I long for long, willowy legs; alas, it is never to be. I occasionally mention that I have the bone structure of a brontosaurus - think Dino Flintstone - and people assume I'm kidding.
I. Kid. You. Not.
Yes, my legs are disproportionately heavy and, unfortunately, it’s not because they are fat. I don’t mean to say that I couldn’t stand to lose a few pounds, but excess fat is not the reason my legs are so large. If it were, it would give me hope that their appearance could be improved through hard work and determination. Not so.
Which brings me to the point of this post.
I got an e-mail newsletter from Simplicity Patterns today, touting their Project Runway patterns and the included “Designer Croquis Kit.” Check out the length of the legs on that figure. Honestly, is anything going to look bad when drawn over that form? If my torso/leg ratio was the same as that of the figure in the Croquis Kit, I believe I would be somewhere around 5’10” rather than 5’4”. Maybe even taller.
I wonder if Simplicity believes that people will be encouraged to buy more patterns after the disappointment they may certainly feel when their completed garment doesn’t look as good on them as it did on the croquis?
I had actually seen the Croquis Kit before, as I own one of the Project Runway patterns. I think the concept is good, so I made my own croquis. Please meet Polly, my alter ego. As you can see, she is far less inhibited than I, being willing to pose on the internet in her undies, whereas I feel the need to wear a cami under a linen blouse.
I believe she is a fairly accurate representation of my basic shape, having been created from a photograph. She may be a tad heavier than I am…I say this because her head looks a little small compared to her body, and I have a rather large head.
I share Polly with you today because I plan on posting the results - some of which are quite eye-opening - of some of my croquis sketches in future posts and I think they’ll be more more interesting if you’ve seen Polly au naturel. I think it will be especially interesting for people whose shapes may be similar to my own.