One of the most important reasons for sewing your own clothing is STYLE. Sorry that’s screaming at you but STYLE is everything. In a previous post I wrote about finding what looks good on you – and now I you we need to take that information and get it into a form we can WEAR with STYLE.
Like every endeavor old or new, you will need to learn some new tricks. There are thousands of books on fashion, haute couture and style. I think the basics are best because you just can’t own every book out there – so here are some of my suggestions for the library of your Atelier –
There are so many more you can add to your knowledge base but these are good for a start. They are not cheap. Just like cheap fabrics, cheap books are a waste of money. Cheap books will give you an overview, but no in-depth information.
I also recommend taking a video class with Craftsy. There are so many classes – one by Jane Dunnewold whose books you see in the gallery. Jane does surface design like no one else. To learn to dye cloth from her is a blessing. This course can help you if you have ideas for textiles but cannot find the textile! Make it.
Also Paul Gallo has a course on Craftsy on Draping. I am taking this now – very slowly as I had to wait for the pattern tracing material. What I love about Craftsy – http://www.craftsy.com – is that you can take each lesson whenever you have time. This makes fitting classes into your schedule easy and they are much less expensive than taking a course at a physical location.
Inspiration for your clothing is everywhere. Pattern companies and independent pattern designers are all over the internet. However if you learn to make a basic pattern that fits YOU then you will never have to search out a pattern again. You will just be able to incorporate design elements into your basic fitting pattern.
I get a lot of inspiration from ready to wear and from haute couture fashion. Not a lot of haute couture is really wearable in real life, but you get great ideas about form and fit and elements you can use with a more wearable simpler style. I look at web sites from retail clothiers such as Garnet Hill, Soft Surroundings, Gudruns Joden and others. These all give you possibilities and none of the shapes of the clothing on these sites are hard to duplicate.
Next on the adventure – what fabric to use when ………….