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Posted on: 3/7/03 8:51 AM
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This is a tip from Nancy Erickson, which I found recently and which I really enjoy:
Every now and then I buy a couple of fashion magazine for inspiration. I cut out the clothing photographies of everything I like, to stick them into a scrapbook. I don't restrict myself to the fashion section though, I also cut out pictures of whoever it is, if I like the clothing.

Now comes my tip: From the photo, I cut off the head of the person wearing the clothing and all advertisement text or labels, if it is not part of the garnment. I stick all these garnment photos in my scrapbook. I found that by keeping only the picture of the clothing without a person's head, it is much easier to actually "see" how the garnment really looks like and it is easier to imagine how I may look like in it.

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Jill Giard said... (5/27/03 2:07 PM) Reply
The design notebook is also a great way to really nail down your personal style. Ever make something you loved but rarely wore? Chances are, it was a style or color that was great just not for you. This is an excellent home dec tool as well - I keep two notebooks one for fashion and one for style.
NancyDaQ said... (3/9/03 2:34 PM) Reply
I've been keeping an ongoing Design Notebook since 1999, and I can't emphazise enough how useful it's been! In addition to inspirational photos and drawings, I use my notebooks to make notes on what I'm sewing, keep sample swatches, write down tips--really anything that I find pertinent at the time. I also keep an index on computer so I can easily refer back to my notes. Once the spreadsheet is set up, it's pretty simple to keep it updated. Then I can sort the information as needed. The Design Notebook has been a wonderful sewing tool, plus it's interesting to go back and see what I've done. For me, the simpler the better--too big or too fancy and the notebook doesn't get used. I use cheap school notebooks and transfer the contents to binders when I finish one.
Everyday Sewist said... (3/7/03 11:25 PM) Reply
I am too lazy to paste things so I just keep file folders. In fact, I keep a separate file box just for "inspirational/educational" stuff like sewing, fashion, home decorating, financial advice, computer tips, etc. And I agree, cutting off the head of fashion photos really helps you see the clothes better.
Georgene said... (3/7/03 9:42 PM) Reply
Inspiration books are a tool frequently used by fashion designers and merchandisers. Its good to jot down the date if you can, just to keep track of how long ago you saw it, maybe on the side of the tear sheet if you're not going to get around to pasting it in right away. I ususally paste in a couple of months at a time, and try to group similar looks together, so you can see the "story" or trend emerging in what you're interested in. For awhile I was cutting pictures of shoes and bags with corset lace-up details, they were so much fun and I wanted to figure a way to use that in a simple top. Still working on that idea! But at least I know where to look for my pictures.....
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