Scrap busting lingerie sewing with MyBodyModel by Pam

Scrap busting lingerie sewing with MyBodyModel, by Pam

Remember Pam’s post about getting her sew-jo back? She’s started 2020 a bang, using her body model templates to achieve many goals at once: scrap-busting, learning new skills, upleveling her lounge game, AND showing her body some love!


Like standing in front of my pantry trying to decide what to cook , a recent conversation with Erica from MyBodyModel made me realize I had all the ingredients for something really awesome right in front of me.

And like a lot of folks, the start of a new year gets me thinking about what I’d like to do differently or better in the coming months. Things like buy less, use what I have, create in a more sustainable way, learn something new, and be good to myself. Whew. A lot.

Going digital & shopping my stash

I had already begun to make friends with Trello to inventory my stash so I can shop my own store first and more easily. And since I can never resist a remnant bin, I discovered that I have a daunting amount of those lovely and inspiring odd bits needing to be used.

Organizing my fabric stash in Trello makes it feel like I can shop at my own online fabric store
Organizing my fabric stash in Trello makes it feel like I can shop at my own online fabric store

Scrap busting & upping my loungewear game

Realizing that I spend most of my down time around the house (and family) in ratty pj’s, I’ve wanted to up my loungewear game for a while. Apparently this was on my mind as I was collecting several coordinating scraps of silky fabrics.

Planning a lingerie capsule: Digital drawing on my body model croquis

My Body Model’s 8 croquis on a page layout was the perfect way to think through a mini capsule of robe, camisoles, and shorts.

I’m finally jumping on the digital sketching train and that made it even easier to rough out a design whenever I had a new idea, no matter where I am. I love that I can have the option to play with my sewing paper dolls whether on my phone in a waiting room somewhere, my tablet on my lunch break, or at home with my fabric stash for inspiration.

tablet flat lay of Pam's scrap busting lingerie sewing plans: digital fashion drawings on MyBodyModel croquis templates, surrounded by silky fabrics from her stash
No new tech purchases needed! I was surprised that I was able to use my body model templates for digital fashion sketching on my old Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet from 2014 (!!!) with the s-pen, using the Autodesk Sketchbook app

Playing with color blocking to use up those pretty scraps

The 8-croquis page was perfect for playing with ideas for using the very small bits of each fabric that I have. I knew I wouldn’t have enough of any one remnant to make a complete garment, so I wanted to color block them in a way that made it feel intentional that they could all mix and match.

Digital fashion drawing on MyBodyModel 8-croquis per page template: Mini capsule loungewear collection including Almada robe, Nutmeg shorts, Cinnamon cami, and Savannah cami
Digital fashion drawing on MyBodyModel 8-croquis per page template: Mini capsule loungewear collection including Almada robe, Nutmeg shorts, Cinnamon cami, and Savannah cami

And I love the new features Erica added with MyBodyModel’s 2.0 updates! My croquis are all “award season” appropriate with their sassy hand-on-hip pose, and the back view option makes color blocking even easier to envision.

Ultimately, I chose the print with the two coordinating solids for the robe because I knew I could integrate at least one of those fabrics into the other makes. The floral front paneled robe was just the most visually pleasing to me, based on the sketches.

Here is my detailed sewing plan using the Project Planner page from my MyBodyModel digital sketchbook:

MyBodyModel fashion sketch and sewing project planner - Silky color blocked Seamwork Almada Robe - my Scrap busting lingerie sewing project
MyBodyModel fashion sketch and sewing project planner – Silky color blocked Seamwork Almada Robe

To keep everything super organized, I even added my project sketch to my Lingerie Capsule folder in the Trello app, along with the sewing pattern and fabrics:

Scrap busting lingerie sewing: staying organized in Trello

With everything decided and organized, I was ready and inspired to start sewing!

From Sketch to Finished: Scrap-Busting Almada Robe

From MyBodyModel sketch to finished make! Scrap busting lingerie sewing with color blocked Seamwork Almada robe is both practical and luxurious.
From sketch to finished, silky scraps edition! My scrap-busting color blocked Seamwork Almada robe is both practical and luxurious.

I’m really thrilled and inspired by my new loungewear collection. It ticks so many boxes: I’m integrating my pattern stash, reducing my fabric hoard, and using new tools to plan and organize my work – All while making something beautiful for myself which my family will also benefit from (hello glama-mama).

Next, I’m using the sketches to decide on the camisoles and shorts. I may even make a new 8-croquis sketch page to adjust for the reduced amount of fabric I have left.

This experiment has been so successful, I can’t wait to plan out ways to use all my little bits of activewear fabric! 

6 thoughts on “Scrap busting lingerie sewing with MyBodyModel, by Pam”

  1. That robe is so 😍😍😍😍😍!!! Thank you for this inspiration — I’ve been sorting and inventorying my stash for the last two weeks and wondering what I’m going to do with all of the small silk pieces I’ve collected. This is a great idea!

  2. Thank you for this post! I just found out about mybodymodel and after reading that you can use your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 from 2014 sent me over the edge! I still have mine as well, and I have been looking for ways to use it more. I’m in! I just redid my sewing room and organized all my fabric, so I am raring to go!

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