Friday, August 3, 2012

4 Things Sewers/Designers Can (and Should) Learn From Anthropologie

Once again, let us indulge ourselves in interesting, well made clothes we can't buy, and try to absorb some inspiration and knowledge before we start crying.

 What can we, my friends, learn from Anthropologie?

1) Incorporate different textures in your garment by mixing different kinds of fabric:

Striped flight V - Neck
Whirled Mesh Top

For some reason, I tend not to use different kinds of fabric in the same garment, I tend to stay in the same fabric family (cotton with cotton, jersey with jersey) rather than spicing it up! Do you feel the same way?

2) Make your garment unique by using ruffles and geometric pleats:

Gathered Grace Cardigan

Crimped V neck

3) An armhole isn't just and armhole, use it as a design element:

Instead of just a round armhole, try a different shape, to give your garment a whole new look!

Pleated Panel Shell
You don't always have to add full set in sleeves to make a shirt a little more modest, just add a ruffle and you're good to go!

Ruffle Sleeve Blouse
Create a shoulder yoke out of a different fabric to keep things interesting:

Opening Stripes Tee

4) Incorporate jewelery and beading into your garments to add a hand - made couture -  esque look to your garment:

In the neckline:

Talakona Blouse
front panel of the shirt:

Beaded Abraxes Top

I'm going to break the rules and say that another excellent example of this is Julia Bobbin's Jeweled dress : Isn't is beautiful??

Julia Bobbin

Do you try to add interesting details to your garment to single them out from the crowd? Do you, like me, tend to drool look through your favorite unaffordable stores to get inspiration? What interesting element do you want to add to your next garment? (doesn't have to be from this list!) I'd love to know!

If you have any questions about how to actually take act on any of the inspirational details I share above - leave a comment!

Want some more inspiration for your next sewing project? Check out 4 Things Sewers/Designers Can (and Should) Learn From Modcloth

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