This odd looking, alien shaped creature is actually me, narrowed down to my most basic self, tee hee. This is called a croquis and I made it of myself in order to “try on” clothes before I sew them to check shape, length etc. If you ever loved paper dolls, this is very similar and pretty fun. I made it by taking a photo of myself in a swimsuit, then I traced the photo onto paper by following the outer shape of my body. I got the idea for this in Threads Magazine from Spring/Summer 06 ( see a preview of it here) . It is a very useful tool and I find myself using it every time I get a new pattern to test it out before cutting. It really a great design tool. Here is a pic of a the summer wardrobe I plan to sew, drawn from my personal croquis.