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Did you have fashion plates as a kid?
wouldn't something like that be great now?
Leu  Friend of PR
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Date: 4/30/11 5:40 PM

Did you guys have this when you were a kid? You switched out different plates--one for shoes, pants, and tops and then made a paper copy by rubbing over it? It was something like this.

Well, it's warming up and it only took one day of running around after my kid at the park in jeans, getting too hot, to sent me into over-drive imagining a fun summer wardrobe. Some essentials in fun prints that will keep me out of my jean shorts and baggy t shirts. A great cardigan that I could throw over a few different sleeveless pieces to step into somewhere for breakfast but be ready for the afternoon heat. A great 4th of July outfit for a bike-ride down the Hudson.

I can start imagining some basics, but then think, "I need somewhere to collect all this. An online wardrobe that I can see as a whole and begin working through." Of course, the PR wish list helps, and I have a 'sewing queue' section in my sewing notebook. But it's kind of piece-meal. And what about what is in my closet that already works? That needs to be considered too. I have a great pair of denim platform shoes that need a great pair of pedal pushers.

Does anyone know of a site like this? Is there some magical app for my iPod? Wouldn't it be great to collect in one place images of swatches, patterns that you like, piece that you already have, maybe a few pics from Spiegle or Cold Water Creek?

Until then, I guess I need to cut and paste into a draw program, but I can't be the first person who has wanted to put together a type of personal 'line' right?

Leu--who should maybe take this time to sew instead of surfing the net for programs *about* sewing.

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Date: 4/30/11 6:17 PM

I haven't used it but Polyvore might be the sort of thing you're looking for?

Mel (Melbourne, Australia)

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Date: 5/1/11 5:19 AM

I have no suggestions for modern equivalents, but I had a Fashion Wheel when I was a kid in the 80s and I loved it! Hours of fun making the outfits and then colouring them. It was probably one of the most-used toys that I had. Thanks for the reminder


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In reply to Leu <<

Date: 5/1/11 7:25 AM

I remember those fashion plates! Shows you how old I am! I do remember having a few of these when I was a kid, but that was a long time ago.

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Date: 5/6/11 5:16 PM

Polyvore could work, or I've heard good things about Pinterest, though I haven't used it myself. I've seen some tutorials out there on combining fabrics and line drawings and things in Photoshop of GIMP (a freeware equivalent) like this one though I'm not sure if that's quite what you're looking for...

My kids recently got a kids' meal toy (I think it was at burger king) that was basically a flat doll with a "lid" cut out around the outline of her body. There were an assortment of swatches of fabrics that came with it. Depending on how you lay the fabrics over the doll, when you close the lid (hiding all but the doll's outline) it looked like you had made her a dress, or skirt and top, etc. They had a lot of fun with it, though I think they'd rather design their own clothes by drawing...
-- Edited on 5/6/11 5:18 PM --

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Date: 5/7/11 0:43 AM

That reminds me of the Woodkins my dd had when she was in preschool. I made them extra "clothes" (fabric swatches) from fabric scraps.

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