Designers say that they are often inspired by fabrics, which will then ignite an idea for a design. I must admit this happens to me quite often, when I’m perusing a fabric shop or swatch book, ideas pop into my mind inspired by the fabrics themselves. How do you begin you design process?
Each one of us has a personal style, fabrics we favor, colors we adore, colors we despise, and to be honest, sometimes we get lost when trying to decide on which fabric to use for that new sewing pattern! This post scratches the surface for what’s available out there in terms of fabrics, and offers some inspiration to get sewing!
Metallics, brocades, sequins, pastels: Wearing gold can make you feel like a goddess and there are many fun metallic fabrics available today. Patterns to consider: Go glam and try the Sean Skirt, or more girly with the Ruffle Skirt. Dress + belt by American Apparel
Florals: Liberty of London is the Queen of floral printed fabrics, but there are tons of economical calico fabrics available for very little money— even quilters cotton would work for this look. Patterns to consider: The JJ blouse has ruffles to cut from a floral and the Coffee Date Dress also has components which are screaming to be cut from complimentary florals. Dress by Espace Kiliwatch Paris
Bold Solids: I think of Izod, Vineyard Vines and Lily Pulitzer (I grew up on preppy Cape Cod) when I see these bright, eye-catching colors. Patterns to consider: Cut this Cropped Sweatshirt Jacket from a bold solid, or try the Sweatshirt Mini Dress for summer. T-shirts by American Apparel
Striped Cottons + Knits: Here’s where it’s time to break the rules! Combining different stripes can make for a fun + intriguing ensemble. Would you dare mix them? Patterns to consider: Pair red, white and blue striped fabrics and make the Nadia Blouse, or try the Susan Blouse with a sweet tie at the waist. Blouse by Iglaine, T-shirt American Apparel
Dotted Fabric: Polka dots can be paired with any of the above mentioned fabrics— and a tip to keep yourself still looking cool is to follow a consistent color palate or theme. Patterns to consider: Try combining different colored dotted prints into garments like a cute Blouse with Peplum, or this Dress with Bow.
All photos from View magazine issue 88, always an incredible source of design information + inspiration…