Friday, June 22, 2007

Inspiration

Many things inspire me to sew. A magazine article, something I saw someone wearing on the street in NYC, a piece of clothing in a store window, and sometimes even nature itself inspires me. I also have a collection of photos from magazines, catalogs and the internet that have triggered something creative in me and cause me to want to create something.

Now not all inspiration is a direct copy like the Chanel dress...sometimes I will see something and it will trigger a response that is nothing like the original and make me run to my sewing machine.

This picture:

Made me look for fabric and I created this jacket.



This ad:

Inspired me to look in my collection for fabric for this dress:


The picture of the St. John's dress will become something from these pieces:



So I was wondering. What triggers your imagination and inspires you? What makes you run to your sewing room ready to come up with an amazing garment? Is it fabric? Is it a pattern? Is it a picture? Share...I would love to know!

8 comments:

  1. Hmmm...catalogs, patterns, fabrics, all inspire me. But what inspires me the most is seeing what others are creating! That's what gets me going.

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  2. Most times for me it's a garment in a magazine, or brand new fabric!!! thats enough for me somethings!! But as Julie said, seeing others create is inspiring too!

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  3. Your blogging about your creations and inspirations gets me inspired! Guess I'm lazy as I never seem to find the time to browse through magazines or the Internet and when I do, I certainly don't have the eye for design that you do! I sure am glad that you share what *your* inspirations with us!

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  4. All the things you said inspire me! Also some times I just make it up....pick out some fabric from the stash, see what goes with it type of thing.

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  5. Well, all the things that you mentioned. Also, looking at BWOF magazine, Marfy catalog, and Lucky magazine. I also look at the Style.com video podcast, but most of those things are impractical for my lifestyle. I'm a teacher in a mostly farming community with lots of migrant workers and EL students. Dressing up around here usually entails one wearing their "good jeans" We don't even have a Macy's, let alone any designer anything. It's about 4 hours to either LA or SF, so we keep it casual around here. Looking at Pattern Review.com and blogs like yours keep me inspired!!

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  6. I'm a lot like you! I take inspiration from almost everything around me!

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  7. The ideas seem to come from random sources -- someone will describe what they need/want, I will see a fabric -- and then I think about it for days, imagining what the garment should look like and what it should be made from. Then I go find the pattern that will work, and then I obsess some more. By the time I've invested a lot of thought, I HAVE to make whatever-it-is. Best,
    Meg

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  8. What inspires me is what someone else is wearing, various craft blogs, catalogs, just to name a few. Actually you inspired me to purchase some embroidery edging.. in one of your previous post you used crochet trimming.

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