The Savvy Sage of Sewing Stimulation

Snoop Sewing, Shopping and inSpiration!

I almost started not to post this, but it’s such a valuable tool, that I thought it was worth sharing.

It’s a little controversial, because it borders into copying.  This gives me a perfect opportunity to talk about copying designs and being inspired by designs.

Designers do go to school and more importantly they practice and they practice a lot – in school, in spare time, for their bosses, for their jobs.  After so much practice, they really do have a chance of getting it more right than wrong.  Copying their work is really stealing time from them – the time it took to practice at their art.

Being an artist, I understand that and that’s why I never encourage or recommend copying a style.

What I like to encourage and recommend is to be inspired by the designer and what they are doing.  Making the Chanel jacket not only teaches you the techniques it took/takes to assemble the jacket, but also the process it took to develop and fine tune the creative process that came up with the assembly methods of the jacket.  In other words, it gives you the chance to crawl inside the designer’s head and see what they are thinking and where they are going.

This is not only more fun, but it’s also way more enlightening for you and being inspired means that you take some of the designer’s ideas and add some of your own, which not only makes it your  design, but also means that it’s no longer copying the designer but being inspired by the designer.


So toward that end, here’s the blog:

This is a fabulous technique and method to check out how the designers put their designs together as well as the line and cut of the design.

Now I certainly don’t recommend you sit in  the dressing room at a high-end boutique or department store taking a garment apart to see how it’s made, but you can examine the garment without dis-assembling it.

I’ve even been known to slip into the bathroom and jot down a few notes on assembly techniques or a simple line and cut of the garment to note the method for future reference.  This is something that every sewist and artist has used. One of the standard ways to study music is to play the masters, practice playing music composed, invented, designed by other musical designer/composers.  This is not considered copying, but mastering the technique of playing the piano.

The very same can be said of working with a designer or working on a designers work and learning how the designer designed the garment.

There is nothing about copying or wrong with this.  It’s when you create a garment exactly like a designer and sell it as your design that becomes a problem.

But we have too much creativity to be that boring!!!

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