Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Sight Of The Stars Makes Me Dream

For me, inspiration comes from many places: stores I visit (I'm the shady looking girl checking out the inside seams of clothes to try and figure out how its made so I can copy), street style pictures and books about art, design, architecture and nature.
Some of the things inspiring me at the moment - pumpkin, deeper tones and exquisite detailing like these little raised flowers. All of this probably points more to autumn but I'm about to come into spring! I'm a little bit sick of all the floral prints after seeing them on all the northern hemisphere lasses, so I don't know how I'm going to make it through!

One resource that I constantly draw inspiration from is a tiny battered book that I bought secondhand called Fashionsmarts. I couldn't find any copies of the book anywhere so I thought it would be okay to share a little bit with you.

'A good friend who is also a fashion designer shares this trick: She loves embroidery and lace and fabrics that are especially beautiful, like scraps of silk and crepe de Chine. As a designer, she found she is often left with bits and pieces of beautiful fabric scraps. Rather than relegate them to the drawer for use for 'someday', she treats them as jewelry. She'll wear twists of silk and crepe de Chine at her wrists as bracelets. Longer lengths of her favourite fabrics she'll wear tied in a bow at the neck and she has also tied them around her waist.'

Honestly, as someone who sews, I though that this was one of the best ideas I had heard of in a long time. Often you do end up with a pile of scrap of lovely fabric in lovely colours which looks so vibrant and interesting when they are all together. This is a simple and effective way of using those pieces. Here's one I prepared earlier -


I've just cut strips of scraps that I had left lying around and attached it to the neck of this dress with large round eighties earrings. You can do knots, twist it around, all sorts of things. In this case, I decided to use all different patterned fabrics with some matching solid colours mixed in. As I had made this dress, I also used some left over material from it to tie all the colours together.

Best to note though that this sort of thing looks better the more pieces of fabric there are (to make it thicker) and the more colours there are. The longer pieces look great over a simple black dress and I've used this type of thing (it was actually a giant cacophony of scarves) to make a work dress look less work-y. I think it would work well with ribbons and lace too if you didn't want to cut up material.

11 comments:

Skye said...

What a lovely idea! I have a scrap bag of lace and bits of fabric and I have always tied them round my wrist and waist, but never thought of layering them like this.

niki said...

that's a brilliant idea! i'm always trying to figure out what to do with those last bits of fabric; i feel awful throwing them away. it looks great with that dress, btw.

esme and the lane way said...

Oh my God. It is absolutely beautiful. I want to try that (op-shop lace, crochet maybe?) but I can be a bit cak-handed. Yours looks amazing, and so perfect with the dress. Love the beret, too!

Blogette said...

So so lovely. I love all of your DIYs!

jayne said...

wow what a simple, but genius idea! you look great with it on!

Robin said...

Great idea, and love your head

Miss Karen said...

Wow that's a brilliant idea! The neckline looks lovely!

The Clothes Horse said...

Oh so pretty and really so creative as well. This is sort of how I feel about my dresses--why save them for someday if I love them? The book sounds wonderful.

Annie said...

Oh, how cool is that?! It looks awesome! So creative...

fashion herald said...

wonderful, what a great book! I'm curious about the bits on wrists, too, wonder how that would look?

PorcelainBlonde said...

This is a truly beautiful and original idea. In a way it reminds me of some of the new seasons jewellery by Dries Van Noten in that you're making a statement with a quirky mix...like their necklace made out of heaps of bangles.