Design Inspiration

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 5

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I had a realization yesterday. For these reasons, when I go shopping I rarely find clothes I want to purchase: (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 4

I get all the fashion magazines: Bazar, Elle, Vogue, Town & Country, In Style, W. Sometimes I even buy Vanity Fair, More, Glamour, In Styles’ special issues and various gossip rags. I’m always hungry for sewing inspiration! (Yes, I still find a little time to read books.) (more…)

Project Runway–What would you do?

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I’d like to write an in-depth article about this season’s Project Runway, detailing each designer and commenting on their strengths and weaknesses. However, I haven’t watched this season as diligently as past seasons–I’ve seen each episode, but sometimes out of order and my impressions are somewhat mixed-up. Or maybe the mixed-up feeling comes because I don’t see any shining designers this time around and no designs have jumped out at me as “wow, that’s really awesome”. (more…)

Ruffles, Lace and Florals for Fall?

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As this ultra femmme/baby doll phase dies down, we still have a few trends to deal with. As I’ve said before, I like to look current while maintaining “my” look. Can the floral prints that have seeped into fall fashion fit my image? Can ruffles work for women over 25? Can lace look sophisticated? Well, only if they are toned down a few notches. (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 3

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I know it’s time to get sewing on fall fashions and I’ve been trying to find some inspiration, but this year, although I’ve perused the fashion magazines, runway looks and store offerings,  I’ve come up with few ideas. (more…)

Tailored Jackets for Fall

As I’m perusing the media (magazines, web, movies and t.v.) looking for fall fashions to sew, I’m uninspired. Usually fall has me drooling over beautiful clothes done up in sumptuous fabrics. Haven’t found many worth passing on at this time, but I will share what I do find.

Here’s an article from Fabulous Over 40 with their picks of the top jackets of the season. For the most part, I agree, though I’ll add more ideas as I find them. (I do love the Armani pictured above–perfect to dress up or down.)  (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 2

I’m so excited–tailoring is back! I’ve been waiting for this since the 80’s, when jackets, slacks and skirts were molded with the finest wool flannels, challis and knits into flattering constructed silhouettes. This time around they’re even better because they are body skimming, sans huge shoulder pads and so are the epitome of graceful, fluid line.

I covet the entire fall RTW line from Akris! The photo above, from their runway show, is perfect for early fall. Look at those narrow pants–they’ll make anybody look tall and slim! I’m glad, as well, to see some suede. I think it’s really classy. (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 1

Even though I still have dozens of summer fashion I hope to stitch up, I guess it’s time to start gathering ideas for fall. At least I’ll have a place to start when the weather starts turning (because you know I’ll probably wait that long to start my fall wardrobe–I need to get in the mood).

Here’s an article from You Look Fab that outlines the major trends for fall. The photo is a new Donna Karan outfit at Neiman Marcus–a good season spanning look.

Hints of Autumn from You Look Fab

Design Inspiration

Here’s were I sort through the abundant amount of sewing inspiration available from the web, the runway, the stores, magazines, celebs and the street.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 1:  designs for transitioning between winter and spring.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 2:  Chaiken Spring RTW ’08, a line I love from beginning to end.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 3:  Grabbing a great detail from designer clothing.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 4:  Finding wearable looks amid a sea of poofy umpire waisted designs.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 5:  A cropped, full jacket even a tailored gal can love.

What to Wear:  Some ideas for my daugher’s graduation ceremony.

Spring Wardrobe ’08 part 6:  Some dressed down looks for weekends and vacations.

Spring’s Sheer Fabrics from Cheryl Shops:  Nice ways to incorporate sheer fabrics into spring fashions.

Special Clothes:  Gathering ideas for fabric and details that can be used for unique clothing.

Magic Wrap Dresses and Tops from stylelist:  Great ideas to get this flattering look into your wardrobe.

Alternatives to Sweats

Fall Shoes and Boots

Fall Wardrobe ‘08–Part 5

Fall Wardrobe ‘08–Part 4

Project Runway–What would you do?

Ruffles, Lace and Florals for Fall?

Fall Wardrobe ‘08–Part 3

Magic Wrap Dresses and Tops from stylelist

Wrap dresses and tops are sophisticated, sexy and flattering–what more could you want? I’m going fabric shopping Tuesday to look for fabrics for a couple of wrap tops and dresses. Knits are perfect for wrap designs and of course, fast and easy to put together and comfortable to wear.

This article from stylelist has some great pictures of  wrap dresses and tops that are copy-worthy: