your ‘standard’ size 36 (6) because, well, I have had it with idealizing bodies which are not reality to 95% of our worlds female population.

Looking at this now I can see the bum of the side view might be a little low in comparison to the back and front view. I will be redoing the feet of the front view and fill in the hands of the side view. But not now ;-).

If you have got time, please let me know what your thoughts are.

Have a nice day!

Regards, Martine

On tape-measures – 1

Hi there,

I’ve started this new blog to share the fun and expertize I find in puzzling with patterns and the fitting of clothing. And also to inform you of things that might help you produce a better fitted garment, to safe time, money, Fedex costs and environment.

If it is your job to comment on samples, to do fitting, make patterns, specs or garments you might want to bookmark this blog – so you will not miss out any of the tips and tricks that will be published. Also, when you study fashion or garment technology you are very welcome here.

It is my intention to blog about subjects that are important to the whole field of garment technology. I have decided to start of with the basics: very important but often forgotten or not paid attention to because ‘too busy’. I found that not paying attention to certain details in the process actually delays it and will ensure that you either have bad fit or miss deadlines.

So here is Basic tip 1:

I once visited a company where everybody had different types of tape-measures, some were professional, some were dollar-store quality, Some were new, some were old, some were used a lot, some not. Well, exactly like in almost every fashion company. And eventhough the lettering of all tape-measures said they were 150cm in total – at measuring them we found out that several actually had a different length….

No! Not kidding you. Friends of mine in the industry have found exactly the same. The difference might be 1cm but I have found 4cm too.

When checking this one face turned bright red…. ‘This explains why I always argue with my interns about ‘them not measuring the long measurements correctly’. Auch!

So, here is tip one: make sure you have a metal ruler of at least 50cm in your office and check your tape-measure ever so now and then. Chuck the stretched ones, the broken ones, the ones without lettering out. Better: cut them in pieces IMMEDIATELY. 🙂

Drop by in the near future to see what more we bring to the table.

Regards, Martine