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How to get sewing inspiration online – Part 2

In Part 1 we checked out what other sewists were doing, now why not look a little wider for colour palette inspiration?

Flickr by colour

MultiColr Search Labs is a genius site that lets you search Flickr by colourscheme. Just drag up to 5 colours onto the palette and it will come up with a gorgeous mosaic of coordinating photos.

Above you can see what it came up with when I searched for pink, red, orange and turquoise.

Colour lovers

If even coming up with a colour scheme is beyond your blocked brain, another great site for colour and pattern inspiration is colourlovers.

It’s a site where people upload their colour schemes and patterns, with over a million palettes uploaded and rated by viewers. I love thought provoking, which would be a great palette for my winter wardrobe.

Design Seeds

Another great site for fashion inspiration is Design Seeds. I love just browsing through and picking up ideas.

See, even a slice of pie can inspire a new frock!

Once I’ve got a few colours in mind, I start to look through patterns and think about what would work.

Where do you get your colour palette inspiration?

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How to get sewing inspiration online – Part 1

Welcome to the first part in this three part series on sewing inspiration. There’s a huge variety of geeky tools out there to help you get out of a rut, from seeing what other sewists are up to, to sourcing colour palette ideas, to software that helps you keep all your ideas organised.

Whenever I’m stuck for inspiration, I like to start by checking out what my fellow seamstresses are up to.

My Google Reader is packed with crafty blogs, and I check in daily. My current top three blogs for inspiration are:

Colette Patterns Coletterie blog, especially the tips & tricks pages, which give me ideas for alterations to patterns (check out these scallops!)

Tasia’s Sewaholic. That girl is always making something gorgeous!

The Sew Weekly is an awesome site that’s updated super-frequently. Plus it has weekly challenges which help to get the old grey matter whirring.

Just surfing around Flickr can help you come up with some great ideas. I also like to look at groups like Colette Patterns, Japanese Sewing and Vogue Sewing Patterns if I’m trying to decide which pattern to buy next, or what to do with a pattern I’ve already got.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can store beautiful images you find around the web. I could browse round this site all day!

I use Pinterest to store my own sewing inspirations, but I also love looking at others’ boards on sewing and fashion (and repinning things I fancy). I adore Marta McCall’s 50s Chic and Thrift Store Refashion boards. Flossie teacakes, Jill Helen and RayMakesDo are some other fabulous sewing Pinners.

Next I’ll be looking at colour palette and pattern inspiration for when you’ve got a pattern in mind but just don’t know what to do with it.

Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have any handy sites that fire up your imagination?

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