Recently I was asked what inspires my sewing. I thought it would be fun to answer that by posting some of the things I use for inspiration, and maybe tell you some of the ways I get inspired.
One thing about me is that I really hate clothes shopping. Another thing about me is that I love fabric and I love to sew. I love the challenge of finding an amazing piece of fabric that just happens to fit with something on my inspiration board waiting to be made. I also love to find things in thrift stores or op shops as they are called here in NZ.
Every so often I sit down at the computer and troll around shops and fashion sites and other blogs and I look for inspiration. I am usually looking for the next season's wardrobe needs. When I find something I like, I save a picture and then I put together collages like the one below. I then look to see what I have and what I can make.
From last fall, a collage for my youngest for church and other occasions when he might need to look extra sharp:
Inspiration for the Corduroy Jacket
Boys secret wash white shirt in poplin ($34.50) J Crew
Boys Ludlow sportcoat in corduroy ($98) J Crew
Tangerine and White cotton necktie ($15) The Tie Bar
Boys Sun faded Chino ($49.50) J Crew
In the closet, he already had a white button down shirt and the chinos (Old Navy uniform shop $10). I had a great piece of blue corduroy and I'd been wanting to try making a blazer.
Mission accomplished. although, truth be told, those chinos are victims of a recent growth spurt, and so for spring, he has recently swapped them out for a pair of (Old Navy uniform shop) chino shorts that will work just fine. However, I have been looking around for some great material to play with making him a pair of pants. It could happen.
Do you sew? What inspires you?