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Date: 1/23/12 11:21 AM

I can sew well, but am usually disappointed with things I make because of lack of imagination. I don't have the eye to look at a pattern and select the correct fabric and trims to end up with a great piece.

I sometimes wish someone sold kits or there was somewhere I could show the pattern I plan to use and receive suggested specific fabrics to use.

Where do you get your inspiration?

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Date: 1/23/12 11:54 AM

I wore uniforms up to college and it really affected my lack of fashion sense. Here's what I do.

Go on Amazon and order a year subscription to Harpers Bazaar. It's like $10.

Now, get two folders: red (for hot weather), blue (for cold weather). Every month, go through the magazine and rip out everything you like. Heck -- I don't even bother reading the articles.

Sometimes, I even have to be reminded that a white shirt and a navy blue skirt looks great!

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Date: 1/23/12 11:54 AM

I mostly get my inspiration from a fashion websites and stores. I particularly like anthropologie.com and I have gotten alot of inspiration from there. What I like is to see a garment that I like and then try to sew something similar to it. I really get a charge out of making a similar garment for much less than the original would have cost.

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Date: 1/23/12 12:16 PM

I use catalogs. There are all kinds of clothing catalogs out there. I cut out the garments I like then try to find similar fabric.
No imigination here either.
NorthStyle almost always has something I like.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:30 PM

Quote: jadamo00
I wore uniforms up to college and it really affected my lack of fashion sense. Here's what I do.



Go on Amazon and order a year subscription to Harpers Bazaar. It's like $10.



Now, get two folders: red (for hot weather), blue (for cold weather). Every month, go through the magazine and rip out everything you like. Heck -- I don't even bother reading the articles.



Sometimes, I even have to be reminded that a white shirt and a navy blue skirt looks great!



j.

I like this idea.. and for $10, I think I'm going to give this a try!

I have no imagination either - or maybe it's no fashion sense. My husband has an eye for color though, so I usually go to him to ask those types of questions.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:36 PM

Before i began to sew, i got my fashion inspiration from really high end consignent stores. being able to really look at beautifu clothing close up and not having to worry about snooty saleswomen was hugely helpful. i got to understand clothing construction methogs and saw color and fabric combinations that you just don't see in middle class clothing. there is nothing wrong with middle class , middle of the road clothing. But it is designed to be safe rather than inspirational.

I have also found Burda and other European sewing magazines have gotten be to think a bit more out of the box. The clothing may not be what you would wear, but it's a nice place to get you thinking.

good costume collections in museums is also a huge huge inspiration for me. I'mlucky enough to live near the museum at FIT. But there are other really good costume collections in other parts of the country ( I'm dying to visit the museum at Kent State)

If you google Costume museum you can visit some museums virtually. It isn't ecatly the same as seeing the clothing in person, but it is a whole lot better than nothing.

I find the layouts in magazines don't give me enough information. I find that magazine layouts are often less about the clothing and more about something completely different.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:50 PM

Another tip I heard of concerning color: go through a magazine and look at pictures UPSIDE DOWN! Once you get the content out of your head, it helps you see how colors go together. It's very interesting! Try it! It works with anything: ads, still life, landscapes!

j.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:53 PM

Another way I use my red/blue folder look books.

In the morning, I choose the first 3 pictures in the folder. The game is, I have to use one of them to help me decide what to wear. Maybe the picture reminds me of a color, or a neckline, or to add a belt.

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Date: 1/23/12 3:25 PM

My sewing inspiration these days come from Pinterest. :)

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Date: 1/23/12 3:33 PM

I get People StyleGuide...love it because they give the looks that the stars wear, but then show how you can get something similar for less than one piece of the outfit in the original picture...LOVE LOVE LOVE that!!

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