Figure Analysis Concept

Step one in pattern making is figure analysis. And since I’m making patterns for clothes I want to wear, it was natural to to an analysis on myself. Somethings I was ready for…like I’m 5’4” tall and approximately 60 pounds overweight (no joke…I’m a wee bit chunky). Some things I was not as prepared for. Like how bad my scoliosis is. So, here is the first picture we took:

I thought I was just standing weird.

I thought I was just standing weird.

Now, when I was looking at this, I thought I was standing weird. I told the boyfriend we had to do pictures again because I was standing weird. So the next day, we took this picture

Back to the wall

Back to the wall

In this picture, I am literally back to the wall. Both calves, and my butt, AND my shoulders, are touching the wall. I am just that twisted. Ain’t genetics grand?

Now, I was going to wrap this post with a picture show of how to use your head height to determine your proportionality. But in light of the fact that I’m short, chubby, and a twisty bitch (not just the scoliosis…I’m bent mentally too), I opted for ice cream instead. However, the good news is this excellent quote from Patternmaking for Fashion Design: You don’t have to have a perfect figure, you have to have a perfect pattern. We will test that maxim on my bent and twisty backside.