Introducing the new omit-bust croquis option

Introducing the new omit-bust croquis option!

We’re so excited to offer a new omit-bust croquis option as part of the MyBodyModel 2.0 updates! This optional adjustment allows you to create a croquis without a bust. Here’s how to try out this new option as part of your free preview in the website:

  • In the Measurement Form, Section 4. Chest, select “Omit Bust.” This will remove the Full Bust Circumference measurement field from the form. 
  • When you select “Omit Bust,” this will also change the instructions for what number to enter for your Under Bust/Chest Circumference. Click on the “?” in the form to see the instructions. Depending on what number you enter, you can create a croquis with a straight chest outline, or a slightly curved chest outline. This allows you to customize your croquis shape to be as accurate as possible.
  • Use your free preview image to make any edits as needed, until you’re happy with your body model and ready to purchase.

The new omit-bust option can be used by anyone who wants to create their croquis body outline drawing without the bust markings, for example people who have flat chests, have had top surgery, wear binders, or have had mastectomies.

This option can also be used by anyone who prefers to hand draw their own breasts or chest shape, for example to show asymmetry. 

Please note that while the new omit-bust option can be used to create a flat-chested croquis outline, the overall croquis figure generated by the current MyBodyModel app may still have a rounded appearance. We hope to offer additional options in the future.

Here’s what some of our testers had to say about the new omit-bust croquis option:

“This was surprisingly easy. I found the time estimate to be longer than was actually needed. As a transmasculine person (my sex assigned at birth was female) the croquis works well for me. This is the first time I have seen a croquis that looks like my actual body- that may take some getting used to simply because of body image issues, but likely will be a useful tool!”

– Noah @glittergrandpa
MyBodyModel sketch by Noah
Noah used his new custom croquis to sketch design ideas for a basic shirt and fitted pants.

“I love how realistic a view the croquis gives of what the style will look like on my post mastectomy body, so now I use mybodymodel for design sketches before I decide to sew the piece, and it has proven a very useful design tool for me.
“Being in treatment for breast cancer has changed my body drastically because of treatment and the uni lateral mastectomy, and it has been difficult for me to accept my changed body. Entering my measurements in the form for mybodymodel and seeing the results on plain paper made me realize that it doesn’t look so bad after all, and that I have a body that I can happily be content with.
“I just entered my matter of fact measurements into the online form and mybodymodel appeared on screen. It was a therapeutic experience seeing my body in a neutral rendition, and it made me realize: if this is how my body is, not seen through my emotional glasses, then everything is okay.”

– Tina @bricolagedk
MyBodyModel sketch by Tina
Tina used her new body model templates to draw her vision for a self-drafted ruffled top designed with loose fitting sleeves, in golden silk satin.

“Because I’m fat and have a big chest, hips, and thighs, imagining more menswear-slanted clothes on my body can be difficult — I just don’t see enough images of fantastic dandy outfits on bodies like mine! I was excited to visualize what garments could look like on my body when I bind my chest.⁠
“I’m excited that MyBodyModel has expanded into this new option. They’ve already been an amazing resource for fat sewists with breasts, who aren’t represented in fashion imagery. This will give people of all sizes and genders ways to visualize all kinds of clothes on our bodies as they are.”

– Shannon @rare.device
MyBodyModel sketch by Shannon
Shannon used her new body model croquis to draw what she considers “The dandy suit of my dreams.” She says, “Inspired by the sharp looks of the Peaky Blinders, this suit has a three-button blazer and slightly tapered pants, cropped to show a fabulous pair of boots. I haven’t made it yet, but someday I’ll be ready to cut into this gorgeous speckled grey wool and sky blue lining.”

I hope you love the omit-bust option!

How will you use the omit-bust option for your new body model croquis? Let us know in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Introducing the new omit-bust croquis option!”

  1. I’ll use the “omit bust” option so I can draw in my own bust outline – not because of asymmetry, but because my bust does not project sideways beyond my armpit crease. In fact it doesn’t go sideways at all. I realise the bust volume is tricky to represent in a line drawing, but the side projection was the only part of my test croquis that didn’t look “like me”. I did see an example on Instagram in which someone had drawn a bust shape more like where the underwires of your bra would fall. I will have to experiment!

    1. Hi Sarah, have you tried the “Bust Span” adjustment instructions? This is a manual adjustment that you can make in the Measurement Form, Section 4. Chest. To move the breasts closer together: Decrease the High Bust Circumference. I hope that helps!

    2. true.
      mine cant be seen from the side at all -you just see shading as a hint of volume from the front. so yeah, i did the ‘omit bust’ option and followed the guidelines for creating a slightly curved line.

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