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Top 5 Troubleshooting Tips for Creating a Body Model that You’ll Love

This post was originally published after the beta launch in June 2018 and has been updated for MyBodyModel Version 1.0.

Since launching MyBodyModel, I’ve received so many lovely responses from happy customers. I’ve also received some desperate help emails in the middle of the night! I’ve noticed that a few issues have come up more than once. Here are the top 5 issues so far – And how to fix them! Read on for quick solutions to “funky knee situation,” “what happened to my shoulders,” and more!

1. My hips look weird…

If your body model preview’s waist to hip curve looks anything like the images below, then there is an error in your measurement entered for Outseam (waist to ankle) or Inseam (crotch to ankle). Click “Edit” and go to Section 7: Legs and re-measure according to the instructions.  For a printable PDF of the MyBodyModel Measurement Guide with full instructions and photos, click here.

Your Outseam number should be quite a bit larger than your Inseam number.  For reference – I am average height, 5’5” – and my Outseam is 38 and my Inseam is 27.5. The difference between the Inseam and Outseam is basically the distance between your waist and your crotch. So for my body there is almost 10 inches difference, but it will vary from person to person.

If the hip area looks weird, check your Outseam measurement.

If the hip area looks weird, check your Outseam measurement.


In MyBodyModel 1.0, we added a new optional Hip Curve adjustment  (in Section 8. Optional Adjustments) so that the body model can be more accurate for more body shapes. Use your free body model preview to decide if any adjustment is needed.  If your body model preview looks accurate OR if you prefer to make hip adjustments manually, select “No adjustment” for this measure. 



2. I have a funky knee situation…

The updated version of the app has new optional measurements for knee, elbow, ankle, and wrist. I recommend saving your body model *without* these  optional measurements first, to see how it looks. If it looks accurate, then you can skip the optional measurements. If you want to fine tune, then click “Edit,” fill out the optional measurements and save again to see the result. You can edit and fine tune the numbers until your body model looks as accurate as possible. However, if your original body model preview was the most accurate, just delete any optional measurements that are causing issues.

If the knee measurement isn’t resulting in a more accurate body model, or if it’s creating a funky knee situation, then click “edit,” delete that number, and leave that field blank. If you email me with a screen shot of any funky knees or other issues, we can use this information to inform future improvements to the app.

3. What happened to my shoulders?

Accurate shoulder width is super important for making sure your body model silhouette truly looks like you. We’ve done a lot of fine tuning so that the shoulder rendering is much more responsive to your measurements. When you measure your shoulder width, be sure to follow the instructions in the app, also listed in the Measurement Guide.

Some Do’s and Don’t’s for measuring Shoulder Width:

  • Don’t measure from bra strap to bra strap, or cami strap to cami strap – Your straps land *inside* the shoulders, so this would result in too-narrow shoulders.
  • Don’t measure from the outside edge of each shoulder, as this would result in too-broad shoulders.
  • DO measure from seamline to seamline if you’re wearing a fitted top with set-in sleeves that fits you well!
  • DO use your free body model preview to decide if you need to edit your shoulder width – Even half an inch can make a difference.


4. My head is HUGE! (and other unfortunate typo-related issues)

If your body model preview shows an enormous (or very tiny) head, then there is a typo in your measurement entered for Height. Double check this number under Section 1: General. Enter your full height in inches or centimeters. E.g. If your height is 5’4″, write 64. If your height is 1.55 m, write 155.

Similarly, if you get other odd results in your body model preview, definitely click “Edit” and check for typos!

Check for typos if you get odd results.

Check for typos if you get odd results like these!


5. My [insert body part] is too [insert size]!

Almost every part of your body model can be adjusted based on the numbers entered in the measurement form. The basic guidelines are simple: To increase the size, increase the number. To decrease the size, decrease the number. For example, if your body model’s neck is too narrow, increase the neck circumference until your body model preview looks right. If your body model’s neck is too long or too short, then adjust the neck length number accordingly.  If you run into any issues, please email me with a screen shot and detailed description, so that we can use this information to inform future improvements to the app.


Additional Tips

It’s been a while since I’ve heard of anyone experiencing the issues below, but here are some tips just in case.


My body model won’t save, or I’m getting a blank preview screen!

If this happens to you, please send an email to and let me know what device and browser you used. Here are some tips that should work in the meantime:

  • Check for typos. When there is a typo in your measurements, if the typo is extreme, the app is unable to generate a body model preview. Double check your measurements to see if there are any errors before you try to save your body model again.
  • If there are no typos: Try changing one of your measurements just slightly so that the app is triggered to re-render your body model, and click “Save my body model.”
  • Switch to a different device. Most people are able to use the app with no problems from their phones, but so far, almost everyone with this issue has been using the app from a phone. The good news is that they have all had success after switching to a different device. When you log into your account from a different device, before starting over, first check your Portfolio to see if the body model was indeed saved. Then click “Edit.” This will take you to the measurement form. Change one of your measurements just slightly so that the app is triggered to re-render your body model, and click “Save my body model.”
  • Try again at a different time of day when site traffic might be lower. When there is high traffic on the app site at the same time, the server may be unable to generate the body model rendering. We’re looking to getting a dedicated server as soon as possible. For now, my best suggestion is to try again during a time when the volume of traffic might be lower.  Go to your Portfolio and select the “Edit” option for your body model. This will take you to the measurement form. Change one of your measurements just slightly so that the app is triggered to re-render your body model, and click “Save my body model.”


When I print my templates, they’re almost invisible!

Even though we recommend selecting the “light gray” line color for printing, the darkness of printing seems to vary greatly from printer to printer. Here is a printable test swatch that includes all the grayscale line options.  Print this page to test the different lines on your printer before purchasing your body model download. If the light gray is too light, then we suggest selecting the dark gray line option for your body model. The line color selection is located on the measurement form under section “1. General.”

MyBodyModel Sample Line Color Options

MyBodyModel offers several line color options. Print our test swatch to choose based on how they look when printed from your printer. 

MyBodyModel Line Color Options Printable PDF Test Swatch Grayscale


If you have questions, please check out Frequently Asked Questions about MyBodyModel 1.0. I’ll continue to post more tips and FAQ’s to the blog as we receive more feedback from all of you. If you run into any issues that aren’t answered here, please send an email to with as much detail as possible. Thank you!

Erica Schmitz

Erica is an obsessed garment sewist who founded MyBodyModel because she was frustrated that she couldn’t find any fashion illustration templates that looked like her. She loves coffee, fresh juicy markers, and faaaaabric. She lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband and daughter.

  • Sharon
    Posted at 03:54h, 25 June Reply

    Thank you for the great information of issues we may have, I really appreciate it.

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 14:44h, 26 June Reply

      Hi Sharon, you are very welcome! Please let me know if you run into any issues that aren’t on this list.

  • Lia Marcoux
    Posted at 20:27h, 29 June Reply

    Aha! Very helpful – I could definitely have stored nuts and berries in my hip-scoops. ^^ Looking forward to using this tool!

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 07:28h, 30 June Reply

      Hi Lia, I’m so glad it was helpful! Although it could be very handy to have hip storage pockets sometimes! 🙂

  • Maaike
    Posted at 02:26h, 05 July Reply

    Thanks Erica. I added 5mm to my height and my body model loaded. No more blank screen!
    Looking forward to sketching some ideas soon!

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 10:27h, 28 July Reply

      Hooray! Happy Sketching! I’m so excited to see what you make. 🙂

  • Doreen Dainard
    Posted at 10:42h, 25 August Reply

    Double checked; my measurement, the shoulder width seems off I look like a mini football player any help would be appreciated.

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 11:44h, 25 August Reply

      Hi Doreen, thank you for letting me know! We’re working on some improvements including shoulder width. I hope these improvements will be ready for you soon!

  • Alice Babcock
    Posted at 14:00h, 04 September Reply

    Some of the measurements that are on the printed out sheet aren’t in the program. Why is that?

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 13:13h, 06 September Reply

      Hi Alice, it’s a work in progress! As we continue to work on improving the body model rendering engine, we will be making changes to the measurement form and the PDF instructions. We hope to release an updated version soon.

  • Susan Gannon
    Posted at 13:58h, 14 September Reply

    Hi Erica,
    Great app and I wish you all the very best success with it. I have purchased it based on Ditsy Tulip video on youtube and the fact that I have returned to clothes making after many years. I downloaded the bodymodel but it looks odd- my head too small (hey maybe it is!) and it looks slimmer than I think I am in real life…even though I did the measurements 3 times and added 2 inches to belly area becuse it tends to grow over the day! Anyway maybe the bodymodel does reflect my proportions and I have a distorted sense of myself. And maybe that is the point of your app, to dispel that distorted perception. Or maybe I just did it all wrong! It is a great app Erica! Well done!

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 08:26h, 21 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Susan! One of our goals is to dispel those distorted perceptions and negative judgments of our bodies. The app does a great job producing an accurate rendering, but it’s not perfect! Sometimes adjustments are needed. If you have a full-body photo of yourself (making sure the camera is waist height and level – not at an angle) you can look at the photo side-by-side with your body model to compare and see if any other adjustments are needed. To increase the head size, you can increase the height measurement, and see how that looks. Thanks again for your kind words. I hope you enjoy sketching on your new body model templates!

  • TiAnna Raine Kortekaas
    Posted at 21:03h, 02 December Reply

    Is there any way to use this program for male bodies?

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 08:55h, 04 December Reply

      Hi TiAnna, we hope to offer male croquis by the end of 2019. I’d love to hear any feedback about what you’d be looking for in a male croquis. Please email me anytime, Thanks!

  • Ana Sullivan
    Posted at 09:33h, 21 December Reply

    Is there a way to purchase a credit without putting in any measurements yet?

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 10:04h, 21 December Reply

      Hi Ana, yes, absolutely! You can purchase credits before creating a body model. From the “My Portfolio” page click on the “Add Download Credits” (blue button at the top of the screen), then select how many credits you want to purchase. You can also buy credits in bulk for a discount. Credits do not expire and can be used anytime. Thanks!

  • Rae Wagner-White
    Posted at 14:47h, 29 December Reply

    Hi Erica!

    My Body Model looks a little hippy. The measurements are accurate but I have a tummy apron. Do you have any tips for this adjustment other than the photo comparison?

    Also, is there only one view of My Body Model or is this just the preview setting?

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 09:08h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Rae,
      Thank you for your question! If your body model’s hips are rendering too wide, you can click “Edit” and then decrease your high hip and/or your low hip numbers until it looks right to you.

      Our next version of the app will have some optional hip adjustments for different hip curve shapes, so that you won’t need to change the numbers manually.

      Currently only the front view body model is available, in the one pose. We hope to offer a back view very soon! Additional poses are on the wish list for future development.

      I hope this information is helpful. I hope you are able to create a body model that you love, and that you enjoy sketching on your new templates!

  • Deb Carter
    Posted at 12:34h, 24 January Reply

    I’m having difficulty logging in. My saved password won’t work and the reset seems to be blocked from emailing to my address. Help! Thanks 🙂

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 08:35h, 31 January Reply

      Hi Deb, just following up as I had responded by email instead of here in the comments. I’m glad we were able to get this fixed. I hope you are having fun drawing on your new body model templates!

  • Tera Ishee
    Posted at 20:41h, 30 January Reply

    This is very cool! My waist shows as wider in relation to my hips than in reality. Some of those inches in reality protrude at the front of my belly, so they can be seen in profile rather than in the forward facing silhouette. I’ll adjust by reducing my inches, but I thought you might be able to use this information.

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 08:34h, 31 January Reply

      Hi Tera, thank you so much for this feedback – It’s very helpful to know how accurate the body model rendering is for different people. I’m glad you were able to make those waist adjustments. I hope you love drawing on your new body model templates!

  • Cheryl Gray
    Posted at 22:16h, 06 February Reply

    This is wonderful – I guessed at measurements and got a realistic croquis – will get hubby to help take accurate measurements then purchase my download! I’ll probably buy a bundle since I sew for other family members. And I’ll be interested in the male option once it is available also.

    Just wondering about shoulder slope – do different measurements create different slope? If not I’m thinking that an adjustment like you have for raising/lowering the bust could be used to raise (make more square) or lower (make more sloped) the shoulders.

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 16:14h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you so much, Cheryl – I hope you (and your family) enjoy your new body model croquis! And I hope we’ll have a male croquis option for you soon. Shoulder slope is something we’ve been experimenting with and it is on the wish list – I like your suggestion for the user interface. Currently the slope is affected by the width of the shoulders. So to make more square, you can try increasing your shoulder width slightly, and to make more sloped, you can try reducing your shoulder width slightly. I hope that helps!

  • Tasha Underhill
    Posted at 23:45h, 27 February Reply

    This is really cool! I measured myself based on the guidelines and my croquis looked somewhat like me. One question I had though: The widest part of my lower body is a good 3″ below my low hip circumference. How can I best account for this? I tried inputting my widest circumference measurement as my low hip measurement, but this didn’t quite reflect how how pear-shaped I am. I wonder if a future option might include a measurement option for those who do carry their “hip weight” a little lower? Thanks for all your work on this! What a great tool 🙂

  • Rachelle Moffett Green
    Posted at 03:20h, 10 March Reply

    I just entered my measurements and OMG…it is spot on. This is so exciting. I’ve always wanted a croquis of my body but the ones I’ve found are never a realistic representation of my body. I love this. I can’t wait to try my hand at creating a plan from which to sew. Thanks for your hard work and reasonable price!

  • Holly Sedrick
    Posted at 13:30h, 14 May Reply

    Is there instructions on how to add My Body Model to an app like Adobe sketch?

    • Erica Schmitz
      Posted at 15:25h, 14 May Reply

      Hi Holly, great question – I hope to create some tutorials that are specific to using MyBodyModel for digital sketching, coming soon! For now here are some basic instructions to get started. From MyBodyModel, from your Purchased Files on your Portfolio page: Click “Download Image” and select “Download Front View Image” or “Download Back View Image.” – This will open your body model image in a new web browser tab. From the browser menu at the top of the screen you can select to “Save Image” – This will put the image in your Photos. Then open your drawing app, and import the image from your Photos to draw on it. Adobe Sketch is a great app and the free version is a good way to get started. I googled “YouTube Adobe Sketch Tutorial” and there seem to be quite a few short how-to videos that might be helpful, even if they aren’t specific to fashion drawing. The first video that came up offers a short introduction regarding how to import an image and use Layers to draw over your image using different brushes and colors:
      I hope this information is helpful – I’d love to hear how it goes!

  • EstherGrace Gilbert
    Posted at 17:54h, 25 May Reply

    How do I adjust for a flat butt and a stomach that sticks out?

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