Today, I’m super excited to share something I’ve been secretly working on for the past few months: the Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook line! They are exclusively designed for curvy sewists and fashion lovers, and they’re available for sale today at 20% off at my microsite here.
If you’ve ever tried to draw clothing free-hand, you know how difficult it can be! These sketchbooks were created to help you capture ideas for garments or outfits by drawing on top of a croquis (figure outline), resulting in a proportional and professional sketch. Each sketchbook features 100 plus size croquis which are lifelike and light in colour, making it easy to create a beautiful drawing. I’ve been using mine for a while now, and I just love seeing sketches that actually look like me!
I decided to design and launch these books out of my frustration with what was available: sketchbooks with figures that are so thin and tall that they don’t even look like human beings, let alone me. That might be OK for fashion designers who just want to get the essence of a look – and are designing for models – but it’s very unhelpful if you’re a curvy sewist. I couldn’t see any details of the garments, and it was dispiriting to end up with a drawing that looked nothing like what I see in the mirror. I’m passionate about plus size women being included in the world of sewing, so I decided to take matters into my own hands! The books went through several iterations to make sure they are useful, practical and fun to use.
There are two versions available:
1. The Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook – buy here
This 8.5 x 11″ sketchbook was designed specifically for sewists, with a spiral bound spine so it lies flat in your sewing space. In addition to 100 plus size croquis, there is space on every page to make notes about your pattern, fabric, construction, alterations and more, and a spot to add a fabric swatch. There’s also a place to record measurements (with room for 6 sets if you’re sewing for multiple people, or your own measurements change), a wardrobe planner with lots of smaller croquis on each page, and a pattern and fabric inventory. It finishes with a directory of online resources for curvy sewists. To celebrate the launch it’s 20% off the list price of $17.99 for the first week.
2. The Cashmerette Curvy Fashion Sketchbook – buy here
This smaller 6 x 9″ sketchbook was designed to keep in your handbag for when inspiration strikes! There are 100 plus size croquis, together with space to make notes on the season, occasion, styling and more. To celebrate the launch it’s also 20% off the list price of $13.99 for the first week.
I can’t quite believe that my sketchbooks are now out in the world! I hope you like them, and please let me know if you have any suggestions at all for improvements to make for version two. Happy sketching!