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From: MaryW
Date: 04-15-2005, 01:37 PM (1 of 7)
What or who inspires you to sew. What pushes you to try a new pattern or new technique? Is it the fabric you have stashed away, the pattern or the insatiable thirst to try something new?

Mine is usually a pattern. I see the style and if it appeals to me I immediately want to try it.
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From: Magot
Date: 04-15-2005, 01:48 PM (2 of 7)
For garment sewing it is pattern every time. I then have to try and find a fabric that fills my need - I can have a pattern put by for years until I find the fabric, nedless to say this means I tend to sew 'classics' rather than high fashion items.

In the costume making it is again pattern - but it may be a painting or a drawing of the era or someone elses creation that inspires. I can like this type os sleeve but that type of head wear. I try to get them to be items that were fashionable at the same time - not introducing a style that came to England 30 years to early on a nother dress for example! So as authentic as possible. With some things it could be the embellishment possibilities that inspire. I've done a lot with pearl beads, for example, taken from potraits of the time. I am limited as to fabric - I have to take what my daughter can buy at the reenactment markets - it has to be period in dye, pattern and content.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 04-15-2005, 03:25 PM (3 of 7)
I have to be in the mood to sit and sew (lately I haven't for a month now). But I REALLY get the hots to sew when I see new fabric...
Like 99% of people who sew, I'm addicted to fabric (and thread)...
Also when I see a pattern in a magazine or book that looks interesting, it makes me want to try it.... :bg:
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Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: needles1
Date: 04-15-2005, 03:34 PM (4 of 7)
Sometimes I am inspired by a pattern but alot of times I get inspired when I hear all the projects others are doing or when I get a new "Sew Beautiful" magazine or "Clotilde's Sewing Savvy".
Or when one of my daughters tell me they want me to make them something they've seen.
User: needles1
Member since: 04-13-2005
Total posts: 3
From: DorothyL
Date: 04-15-2005, 03:37 PM (5 of 7)
It varies for me. Usually I buy the fabric when I see something I just have to have -- especially if it is inexpensive or unusual. And patterns I buy a bunch when they are on sale. So I have these separate stashes and boom -- something comes together and I know what I am going to make.
For instance I bought a black and white silk suiting in the city last fall. I knew I wouldn't use it until spring. Then, over the winter I found a great black and white poly at Joanns with little silhouettes of early 1900 fashion plates on it. What a great lining for the silk jacket. But the pattern I intended to use was dated. Too 90s. So I went out and found the pattern I wanted new.
Now it's all sitting on the table waiting for me to get busy and sew!!
Another time I had the pattern for a dress for my daughter and some fabric -- but not enough for the dress. So I decided to make a shrug out of the fabric to match the dress and went to Hancocks and found a fabric to make the dress and matched the shrug.
Everything comes together differently -- but it comes together.
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-15-2005, 06:35 PM (6 of 7)
I'm inspired by the challenge. I look at something, and I think, "Ah, now that's something I have never tried." Sometimes when I look at clothing in the stores, I'll examine them to see how they did it. While I'm looking them over, I think about whether they have finer tailored touches or were just slapped together.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 04-15-2005, 10:41 PM (7 of 7)
For me it was inspiration more than mentor. I never really like the RTW stuff, so I would either make my own or help the RTW. I have always been an artsy dressers type of person. I love color, bright brillant color. I am not your pastel person. In school I was tease about my name all the time, so I just decided to be different all the way around. I love the vintage look and have made many outfits of those. Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac I loved her outfits so I made some for me. Now I basically sew for the GC since I have had a 180 degree turn in my life. When I get back to my other life I will be the artsy dresser I was before.

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