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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!