I have just treated myself to this wonderful book, How To Draw Vintage Fashion by Celia Joicey and Dennis Nothdruft. From about the age of fifteen, I wanted to be a fashion designer, but quickly learned that I absolutely loathed sewing which kind of put an end to that career plan.
I still would love to design clothes, but my hate of sewing has not abated. More recently I gave it another go, but have a bag full of unfinished skirts for Daisy at the back of my wardrobe. I simply don’t have the patience. However, inspired by some truly wonderful illustrators, who I’ve discovered on Instagram, such as Miss Magpie Fashion Spy and Sophie & Lili, I rather like the idea of putting pencil to paper. My husband has bought me a sketch book and I’m ready to roll.
I’m not expecting any great shakes – I am creative in that I used to be a beauty and fashion stylist, and I was good at art at school – but instead of watching Eastenders, I think it will be a great way to relax.
How To Draw Vintage Fashion is a beginners step-by-step guide to drawing vintage-inspired fashion like a real designer. What I’m really interested in are the sections that show how to draw a fashion template (croquis), including guidance on body proportions and how to turn a stick figure into a full figure. The book then shows you how to draw fashion looks based on all kinds of inspirations, including key decades, including my three favourites, the 1930s, 1940s and 1970s. It also includes accessories, shoes and hair styles.
So with my new sketch book and pencils in hand, here goes… I’ll be starting with this peasant dress below.