MyBodyModel – a custom croquis

MyBodyModel - custom croquis - Kickstarter

Hi! The Kickstarter campaign for MyBodyModel just began this week. What is it? Well, it’s a web app to create custom body templates based on your own measurements. MyBodyModel is the brainchild of Erica Schmitz, a sewist who wanted to be able to visualize how a particular style or pattern would look on her body.

MyBodyModel - sample sketches

If you go to the Kickstarter page here, you can watch the video about MyBodyModel and read about its mission “to create body-positive design tools for garment makers and designers.”

MyBodyModel - Kickstarter campaign to create custom croquis based on your measurements

Ericka is raising funds to develop a Beta version of the MyBodyModel web app. And here’s the kicker, if she can meet her fundraising goal of $20,000 by August 24, the Maine Technology Institute will match that amount – up to $25,000. Wow.

Here’s what the Kickstarter page says about perks: “All backers will get early access to the MyBodyModel Beta website. You will be able to make and download your own croquis, made to your measurements. You can print your croquis on paper, and sketch your designs by hand. Or import your croquis image into your favorite sketching app or illustration software.”

There are also free downloads available to backers, including  seven real-body prototype croquis.

And last but not least, I’m honored to be one of Erica’s testers. She contacted me via Facebook last month about helping to test the application. She told me that she’s been following my blog for years. (Always nice to hear that!) Then she told me about MyBodyModel and asked if I would be interested in helping to test the app to see if it’s generating accurate sketches. It sounded like a fun project so I said Yes. I’m not getting paid to be a tester or to write this blog post. I think this is a great idea so this is my way of supporting it.

I’m thrilled to be one of ten sewists and knitters who will be testing the app!

MyBodyModel - testers

And I even know one of them! Melizza of Pincushion Treats, who used to live in the Bay Area. I met her back in 2014 when I first took over as the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists meetup group.

Here’s the official list from the MyBodyModel Kickstarter page:

1.Tiahna at Ammonlane  / 2.Lauren at Lladybird  / 3. Mindy at TheGeekySeamstress [photo credit: Aperture Ashley] / 4. Martha at GariChild / 5. Emily at SelfAssemblyRequired / 6. Megat CookinandCraftin / 7. Chuleenan at CSews / 8. Melizza at Pincushiontreats / 9. Mary Aliceat WellSewnStyle and Alice Alexander [photo credit: Alex Roman] / 10. Leah at MsCleaver [photo credit: Bristol Ivy]

As of this moment, MyBodyModel as raised more than $8,500 in two days! Visit the Kickstarter page here to find out more and to donate to the campaign.

MyBodyModel - custom croquis based on your measurements

Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

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