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Sources of Sewing Inspiration: A Peek into My Creative Process

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Every sewer has their own creative process. When it comes to sewing I rarely plan, depending largely on serendipitous encounters with places, people, and things that inspire my projects.

I certainly want to be able to wear what I make, but I don’t limit myself to sewing only what I absolutely need.  I like to let my creativity lead me where it wants to go. Below I share some of the things that fuel my creativity, and my creative process.

Books and magazines

This photo is a metal cabinet filled with sewing and fashion-related books

I have amassed a library of not only sewing books, but also books about fashion designers (favorites include Bonnie Cashin, Geoffrey Beene, and Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose), fashion history, textile design, along with vintage fashion magazines, and books about men’s style. When I’m experiencing a dry spell, I look through any of these to get my creative juices flowing.  A few of my favorites:

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  1. bettystitch | | #1

    Peter- you’ve covered the whole waterfront here. I’m impressed. I too love the 3in1 color tool. It helps me see the minor differences in color that make a combination sizzle or fizzle.

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