Prior to sewing a garment and/or creating a finished idea, I usually sketch a fashion croquis.  Croquis is a French word meaning sketch.  Fashion croquis are generally quick sketches featuring designs or the original idea for clothing that are being designed.


Here is a croquis for a Kente print dress I am going to make. Kente Print is derived from Kente cloth, which originated in Ghana, West Africa. Click this image to check out the Kente blog from House of Rubi.

Many times my freehand sketches  are imperfect, messy and scratchy, but that’s all part of the process! The House of Rubi brand, promotes culture, confidence, and creativity. Confidently express your creativity the way your heart and soul desires. Here are some of my favorite sketches, ideas and finished product from House of Rubi! Enjoy!


This sketch was done for a blog I did years ago called “Rubi Girl goes to Puerto Rico”  I blogged about attending the annual Puerto Rican Parade in New York City. I also blogged about the rich Puerto Rican history and culture! Click this image to check out the blog ” Rubi Girl Goes to Puerto Rico!!


I’m always sketching up new styling ideas for House of Rubi corsets. Here is one of the many croquis featuring styling ideas. Click this image to check out the House of Rubi corsets!!


Loved drawing these illustrations!! I am currently designing new corsets . Click this image to check out the blog on House of Rubi Corsets.

Illustrating this image was a lot of fun! These designs are inspired by the unique street fashion from Japan, known as “Harajuku” ! This was illustrated for the blog “Rubi Girl goes to Japan” Click this image to learn more about the Japanese fashion scene!!


From Sketch to Finish! The feeling of seeing a creative idea become a reality is immensely gratifying. This striped, draped back loveliness is the House of Rubi “Nicole Dress!” It is named after the wonderful Nicole. She is a member of NSP, which is a Brooklyn based talent development organization for inner city youth. Nicole modeled this dress for House of Rubi at the Annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn NYC, Click this image to check out the blog and learn more about the dress.

The finished Product!! The Nicole dress being showcased at the University of Rhode Island, Uhuru Sasa Organization Fashion Show.  Uhuru Sasa is a Swahili phrase meaning “freedom now” Swahili is a language spoken in South Africa.

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             If you’re interested in the “Nicole” dress, contact me (Rubi girl Tenneh ) at for a customized order.


Okay, Okay I know I’ve stated that the other images were my favorite, but THIS is my favorite of favorites 😀 The “Devi Dress” is named after one of the most beautiful soul a person could ever meet. This image features the original croquis and the lovely Devi modeling the dress for her wedding. She wanted a classy yet modern dress for her autumn themed wedding. Click this image to check out the blog “A Rubi Girl Enchanted Wedding”


This is the original sketch for a customized version of the House of Rubi “Anique Dress!”  Adrienne, the CEO of Janomi Hair products, ordered this dress to wear to a wedding! Click this image for the blog “The Anique Dress” (Part 1)


THE LOOK!! Here is Adrienne modeling her dress!! Her hair is also on point!! Click this image to for the blog ” The Anique Dress” (Part 2)  Find out more about Janomi Hair products at

Thanks for reading  😀

To find out more about House of Rubi, email me (Rubi Girl Tenneh) at or just click CONTACT US. Also, visit the House of Rubi website at 

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