In Store Inspiration #7

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’re the selfies?!” Sorry to disappoint little…

In Store Inspiration #6

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…

In Store Inspiration #5

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 is how…

In Store Inspiration #4

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…

In Store Inspiration #3

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 Monaco) 4. The…

Patterns & Textures #1

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It’s amazing what we see in nature or architecture that can inspire textile design. Interesting lines, textures, colours, light fall… the simplest thing triggers an idea. For example, as soon as I saw the side of this building (last picture) I immediately imagined it as a woven wall hanging, the pattern achieved through various shades…

In Store Inspiration #2

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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 no minimums,…

Makers Inspiration #4

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I saw Holly Fowler’s work featured in a recent Style Bubble post and was immediately captivated by her hand-painted designs. She graduated with a BA from Central Saint Martins in 2011 and has since designed exclusive collections for both Browns and Bergdorf Goodman. She paints directly onto her clothing, creating these slightly whimsy but sophisticated…

The Weekender #1

Yes, I’m a little late to the party on these two documentaries, but I still felt the need to share in case you’ve also yet to see them. Perhaps one will make a great addition to your long weekend. The first is the OWN Visionaries: Tom Ford Documentary, a rare insight into Fords daily life as…