• In Store Inspiration #7

    September 29, 2016 Kate

    It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these In Store Inspiration roundup posts but trust, my phone is still full of photos of clothes I’ve turned inside out and right side in for ideas. My niece actually asked once why my camera roll is full of “stuff” and “where’s the selfies?!” Sorry to disappoint little…

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  • In Store Inspiration #6

    August 25, 2015 Kate

    I usually lose interest in a look once it’s become super trendy, like these trench-style jackets, but there’s something about their versatility I really like. This would be fairly simple to draft and sew yourself, and I like the sash detail on the back of this one. I’m not sure what the best wrinkle resistant…

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  • In Store Inspiration #5

    August 4, 2014 Kate

        I really love the idea of linen and leather together – both raw and imperfect, their different weights balancing each other out. I’m not crazy for the leather sleeves trend (as shown here), but I do love how this waxed linen looks in combination with this soft leather. What I’m most interested in…

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  • In Store Inspiration #4

    July 3, 2014 Kate

    I love that more and more people are experimenting with big knits, especially for the home. Vancouver based line Hendrik.Lou has shown some really neat things on their Instagram, and Loopy Mango yarn seems to be gaining popularity among knitters. My only concern is the longevity of these pieces, particularly ones knit from rovings. Will they shed substantially?…

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  • In Store Inspiration #3

    June 3, 2014 Kate

        1. Darts to shape the sleeve and add interest to an otherwise predictable silhouette. (Babaton, Artizia) 2. Vertical welts on this jacket are an interesting detail and slimming. (Escada)   3. I’m a sucker for a simple blazer – no collar, no lapels, no buttons, simple simple. Also, I’d think easier to draft/sew! (Club…

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  • In Store Inspiration #2

    April 23, 2014 Kate

        1. I like the simple print on this black and white Zara shirt. I would be easy to do something similar by silkscreening or even hand painting onto fabric. (Zara) 2. Digital printing is pretty awesome for fashion designers and home sewers alike. Club Ink in Toronto will print your designs on fabric with…

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  • In Store Inspiration #1

    September 2, 2013 Kate

    As long as I’ve had a cell phone with a camera I’ve been taking snapshots of things I find intriguing as I’m perusing stores. “Ooo, that’s a great idea to attach the straps like that” or “I wonder if I could sew leather and wool together like that at home” or “I’d love this but in…

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