I've been meaning to make a croqui of myself, a la Ali from Wardrobe Reimagined, for a while, and tonight I finally got around to it. I asked Dear Fiancee to take some pictures of me in my skivvies (quite the hardship, I am assured), and then I ran the Photocopy filter on it in Photoshop and traced the edges. It came out like this:
My croqui is flexing.
It's probably obvious why I lean towards 40s and 50s styles: I have the body for them. Put me in a sixties mod mini and I will look weird and stumpy. Same with a flapper dress, unless it's one of the ones Marilyn Monroe wears in Some Like It Hot (I can't find a good screencap, but they're basically wiggle dresses with a little white piping around the hips to signify "flapper"). The closest I've come to a waistless silhouette is this outfit:
which I actually liked quite a bit, but I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the drama of the proportions (sweater --> skirt --> bare leg --> boot)? Theoretically, you'd think this would look terrible on me, but I felt pretty hot in it.
I have relatively short legs, and a short upper torso, but the waist-to-low-hip area is much longer than average. It's most obvious in photos like this one:
where the (admittedly fairly low) crotch of my pants falls like a foot and a half below my waist.
Anybody else done one of these? Discover anything new about your body? I did learn something from the pictures I took in profile (none of which you will ever, ever see): my posture is terrible. But I already knew that.
I've got a few designs percolating right now (wiggle dresses, blouses, skirts), some of which are ready for preliminary sketches, so I'll print out a few copies of this croqui soon and get sketching! Maybe I'll scan and post them so you all can see my terrible fashion drawing. Live in hope, dear readers.