Archive for the Inspiration Category

Pantone’s Colors for Fall 2016

Pantone's Colors for Fall 2016

There’s always a new palette each year, and even though Anna Wintour says that “Fashion is Dead” or “There is No Fashion” there will always be trends, no matter what, and Pantone really does go through and look at the shows and pick out the predominant colors.  […]

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Yves St. Laurent – a Master

Yves St. Laurent - a Master

I grew up in fashion during the 50’s and 60’s.  It was a dramatic time of change, but the fashions were fabulous and the experimentation going on was really interesting.  What new ways of darting and shaping and dart placement could designers employ to get fit and […]

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Golden Globes 2016 – Teachable Moments

I asked you all to start out the Red Carpet season with a different outlook than what you normally see or hear about in the reviews the next day.  So let’s look at some of the teachable (learnable?) moments that the Golden Globes provided. First – it […]

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Cosplay – redeux

Cosplay - redeux

Not sure why but this old post had a bug in it someplace, so here’s the same blog (unfortunately without the comments) and hopefully without the bug!   This is a new – or relatively new – movement or term for folks who derive inspiration from media, […]

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When Does Sewing Become More Than Just Techniques

Lots of times in my classes and on boards and profiles around the net, I see that up-and-coming sewists want to learn this or that technique, with their thinking that if they know enough of them then they can sew well.  All they need to do is […]

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Inspiration

Inspiration

So where do you get your inspiration?  I get mine usually from my RSS feed or just perusing around the net.  But one thing is for sure, when someone says “classic” I’m all over it in nothing flat.  Actually this didn’t say classic it was more like […]

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Ticklin’ the Muse

Ticklin' the Muse

Working creatively is not like working in any other profession. There are starts and stops to all forms of creative working.  It’s important to know that and it’s important to know some guidelines for those stops and starts. For example, have you been sewing along fine, and […]

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Matching Prints

This is one of those things that is in the eye of the beholder, but even then there are some rules.  One of the best ways to study this is to look at the designers. Here is a Koos from Vogue 1377 and shows a great combination […]

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Rituals

Rituals

Rituals are a basic need with humans just as much as air, food, shelter and clothing.  They keep us sane when things go awry (or even worse, when the whole Earth falls out from under us). They work toward even helping us get past blocks and barricades […]

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Practice

I read a morning roundup of RSS feeds which have a lot of interesting ideas.  But the other morning, I ran across something that reminded me again how important some basics are. One is practice. This sounds fairly boring, self-evident and plainly something you can skip and […]

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