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Search RTW on-line stores for examples and inspiration (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: LoriB
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Posted on: 4/13/08 2:30 AM
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When I can't quite visualize how a design element or type of fabric will look, I use the search feature on the on-line sites that sell RTW to get examples. Of course this only works if they've used the term in describing the item, but give it a try.

One site I use often is because they sell a lot of women's clothing that is quite varied in style and, most importantly, they have a search box. An example of how I used this method was when I wanted to compare how plaid looked on garments when the plaid was on the diagonal vs. horizontal/vertical. I simply typed in "plaid" and browsed their inventory. Today I suggested this tip to someone on the boards who was looking for a pattern to use for polka dot fabric. I typed in "polka dot" and quickly saw lots of examples, so I hope this tip will help her visualize a pattern she could use.

Many "brick and mortar" stores have on-line sites, so even if you could never afford to shop in the stores, you can still browse their inventory. Go check out,,, etc. and search for design ideas!
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Sarah J Doyle said...
Excellent information. Thanks so much for sharing and explaining how to do this.
4/13/08 9:20 PM
ryansmumAria said...
GREAT idea
4/14/08 2:12 AM
Kath in ON said...
I do this too, and save the pictures I really like on my computer for future reference.
4/14/08 7:59 AM
nancy2001 said...
Thanks for the very helpful advice. I love to do my snoop shopping at Saks and Neiman's.
4/14/08 2:27 PM
HeyJane said...
Good idea! I came home from Cabela's the other day and made NOTES about the shirts I was snooping LOL. Zipper installation and pocket way I have to pay $50 for a casual shirt. You are right, there are lots of creative ideas to explore.
4/15/08 2:56 PM
lynda828 said...
Thanks for the tip, great site, sometimes when I go fabric shopping I can get rather overwhelmed with all the patterns and wonder what they will look like, I think from now on I'll pick a RTW note the fabric type, pattern etc and try and copy rather than rely on my imagination which is a bit stale at the moment. thanks - oh I also found EZIbuy which has some good ideas also
4/16/08 8:15 AM
SewTwin said...
Add Anthropologie(they have a zoom feature to see details), and Coldwater Creek.
4/18/08 3:24 AM

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