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MyBodyModel Paper Dolls: Black Pattern Designers Edition!

Hi everybody, Nateida aka SewNaturalDane here! Every February, I host the #BHMPatternDesigners Challenge which highlights and promotes Black pattern designers.  I am very excited to share with you my experience in using MyBodyModel paper dolls to plan my makes for this year’s challenge.  This was the first time I used something such as a sketch or paper doll to play around with some looks I had visions of in my mind.

When preparing for the challenge this year, I knew I wanted to do several different things and one was to create these paper dolls to create looks I had in my mind.  What drew me to do the MyBodyModel paper doll method was its ease, as I don’t consider myself the best “sketcher.”  On top of that, and I’m probably aging myself here, but I grew up playing with paper dolls and found it so much fun to change their clothes with every new paper doll set that was bought for me as a little girl.

What’s nice, I learned quickly after taking Erica’s “Paper Dolls for Grownups” fashion drawing course that it really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.  In the class Erica walks you through various hand exercises and techniques to help your brain relax before getting started. This process truly helped and definitely made it more fun and exciting.  So, I do highly suggest if you are wanting to try the paper doll method that you do take the course. It’s easy to watch and eases your fears about drawing.  I received so much great feedback after people saw my Youtube video showing my body model and paper dolls.

Planning for the garments I wanted to make during the #BHMPatternDesigners challenge started in late 2020.  I had begun looking through my pattern stash and looking online for patterns by Khaliah Ali, a black designer for Simplicity and McCalls patterns.  Many of Khaliah Ali’s earlier released patterns are out of print, but can easily be found on Etsy, Ebay or Amazon.  Of course, there were a few new patterns that were released later in 2020, that I decided to use as well; because we can’t help but go for the new and shiny as sewists, right?!

Once I was settled on the patterns I would use, I studied the line drawings from each of the patterns to create my very own paper doll clothes.  Again, taking the paper dolls course really helped me figure out how I would go about drawing my garments out.  Also, with paper dolls, you don’t have to reprint out your body model you have downloaded from MyBodyModel.  Just print your body model once, add a hairstyle, which I did, and you are good to go.

Black Pattern Designers and Pattern Links

Below are the MyBodyModel paper dolls I created for several of the garments I created for #BHMPatternDesigners challenge, as well as links to the patterns. There were a total of six Black pattern designers I used to create my paper doll outfits. For a full list of Black pattern designers, check out the directory on my website.

Nateida's paper dolls and outfits designed for her Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge sketched on her custom MyBodyModel fashion drawing croquis.
Khaliah Ali Simplicity Patterns 2981 (out of print), Style Sew Me Patterns Daphne Top lengthened to a dress, Style Sew Me Patterns Anna Dress, Iviye Patterns Goddess Gown top and Elle Pants, Khaliah Ali Simplicity Patterns 2948 (out of print), and Kosedo Studio Luna Peplum Top.

My Finished Looks from #Sketch2Finish

Here are all my finished outfits. The custom #BHMPatternDesigners fabric I used for several of these pieces is no longer available as these were limited edition fabrics. However, don’t be discouraged, I will have some new designs coming out for the challenge in 2022. Make sure you subscribe on my website, as my newsletter subscribers learned all about the fabrics first and had first dibs on ordering. Please also check out this Youtube video as I share about the fabrics I used.

Nateida's #Sketch2Finish look for her Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge on her MyBodyModel croquis: Style Sew Me Daphne Top in purple linen fabric from Melanated Fabrics.
Style Sew Me Daphne Top in purple linen fabric from Melanated Fabrics
Nateida's #Sketch2Finish look for her Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge on her MyBodyModel croquis: Kosedo Designs Luna Peplum Top in purple floral #BHMPatternDesigners custom limited edition woven fabric.
Kosedo Designs Luna Peplum Top in #BHMPatternDesigners custom limited edition woven fabric
Nateida's #Sketch2Finish look for her Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge on her MyBodyModel croquis: Iviye Patterns Goddess Gown Top & Elle pants in earth toned #BHMPatternDesigners custom limited edition woven fabric.
Iviye Patterns Goddess Gown Top & Elle pants in #BHMPatternDesigners custom limited edition woven fabric
Nateida's #Sketch2Finish Khaliah Ali Simplicity 2981 look designed for her Black History Month Pattern Designer Challenge sketched on her custom MyBodyModel croquis.
Khaliah Ali Simplicity 2981 (out of print) in fabric from House of Mamiwata

Learn More About the Black Pattern Designers Challenge

To learn more about the #BHMPatternDesigners Challenge and support Black designers year round, please feel free to visit my website. The challenge supports all Black pattern designers, whether it be for garments, handbags, wallets, crochet, knitting or quilting.  We also highlight and promote Black owned fabric companies.  This was my third year hosting this sewing challenge and it was amazing to see all of the growth and participation and support for the challenge.  Erica, from MyBodyModel was one of our sponsors for the challenge and I greatly appreciate her support.

Thanks again Erica, for such a wonderful experience.  This was truly an enjoyable process and something I plan to use again in the future.


See more about Nateida’s creative process in our recent “Sketch & Tell” interview on IGTV!


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