I’d Love to See “Valentino: Master of Couture at Somerset House”!

This exhibit runs 29 November 2012 – 3 March 2013 in London, England.

State of My Wardrobe Report

It’s been six weeks since I began my wardrobe assessment. A “no jeans policy” at an area retailer where I’m working for the holiday season exposed my overly dependent reliance on the “designer jeans and tee” uniform. I do have other clothing pieces in my closet. I’ve made a habit of stocking up on the best quality basics I can afford. I’ve discovered I lack enough pieces to give my wardrobe the “current” look I’m after, though. I have too many t-shirts. Most of my dresses are not for every day wear. I prefer fashion classics but with a bit of a twist. I am now in the process of doing needed alterations on items in my wardrobe, updating accessories, and making a sewing plan. In this age of instant access, it’s too easy sometimes to just buy an item. I’ve decided to invest the time necessary to make a few quality pieces: some dresses, a pair of pants, a peplum top, a blazer and more from my existing fabric stash.

Here are links to two of my Pinterest boards of favorite fashion looks and sewing patterns.   http://pinterest.com/beltonbelle/kathy-s-fashion-wish-list/ http://pinterest.com/beltonbelle/patterns-worth-sewing/

A Proper Tribute To The Little Black Dress at SCAD – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture

 

Vogue editors Anna Wintour and André Leon Tall...

Vogue editors Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley during New York Fashion Week (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Proper Tribute To The Little Black Dress at SCAD – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture.

If you live in or near the Savannah area you’ll want to see the “Little Black Dress” exhibit at SCAD Museum of Art curated by Andre Leon Talley(a Vogue contributing editor) which runs through January 27, 2013. “The Daily South’s” post in the above link describes the event.

Fabrics from NY Fashion Center Fabrics

While there are many cities with specialty stores selling fine fashion fabrics, New York sets the standard. NY Fashion Center Designer Fabrics carries a variety of silks, cottons, wools, jerseys, and even leather skins used by leading designers and garment makers. They provide a swatch service for a small fee. http://www.nyfashioncenterfabrics.com/

Their website’s online fabric glossary,(http://www.nyfashioncenterfabrics.com/fabric-glossary.html),provides valuable detailed information on the many types of fabrics

They are also on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/nyfashioncenter/designer-fabrics/

Getting In The “Mood” to Sew

Mood Designer Fabric

Mood Designer Fabric (Photo credit: sotheavy)

The task of creating designer “look-a-like” styled garments has become a lot easier for me thanks to Pinterest and Mood Fabrics. While I am a skilled seamstress, I often struggle to locate and purchase the appropriate fabric for my particular pattern selection. It’s especially difficult when shopping online because I can’t see how the fabric will drape. My tastes aren’t usually satisfied by the selection at my local big chain fabric stores, either. I was excited to see actual runway designs accompanied by fabric choices listed below the image which are available to purchase pinned on Mood’s Pinterest boards. What an ingenious use of online media to further insure sewing success!  Just the sort of inspiration I need as I begin my wardrobe inventory and edit to plan my fall sewing projects.

I am now following Mood Fabrics on Pinterest. How about you?You can see their Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/moodfabrics/you-can-sew-this-fall-2012/