I use my Apple pen and an app called Sketch Club to sketch on my iPad. It’s easy to simulate fabrics. For Simplicity pattern 6467, I colored the sketch with pink and then added a few other colors using different “brushes” available on the app.
Simplicity pattern 6467 cold shoulders top in cotton lawn print by Alison Glass for Andover from Stitch Supply Co.
This is another version of the Simplicity 6467 pattern. This viscose poplin fabric is so comfortable to wear.
Simplicity dress 6467 in viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics
Another way I use the Sketch Club app is to audition fabrics in my sketches. By taking a photo of the fabric (or using a photo from the vendor’s website) you can sketch over the fabric and get an idea of how it will look made up in your garment.
Sometimes it’s fun to sketch three different styles and then ask your Instagram followers to weigh in on which pattern they think you should make. In this sketch I was leaning toward the Mandy Boatneck, but sketched the Tabor and the Mimosa and asked my Instagram friends for their opinion. They were split between the Mandy and the Mimosa. I went with my first choice and made the Mandy Boatneck Tee.
I even like sketching clothes I made long before I discovered MyBodyModel. I made this brown knit dress, New Look pattern 6524 (D0270), in January. I sketched it last week just to have a record of the dresses I have made this year.
I also sketched one of my makes from Me Made May – my Charlie Caftan in rayon chambray.
Diane has been sewing and creating since she was 12 years old. She started as a garment sewist and has dappled in cross stitch, scrapbooking and various crafts before discovering quilting in 2003. She spends long days in her sewing studio and has rediscovered her love of garment sewing and knitting in the last few years. She loves traveling with her husband of 47 years, large family get-togethers with her 4 sons, their wives and 10 grandchildren. She also enjoys photography and gardening. Diane recently started a business hand dyeing yarn. You can find her on Instagram @diane_stanley_sews_and_knits and @dyelotsstudio. Her yarn is available for purchase in her Etsy shop, Dye Lots Studio.