Fresh on maternity leave before bub#2 arrives earthside, in possession of a recently-received pattern order from Marfy (from their Evergreen #2 catalogue), AND with the urge to epically introvert and sew – I figured I’d use some of this time to pull together a whole bunch of muslins, ready for fitting on the other side when the time permits – that and I was just so keen to do some sewing!
This is probably all aided by the fact that I’ve now got a sewing room – and have finally unpacked and sorted my sewing supplies which have been sitting in boxes for some 4 years now. Having everything to hand, being able to properly catalogue my fabric and pattern stash, and not having to unpack and pack up each time I feel like sewing, is hopefully going to mean I can do some sewing throughout the next year.
Gwen Lafleur’s artistic super power is to understand products and how to use them.
I absolutely loved this lesson on creating a Paper Doll making it look ancient. I learnt a lot from these techniques with what I had at home. I love how Gwen made her doll part of her journal.
My background for the dress was a Gelli Print, then added stencilling and some Distress Inks and Crayons. The dolls, I worked with my Derwent pencils and I aged her with a bit of Matt Medium, touch of gold paint and other colours that I threw in! I had so much fun with this lesson.
Thank you Gwen, I just adore your Paper Doll and making them.
I remember a Costume prof telling me once that you didn’t have to be a great artist to be a great costume designer. You just needed to be able to represent the body and explain how you wanted the cloth to fall on it. Even so I still get a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to comparing my costume renderings to the rest of the design community’s. So here are some tips on how to do a solid costume rendering.
1) Always start with the body. No matter how good your ability to represent clothing, if your proportions or angles are off in the body, it just won’t look right.
This first sketch does not have to take that long or be that detailed, it just needs to give you as the designer a solid foundation to go back to when layering the clothing on top. Also…