Where do you get your inspiration?
I’d like to know some of the sources you use to inspire your clothing designs. I recently joined style.com to see some of the fashion trends by top designers. Much to my chagrin, some of the designs are waaaay over the top for my taste.
Also, I look at magazines and department store catalogues to see if there are any styles that appeal to me. What aboutyou? where do you get your inspiration?
Hi Lynnelle! I'm really looking forward to seeing how people answer this question! Some of the places that I like to look are:
Sometimes I just like to look at styles, sometimes colors and types of fabrics, sometimes it's to see what accessories are out there, etc. and sometimes it's to give me a kick in the butt so I'll get over my fear of making that first cut into my fabric and JUST DO IT!
What catalogs do you look at?
ETA: Oops - almost forgot this one: http://www.vintagetextile.com
Edited 5/18/2007 10:23 am ET by jatman
I like the styles in the Coldwater Creek catalog. Maybe its because I'm "long in the tooth" and a bit conservative with my clothes. Chicos can give you some very good embellishment ideas, also.
I like Chico's too. I also really like White House/Black Market which is somehow affiliated with Chico's. Best part about the web is that I can look and look and let my imagination run free without danger of spending much (unless shipping is a bargain!).
Mine comes from all over: current fashion, pattern books, historical costume. I think the key is pull out what works for you, not use the whole look. I've done a couple of wedding gowns inspired by the Regency period (think Jane Austin), but there are not exact replicas. Sometime I use the silhouette, sometimes just the details (like a ruffle on a collar inspired by Victorian era ruffs)Juliette
The first thing I do when I have a new sewing project is to drape the fabric on my dress stand and wait for it to 'speak' to me. While I am waiting for that to happen, I pull out my multitude of fashion history books and flick through them, marking pages that have details that catch my eye. I also have a folder with designs that I have liked over the years and have taken from newspapers, mags etc. I also go through my entire Threads magazine stash and pull out possible techniques that I think I might like to try. To make it easier looking through the magazines I use a tip that I read about in Threads years ago. For each issue I photocopy the contents page so instead of having to haul all the magazines off the shelf I just look at the contents page of each issue and then know which ones I want to get off the shelf.
I then sit down and look at my possible designs, ideas and techniques to try and then go through and eliminate them. I am the type of person who usually buys fabric, knowing I want to make a skirt/top/dress but am not sure about the design. I put the fabric in my stash and it usually works out that between 3-7 years later I retreive it and decide I want to make it up. into something.
I am not particularly interested in replicated what is in fashion unless I love the look. I prefer to make things that are a bit more timeless.
Speigel's and Newport News Catalogs - Love them! Sewing blogspots like this one http://www.boundbymyhook.blogspot.com.
I get my ideas from just about everywhere. I'm a librarian, so I have access to some wonderful inspirational material. Right now, I'm very interested in the 30's and 40's and find old Vogue magazines inspirational. I might focus on a collar or a trim, and incorporate it in my work. Fabric arts and textile treatments associated with other countries also spark my creativity. I like the idea of handwork--i.e., faggoting, rouleau,etc.). Thanks much for starting this thread.
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