Tuesday, March 1, 2011


One of the recommendations of "How to Have Style" (yes, I realize I still need to officially review this read. For now, I'll leave it at this: I'm glad I bought it.) is to build your own inspiration board. "Personal style is what comes out when you discover your likes & dislikes, your own sense of what's right & what's wrong. This applies to clothing, cooking a meal, arranging a bouquet-anything & everything," Issac says.

He recommends collecting photos over a period of time of things that you like. Not just clothing. But things that inspire you. I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but I don't subscribe to a lot of magazines & I couldn't get my images to look cohesive in Photoshop. And then I remembered Polyvore. So I set out to make an inspiration board, or two. :)

Now, these are far from inclusive. It's kind of opposite from what the book reocmmends. Instead of "stumbling" across inspiration, I was actively searching for it. Which worked well for me, I think. :)

My first set is black & white, with some red thrown in for some color. The black & white combo has always been a "fall back" for me. In fact, I realized a year ago that black was taking over my closet, so I started buying browns instead of black & introducing more & more color. It's a work in progress.

Black White & Red

Black White & Red by Seamstress In Training on Polyvore.com

The next set I created is much more colorful & bright. What can I say--I'm craving spring.  Gerbera daisies are my favorite so I started off with those. 


  1. I like both of your inspiration boards! Do you plan on sewing a garment based on either of these color schemes?

  2. Thanks Vanessa. You know, I should do an inspiration board based on patterns & fabrics I actually have on hand!! Maybe once I hone my sewing skills I could sew up some of these. :D


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