Do you ever get an idea or image in your head, only to find that reality is somewhat different?
It’s happened to me twice this week, so I thought I’d write a couple of posts about the differences I’ve encountered.
First up was a blog post by Handmade by Carolyn. She’s calling it the paper doll project and not only does she plan to wear only self made clothes this year, but she’s going to draw her outfits on a daily basis.
What a great idea I thought. Drawing clothes was always a favourite pastime of mine when I was younger so I decided to have a go with what I was wearing yesterday.
Carolyn is using her Fashionary to do her sketches. I visited their website to find out exactly what a Fashionary was – and now I know I really want one! – and found you could download sample templates.
Here’s the drawing I did. It's not coloured in because I was wearing a grey jersey dress with a frilled hem, black tights and black shoes and I thought that would be too dark to photograph well.
Great, I though. I look fantastic! Except my body is shaped nothing like the stick thin model figure of the Fashionary template.
"I know", my next thought was, "I’ll make myself a croqui" so I can see what I really look like in this outfit. I didn’t actually use the tutorial I linked, my method involved photography, tracing and more photography, but the end result is similar.
This is what I REALLY look like in the same outfit.
Hmm...... not quite so attractive now, is it?!
Now I already knew that I wasn’t 6 feet tall with a size 0 figure, or whatever models have these days, but I was a bit shocked that I looked quite so wide and well, lumpy.
I’m not really sure how I feel about this (except that I want to lose about 10 pounds now!) but that was in my plan anyway. Hubby and I started eating much more healthily after New Year, so hopefully the scales will drop a bit, and my mini-me won’t be quite so wide.
I’m not even sure why I’m sharing this with you, but strangely I feel a bit better about it now that it’s “out there”.
Maybe I should try the exercise again with a different outfit, one that doesn’t hug my curves quite so much, and covers my chubby knees! I always knew I hated my knees!
Thanks for reading my ramblings. I hope my drawings didn't scare you too much!
My other revelation wasn't quite so scary, but I'll save that for another day.