June 12, 2015

How to use a curvy fashion sketchbook & a summer weekend sale!

Hey funsters!

It’s a month since the Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbooks launched, and I’ve just loved following along with what you’ve been sketching and putting up on Instagram. I’ve had a few people ask me how to use the sketchbook, so I thought I’d share with you what other people are doing, to get you inspired.

Also, I’m doing a weekend sale to celebrate summer *finally* being here – in Boston, at least. From now until Monday morning (EST), the sketchbooks are 20% off!  And remember, because the sketchbooks are printed around the world, shipping is cheap and fast wherever you live (in fact, people in the UK and Australia seem to get their sketchbooks even faster than those in the US!). You can buy the sketchbooks here.

Personally, I use my sketchbook to:

  • Brainstorm outfit ideas – sometimes I see something I love on a blog or in a magazine, so I’ll draw a sketch of what it would look like on me, before I figure out which pattern to use or how to construct it
  • Plan out how to use precious fabric for future projects. It helps me decide what to make with it, how to use the fabric (like border prints), what view of a pattern I want to use, and so on.
  • Make a note of everything I need to get to make my garment
  • Write down adjustments that I made to the pattern before I sew it up
  • Jot down what adjustments I want to make in the future, if I make it again

Andie at SewPrettyInPink has been coming up with lots of outfit ideas – I can’t wait to see the “Work it, girl!” power suit – and she’s also the winner of the sketchbook giveaway! Congrats, Andie!

Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook

Plus size pin-up Lana at LanaLeesvoer in Holland has been designing some absolutely gorgeous dresses – and the yellow flowers one is already a reality!

Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook


SewSavory is planning a romper inspired by a Soft Surroundings outfit, and oops, there I am, with the my latest shirtdress! (watch this space).

Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook

And, some fashion-loving ladies like Sherece at fatshionforwardd and hedni in Norway are just enjoying an afternoon chilling with their sketchbooks and waiting for inspiration to strike.

Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook

Finally, I wanted to share with you what the customized books look like! I’ve had so much fun making personalized versions, and here are two that I made, for retro queen Betty Pamper at Pamper And Curves, and the goddess of plus size lingerie, Georgina Horne at FullerFigureFullerBust.

Cashmerette Curvy Sketchbook

If you’d like a customized sketchbook, I just need two photos of you and a $35 one-off payment, and I’ll take it from there – email me at jenny@cashmerette.com for more details. And if you want a regular book, just head on over to my store here!

How are you using your fashion sketchbooks? Any more ideas for cool uses?

5 thoughts on “How to use a curvy fashion sketchbook & a summer weekend sale!

  1. Andie L. says:

    Thanks so much! 🙂 🙂

    And everyone’s sketches rock! 😀 Can’t wait to see more of the actual versions pop up all over the place. 🙂

  2. Carol says:

    I still want to get a customized one, but I can’t figure out how to get the pictures right by myself.

    1. I just need two photos of your front and back – you probably do need a person to take them, or a tripod, or a camera phone with a timer, but email me at jenny@cashmerette.com and I can see if I can help!

  3. Staci says:

    I am literally going to email you right now and order a custom book. Cannot wait!

Let me know what you think!