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Sewing Inspiration from Accessories

 What gets you inspired to sew?  Is it a pattern, a fabric, or something completely out of the blue?  For me, it's often accessories!  I love jewelry and shoes, and sometimes don't have anything to coordinate with them, so that starts the creative juices going.
I've been eyeing this color block tote from Eloquii for a long time.  I was waiting for the price to go down, but now that it is on "final clearance", I had to bite the bullet and push "buy".  

Then, I've decided that I can't wear boots with heels anymore, so I wanted a new pair of flat boots.  I found these Diba Tea Tyme Riding Boots on and when they came, they fit like a glove!  They go with the purse, so together, now I'm got two pieces.
Then, lastly, I've been looking for a "statement" watch, and this Anne Klein watch with the rose gold and leather band called out to me.
So, now comes the fun part!  Finding fabrics and patterns to make things that will go with these items.   The color palette is going to be black, cream and caramel.  My daughter looked at what I was planning, and said "boring", but I prefer to think of it as "classic".  This is really a continuation of my last year's Winter Wardrobe Plan that worked really well for me.  I have lots of things that will work with these items.

I know that I'm going to use some animal prints, because I'll be able to find some with those colors.  I also know that I'm going to go with simple shapes, luxe fabrics, and more separates than dresses.   I'm going to set a goal of 1 item per week for 6 new pieces by the end of the year.

What inspires you to sew?  Do you plan your sewing or does it just happen?

Happy Sewing!



  1. I love that purse! I can see how that could inspire a new wardrobe.

    1. Thanks, Linda! I'm working on the first piece now.

  2. Very interesting, never thought of planning my wardrobe this way, but I think it would work the way you are doing it.

    1. Thanks Blooms and Bugs! With all of the choices out there with fabrics and patterns, this is just my way of narrowing down the options.


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