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Snow may still be on the ground, but spring is right around the corner. For many of us, we’re still busily sewing for winter. However, for others, preparations for a new spring wardrobe has begun. If you’re ready to ditch the wool then here’s a few tips on how to jump start your spring fashions:

Start looking at ready-to-wear fashions. Designers have already displayed their 2011 collections on the catwalk so this is a great place to see what the trends will be. Current fashion magazines are also giving us a sneak peek at early spring styles.

Check the pattern magazines. Most pattern companies have begun releasing ‘early spring’ catalogs. This is a good opportunity to start creating the latest looks of the season.

Catch an awards show. This is great way to see what Hollywood perceives as fashionable (did anyone else notice all the shoulder pads at the Golden Globes).

Surf the net. There are websites galore devoted to fashion, their trends, fabrics and more. There are even Twitter feeds devoted entirely to discussing upcoming style.


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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.02 AMby peaudane

    I have just moved my winter fabrics into boxes and taken out my summery fabrics and it makes me so happy just to look at all my favorite colors! I’ve planned out a Spring wardrobe : 1 jacket, 2 dresses, 1 pants, 1 skirt and a few tops and I’m really excited to get started on it.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.30 AMby fosteretalk

    My spring sewing project is getting the stuff out of my sewing room that was put in there while my son put in a new floor in the family room. Then I will make a pair of shorts for gardening.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 05.32 PMby wzrdreams

    I consider it an act of joyful defiance to sew with lightweght fabric when it is below freezing and snowing outside. I’ve been stocking up on transitional fabrics and keeping an eye on some of the spring/summer fabrics that are starting to show up on the front shelves on 39th st. Yesterday I bought a gorgeous Italian cotton sateen floral print and I have plans to make a sweet blouse which I will be cutting tonight.

    I also have been perusing the big 4 new patterns to keep my shopping cart full

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    Jan 25, 2011, 04.44 PMby Sewing And Style

    great advice- just got a few fashion magazines to look through. I particularly like InStyle for inspirations

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.24 PMby jenyjenny

    Yay, I just got my first issue of Burda Plus in the mail yesterday, so excited! SO EXCITED! I love the long skirt with the bubble hemline, for starters.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.14 PMby ttnora

    I’ve started preparing for summer with 2 new tops. Last year I began a new summer wardrobe in tailors’ style and now I’ve continued it. By the way it’s snowing at the moment. :-)

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    Jan 25, 2011, 01.12 PMby Monjio

    Yes, here in Italy “Marie Claire”, “Amica”, and “Vogue” came out with their suppliment runway show issue last month! (I always look forward to them! So much less buying them here then in the states!)

    Now we have snow here, so it’s weird looking through the spring/summer styles! But they always inspire me, so I am thinking ahead as well!

    They certainly are “in fashion” here! loulourosa, hope you have a wonderful trip, Italy is always amazing!!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.13 AMby loulourosa

    Sewing summer clothes is much more fun. I’m allready looking forward to my summer holiday in Italy (Venice), so I definitly need a new wardrobe :-) if I dont want to look like a northern peasant among the Italian sofisticated ladies!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.39 AMby LindsayTNYC

    Thanks, Stacy! It’s freezing here today but I’m so done with my winter sewing. Onto the sprint stuff!

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