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Pinning My Little Paris Wardrobe

May 15, 2013 · 20 comments

My husband and I have planned to go away for a long weekend in Paris to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We don’t go away very often so I am pretty un-practised in the art of packing and find it super tricky to decide what to take or more accurately what to leave behind. If I had my way I would probably cart the entirety of my wardrobe across the English Channel.

I thought that I would start thinking about my dream Paris wardrobe well ahead of time in the hope that I could maybe sew up some of the garments from this wish list.  As always inspiration was not in short supply for me so I created a dedicated board on Pinterest which I named ‘Little Paris Wardrobe’ where I gathered all the things I would love to take with me and float around the city in!

In an odd coinkidink Pinterest contacted me recently and very flatteringly invited me to be involved in their #PinItForwardUK campaign to spread the love of Pinterest across the UK. I was more than happy to oblige as despite only having joined Pinterest a few months ago I have quickly become one of its biggest fans. Seriously, telling people why I love using Pinterest is as easy as pie for me- especially considering I think it is particularly useful for us sewers!

Firstly the ability to have several different boards is fantastic for keeping one’s inspiration organised and separated into different moods/ themes. I only really created My Paris Wardrobe board with our weekend away in mind (O.C.D anyone?) but I found that it actually focused my mind on the more casual/ weekend side of my style and so I have started using it as a place to store my inspiration for this separate to my general seasonal style boards.

Secondly it is image focused which is great for us creative types. If you want to make a note of a Sewing Tutorial or a blog post so that you can refer back to it later you do so by pining any image from that tutorial or post to one of your mood boards- so much more likely to resonate with you later than a scribble on a post it saying something about a French seam- amirite?

Thirdly, it’s so preeeeedy! It’s so nice that you just click, click, click and suddenly you have these beautiful boards that represent all the different things you love.  It is essentially the super efficient, glue stick free approach to collaging and scrap booking. Who could be upset about that?

Fourthly, you can share things so easily with other people- for example if you are making a dress for someone else you could have them compile a mood board full of dresses they have seen and liked. Then they can allow YOU to pin on that board also so you can pin pattern pictures, fabrics, colour swatches and sketches based on their images to the same board and they can comment below them letting you know which they like etc…! And all of this can be done remotely- it is SUCH an interactive design tool in that way.

Finally it’s a great way to get MORE inspired! Now, I realise that with the wonderful world of blogs, websites, movies, TV and magazines most of us probably aren’t often caught short in this area but it’s always nice to see what is inspiring the people that inspire you. My friend Jenny is a D.I.Y genius and pins all the super clever stuff she spots on Pinterest which then pops up on my homepage and gets my D.I.Y cogs ticking!

I could go on but I am sure by now you get the idea- Pinterest is fab! So instead I am going to share with you some of the things I have pinned on my Little Paris wardrobe board and why I love them. Be sure to pop on over and FOLLOW ME on Pinterest and take a look at some of my other boards too!

gingham dress

I first saw this Mui Mui silk gingham shirt dress on Kirsten Dunst and it was love at first sight- have you ever seen a more divine gingham!? I just love how bold it is- kind of like its screaming ‘I’m gingham and I’m proud’ at you! It was actually one of the reasons I made my somewhat more muted Vintage Mccalls shirtwaist dress but if I ever see gingham this stunning I will be snapping it up and recreating it!

Denim Shirt

I own three denim shirts- and those are just the ones left alive. I have worked way through three others I think. It is actually relatively astonishing that none appear on my blog. I throw them over everything and wear them around the house constantly. I just love them, so comfy and versatile. My husband said to me the other day ‘I don’t really like denim shirts’, for a second I genuinely wondered how he had ended up married to me. Hehe! So anyway pink polka dots, a denim shirt, oh and that’s my favourite Laura Ashley wallpaper in the background. There is no alternate universe in which I exist where I do not LOVE  THIS!

polka dot dress

I made up a toile of Colette Crepe last Spring and I love it- and then I never made it up?! I have no idea why. It’s such a simple dress- both in terms of its construction- no closures people (hooray!) and its lovely classic style. So I pinned it here because I am determined to make it this Spring, I see it as a lovely afternoon picnic dress, comfy, light and easy to wear.

deer and doe patterns

I first saw these new Deer and Doe patterns on Ginger Makes and knew I was absolutely going to have to make all three to take to Paris and make all three I have! Unfortunately it looks set to be about as Spring like and balmy in Paris this weekend as it currently is in London which is NOT AT ALL. Where is our Spring?  So there’s the pesky little fly in the ointment, after all my pinning and planning it appears I will be in my jeans and Mac for our little trip away- but nevermind I’m sure the croissants will still taste the same!

As a lovely little side note to the PinItForwardUK campaign Pinterst have introduced each of us involved to some of the other bloggers involved. Meaning I have been lucky enough to have found two gorgeous new blogs to read which I thought I would share with you guys too.

Emily writes the blog Start Up Wife which is both a lovely read and a feast for the eyes. She is a photographer and it shows- the images on her sight are stunning. She also has the cutest little brand new baby girl!

Louse writes the blog SewScrumptious which is such a gorgeous sewing blog. I am so happy to have been introduced to her site because she is also the UK ambassador for the charity Dress A Girl Around The World that makes simple little pillow case dresses and sends them to little girls in need all around the world. I will definitely be getting involved in this as it seems like such a fantastic cause so I will do a full blog post on it soon.

Hope you enjoy reading those sites as much as I did.

As always thanks for reading and happy sewing.

(The images used in this post remain copyright of their respective owners. I do not claim any ownership of them.)

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tina May 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I’m so excited for you to go to Paris! Your idea of creating a fashion/packing board for your trip is super creative (I may well steal this idea for my next trip!). This is such an inspiring post–thanks for joining us in the Pin It Forward UK campaign. I’m happy to hear that you’ve also found some great bloggers through the campaign, always happy to hear that the amazing blogging community is growing.


Ami May 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

Thanks Tina! Paris was so lovely :) Thanks for including me in your Pin It Forward UK campaign!
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Krista May 15, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Your Paris wardrobe board is heavenly! Cannot wait to see everything you whip up for the trip! And Happy Anniversary!!! :) Congrats! (The hubs and I are planning to celebrate our anniversary in Hawaii this year and I have been scoping fabric and breezy patterns, like Colette Laurel. So excited!)


Ami May 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

Aw thanks Krista! Will be doing lots of posts of my Paris inspired sewing projects soon- hardly of any of which I was actually able to wear as it was kind of cold! Hehe- typical! Wow! Hawaii!!!! That sounds heavenly- yep breezy sewing projects all the way for you then- and I LOVE the Laurel, such a lovely classic dress! :)
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Krista May 15, 2013 at 5:40 pm

So sorry for the double comment, but just checked out Dress A Girl Around the World. What an amazing organization and such a small thing we can do that can make a big impact. Can’t wait to get started myself! :)


Ami May 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

Absolutely- definitely want to get involved with this one, such a good cause :)
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Sew Scrumptious May 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Thanks so much for the lovely mention! That’s brilliant. You have a fab blog too and I’m off to follow your Pinterest boards!! xx
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Ann Sinclair May 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Love your inspiration boards. Especially the navy/white stripe themes. Have dabbled a little on Pinterest. Wish I was a bit more organised. Hope you have a fabulous weekend in Paris. Ann S x


Ami May 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

Thanks Ann! Navy and white stripes are lovely aren’t they! :)
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Sarah shewring May 16, 2013 at 7:27 am

Fabulous as always!! I’m off to follow you on Pinterest.
Best wishes


Ami May 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks Sarah, I am following you back :)
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Linda May 16, 2013 at 10:03 am

Dear Ami,
I read with interest that you are going to Paris. You will be the most glam there no worries!
I went there for the day on Monday with friends. We were on the Eurostar and jumped off at Gare Du Nore and walked to the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. I don’t know what it is called, but one of the roads leading up to the Sacré-Coeur is ABSOLUTELY jam-packed with fabric shops. There are two at the top of the road that are amazing (like being in fabric heaven…).
Perhaps hubby will let you have a couple of hours…
I have only been sewing for about a year, but love it. I have learnt everything from books and blogs and Googling!
Thank you so much for your interesting and informative posts.
If you are going by Eurostar, you may be driven there by my husband who is a driver!
Have a lovely time.
Linda x


Ami May 28, 2013 at 10:56 am

Hi Linda! I made it to the fabric shops- WOW! They are huge and fantastic! I found some really unique pieces too! Thanks for the tip!
We did go by Eurostar and it was so much better than flying- so nice to arrive in the centre of Paris! :)
Happy sewing!
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Elena May 16, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Hooray for Paris. And for Pinterest. I’d never thought of using Pinterest to plan holiday wardrobes. Clever idea! Will be stealing that one.

x Elena @ Randomly Happy
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Ami May 28, 2013 at 11:00 am

Yep, Pinterest is the new list maker! And so much more fun :)
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Haylee May 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I’m with you on the Pinterest love and I’m really happy you posted about this because I wouldn’t have known you were on it otherwise. So now definitely following you and goodness, I think I want everything on your Paris pin board.
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Ami May 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

Pinterest is so good isn’t it! I’m following you too :)
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Ginger May 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Girl, those are some great looks and so very you! Looking forward to seeing photos of your Little Paris Wardrobe! But– take me with you?! It could still be a romantic getaway for you and hubs if I tagged along, right? :D
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Ami May 28, 2013 at 11:03 am

Absoulutely! Hehe!
Will be posting lots of Paris inspired projects soon! :)
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Fran June 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Ive just started using Pinterest after reading your blog-its slow going at the moment but hope it will bring me lots of inspiration! Im embarking on my own Peony dress but am a bit scared to use lace like your beautiful one!!


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