My Spring Mood Board

Springspiration! – My Sewing Mood Board

March 25, 2013 · 28 comments

On one of the walls of my workroom I have a giant mood board where I collect all my inspiration for the current season. Usually the board is covered with a combination of magazine cuttings, fabric samples, screen captures from the TV and pattern pictures.

I add and remove individual pieces here and there and then completely remove and replace everything at the start of the spring and the start of the autumn.

It always amazes me just how much my taste changes with the weather, the darker colours that seem so appealing in the winter dramatically fall out of favour with me at the start of spring!

The board is a great way of focusing my mind on the general direction I’m going in and is also a good place to log the specific things that I definitely plan to make. I am inspired by so many things so often that it easy to forget about things I have seen if I don’t log them somewhere!

Spring Sewing Mood Board

This spring my board features a lot of solid brights and pastels and a lot of 1960s influenced silhouettes. Several of my images came from a fashion shoot in Glamour magazine that was full of styles that I really loved including a super cute mid length jacket and a couple of gorgeous boucle shift dresses. The boucle dresses really appealed as I thought the simple shape of them worked perfectly with the interesting texture of the fabric.  This shoot also featured some gorgeous 60s style slim trousers that are a very similar shape to my recent Colette Clover jeans that I plan to make in some different colours and possibly in some prints!

Boucle Shift Dress

60s jacket mood board

Designer wise I am constantly inspired by my all time favourite, Kate Spade. In fact her advert that is on my mood board this spring was also up there last year! It features her amazing Top Liner Trench  from her Spring 2012 collection which is a stone trench coat trimmed with black binding. It was on my ‘to make’ list for the spring last year but was one of the projects I never got round to completing. I have fitted the pattern and ordered the fabric for my take on this jacket now so fingers crossed it will be completed soon!

Kate Spade Trench Coat

Screen captures this season include some dresses from Mad Men (no surprises there!) Both of these are on my list of potential dresses for the Julia Bobbin Mad Men challenge but are also on my board just for the general feel they have- both with quite simple style lines and nice bold colours.  The Betty Draper dress, like the Kate Spade trench coat, is another survivor from last spring. I actually got as far as pattern cutting this dress last summer so it should be a nice quick project to complete this year.

Jane Mad Men Mood Board

Betty Draper Dress Mood Board

I have also pinned up a screen print of Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) from Pretty Little Liars wearing the most adorable pink jeans and lilac blouse. I love the combination of colours in this outfit as well as the individual items themselves. I also LOVE the series- if you haven’t seen it and you enjoy a good mystery then be sure to check it out! It is super gripping so be prepared to get hooked!

hannah marin ss13 mood board

There are a couple of cutwork collars on my board that inspired me to work on my own. I am lucky enough to have an embroidery machine and have managed to come up with some designs I am really happy with so will be doing an individual post on that very soon. I think that white shirts/ blouses are an absolute spring staple, especially in amongst all the bright colours I love to wear these days so I am super keen to get them completed A.S.A.P!

I have pinned the Colette Jasmine pattern on my board as I am determined to make  this blouse soon. I toiled and altered the pattern back in the autumn and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the flattering and feminine shape of it but am yet to make my final version for some reason! I plan on making it in both a current season Liberty Tana lawn and a coral silk crepe from Beckford Silks that is also pinned up on my board in amongst the other brightly coloured silk swatches. Beckford Silks is an absolutely fantastic UK silk supplier- their colour range is fantastic and their prices are amazing. You can order swatches online and they also dye silks if you need lots of your own colour for something like bridesmaids dresses. Definitely a website to make a note of if you like to work with silk!

So there you have it- a sneak peep into things that are currently making me tick! Hopefully you should be seeing lots of them brought to life over some upcoming posts! Although given the current temperature here in London at the moment I think I may be better off whipping up a fur coat! Brrrr.

How do you keep track of things that inspire you? Are you into Pinterest or scrap books or do you have things plastered over the walls too?

Thanks for reading!

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Sarah March 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

Your inspiration pics are gorgeous!! Can’t wait to see your version of the Kate Spade coat!

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amelialowden April 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

Ah thanks Sarah! Everything has been a bit delayed by a really long and yukky cold but am hoping to start the jacket soon! :)

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Gail March 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

You have a lot of exciting projects coming up! I’m dying to see your take on that black tipped coat – it’s gorgeous!
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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm

It was love at first sight! So striking isn’t it!

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Ginger March 26, 2013 at 2:47 am

Ooooh, what a fun peek at what inspires you! I love your style, girl! I tend to be a list maker and doodler– I have loose papers everywhere with my ideas scrawled on them. I keep a mood board on Pinterest, but I don’t refer to it very often.
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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Thanks Ginger! Oh my goodness those Deer and Doe patterns are AMAZING! But actually I am going to write the rest of this over on your post incase you don’t see this reply! :)

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Lada March 26, 2013 at 8:47 am

I like your mood board. It really helps to keep organized and focused. I sometimes collect interesting things from nature and get inspired by their colours and textures. Hope you will post your photos of the latest top :-)Lada

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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

That’s such a nice thing to be inspired by and probably leads to more original design ideas than my process of just coveting and recreating things I see in magazines and the TV! Hehe! I hope maybe I am subconsciously inspired by other things! :)

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Victoria Callas March 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Oh, my inspiration is scattered in too many places: random folders on my pc, on Pinterest, in my notebook, in a binder… There’s no wonder that my inspiration is so scattered itself nowadays, haha. That’s why I totally congratulate you on making such a nice mood board, it’s so…inspiring.

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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Aw thanks Victoria! Mine is the same, I have soo many images saved on my computer and some stuff pinned (altho I’m pretty new to pinterest but do really like it!) and then more stuff in folders… eek! I have put this down to just being part of the whole sewing bug! Addictive in so many areas! :)

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Tugba March 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

Gorgeous and very inspiring indeed! I tend to save things on my computer, which is awful as I don’t get to see them unless I consciously go looking for it. I much prefer hard copies of things! x
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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Oh me too! This is just a fraction of all the things saved haphazardly on my poor overfilled computer! Hehe! :)

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Krista March 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

LOVE everything you’ve posted here! Your inspiration is so much more organized than mine, but we have so much source material in common! I second the comments about Pretty Little Liars. In fact, I’ve been streaming season one on netflix to have on in the background and find myself as hooked as when I first watched it. Help me! Hehehe. Can’t wait to see the Kate Spade trench. To. Die. For. I have a feeling I am going to covet everything you make this season. Thanks for the sneak peak! :)

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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Thanks Krista!- oh my goodness it is soo addictive isn’t it! I think I would get too distracted by it if I had it on in the background! Hehe!
I am sooo keen to start on the trench but everything got a bit delayed by a horrible horrible cold I have been trying to get rid of for a couple of weeks. Its right at the top of my list tho! :)

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Ann Sinclair March 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Fabulous ideas. Love your colour choices and the 60s influences. Looking forward to seeing your Spring wardrobe unfold. Thank you for sharing your inspirations. X

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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Thanks Ann! I never tire of the 60s styles and by the end of the winter I am always so happy to see some colour I go a bit colour mad! Hehe :)

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molly March 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

you have such a lovely blog. i’m very inspired by your approach to sewing. i’m wondering if you have a plan for the execution of your sewing? after all the planning, i have a hard time deciding what to do first. thanks and happy sewing!

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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Aw thank you Molly! That’s the bit I struggle with most too! Usually I am just led by what seems most urgent at that time and/or what I am most inspired to get on with. I find that if I want to complete something for an event like a wedding it helps focus my mind a lot!
I also work on a couple of projects at once occasionally, especially if one is a slow burner like a coat! Also, if something is going to involve a lot of hand stitching I like to get it on the go so I can do the hand work in the evenings on the couch! Oh and if I plan to make more than one version of something I always start with the fabric I am least excited by incase I decide to make any final tweaks to the subsequent version!

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WendyBee March 29, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Like Pinterest (but better, in my estimation), but with full tactile qualities, as well as realistic lighting. And having had a view into your creative process, it makes me all the more intrigued to see what you make next, and next, and next! I am an unabashed fan. I wish I had your youth (and figure) to wear the things you can. But second best is to appreciate what you make and share, and challenge myself to do my best for my age and figure and lifestyle. (I have progressed, or maybe transitioned is a better word, from Hockey Mom to Lacrosse Mom.)

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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Aw thanks Wendy! :) I think one of the greatest benefits of making one’s own clothes is being able to do exactly what you say and do the best for your age, figure and lifestyle, regardless of what they are.
I have just recently started to use pinterest a little too but I’m not sure I’ll ever stop ripping things out of magazines now, it’s an ingrained habit! :)

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Lauren Costello April 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Absolutely love this board! I use pinterest a lot but would definitely love to have mood board like this set up somewhere!

Lauren x
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amelialowden April 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Aw thanks Lauren, I just popped over to your blog and I love it! You have a new follower! :)

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Katy April 10, 2013 at 12:11 am

Such a pretty board! I love the idea of having a tactile board, it’s so much more creative than a pintrest board. I keep my ideas in a book, but having a board up is far more exciting :) Wow, I totally love this version, definitely not meh! By the way, I just wanted to say that I’ve given you a Liebster Award as I love your blog! You may well have it already, but I couldn’t see it anywhere :)I’ve written some questions on my blog if you fancy answering them, and then passing the award onto 10 other bloggers. Can’t wait to see what you answer :)

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amelialowden April 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Thanks so much Katy! That’s so nice of you!! I have actually been given this award but have been super super slow at doing a post on it and answering the questions so am going to do one now and answer a combination of all the questions I’ve been asked!
I love your blog!
:)
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Helen April 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Thanks for sharing this! It’s really inspirational and is making me really excited about spring/summer. I use Pinterest to collect images. I much prefer your physical version but I just don’t have the space.

I also have a very similar post about my spring inspiration – and we have a lot in common there! Will be interesting to see how we interpret it!

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amelialowden April 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Aw thanks Helen! I would love to see your post- can you link to it below for me?
I’m so excited for spring/ summer too- altho I am starting to get slightly concerned as to whether we’re getting one in the UK hehe! X
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ClaireE April 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Hi, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster award. If you would like to accept it, and there is no pressure to, please answer the questions on my blog: http://iwanttobeaturtle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/a-pleasant-surprise.html

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amelialowden May 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Ahh thank you sooo much for this Claire! I am so sorry for the really rude delay in posting about it! Am on it now! :)
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