I am still a very new member of this fantastic forum. I've been coming here for a year or so and decided I should stop lurking and start participating.
For my first attempt at an interesting post I would like to share my personal croquis or technical sketches. The sketches were made from tracing the outline of a photograph then I added some shading for depth and realism. I'm not sure if this is classified as brave or stupid, but you know what? I'm ok with how I look. I would prefer to keep it as a link to an image, rather than embed it for two reasons. First, I'm still too new to post it as an image. Second, I'm fat. If for whatever reason you're offended by larger physiques... don't click the link.
My Plus Sized Croquis: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4110/5074095929_fe0373898b_b.jpg
If anyone with a similar figure wants to use them as a base for their own plus size design sketches- knock yourself out. It should print out on A4 in landscape mode. My only request is you don't claim the original image as your own.
My other motivation for posting this is to solicit advice about pattern adjustments. What I see and what other people see may differ. This are the fit or physique problems I see when I look at that picture.
- A well defined but very high waist.
- Low protruding belly.
- Wide and flat, kind of angular (?) seat.
- Broad back with rounded, sloping shoulders.
- A much higher bust than I thought I had.
- Chicken drumstick thighs.
Am I on the right track?
I went through college and did fashion design ten years ago. Sadly, they had to stick to "the norm" as far as fit went. Standard size ten patterns for standard size ten dress forms and standard size ten models hired for end of year fashion shows. I remember doing some basic modifications, but nowhere near enough to cater to hard-to-fit figures.
If any of you curvaceous craftsters have tackled fit issues you will probably sympathize with horrible shapeless patterns. I'd like to get the bulk of the block/sloper fitting issues sorted before I start making patterns again.
Looking forward to feedback!