Where does your inspiration come from? I was reading Sew Busy Lizzy’s Spring/Summer Plans and I wanted to join in the planning fun. I love making plans; even if I don’t finish every single component. Just having the ideas gives me a thrill. Here is what inspires me along with patterns that I think would translate my inspiration into something that is my style.

You’ve seen this dress! I wanted to show you how my head reads this dress. It’s okay if you see sailor dress. I see it, too. I love the sailor look.

Fabric I used: Both red and navy are a linen/cotton blend.

Now, let me show you how my brain is working on future projects.

Star Trek fans, unite! For me, it’s The Next Generation, or TNG, for the uninitiated. This particular dress that Counselor Deanna Troi used in season 1 only, is a call back to 60’s Trek and lasted only that singular season. I’m not super fond of the skant but it does inspire me to make one of Colette’s Macaron dresses that everyone seems to love so much.

Fabric: I know I want to go for the black on the upper part of the bodice and the blue for the majority of the dress (don’t know what’s wrong with the coloring on the Troi pic on the left). Any suggestions for weave/weight of fabric? I want to wear it this Winter so something a little heavier but not too much. My first inclination is a wool twill. But maybe a double knit? I should go hunting to see if how the Macaron looks in a double knit.

I saw this bebe Leatherette Inset dress online and was immediately reminded of the Burda pattern that came out a couple of months ago. I’ve been eager to play with it but that meant I had to work on doing an FBA on it and my brain shut down production on that one fast. I think I’m ready for it again.

Fabric: I’m going faux leather in black, most likely, along with the black suiting of mystery that I bought 2 years ago. I bought a bolt of it and I love it but I can’t remember what it is. I’m eager to work with leather/faux leather for the simple reason that my new machine, named Max (a Juki industrial who tweets by the way) can handle it.

Marie Camargo was a famous ballet dancer. She was the one who started wearing a shorter skirt so you could see her amazing (for the time) footwork. She also started wearing ballet slippers instead of heels. Big change. I don’t know which way I get inspired more…from the 50’s strapless party dress from Gertie’s new book or from the dresses that were worn in the early days of ballet. As an aside, I studied modern dance, not ballet, and while ballet never really interested me performance wise, I still love seeing it performed for me.

Fabric: I’ve already started cutting out a butterfly print in a poly chiffon. I also have a petticoat that I need to finish that will go under this dress.

Where does your inspiration come from? Do you start with images? Do you fondle your fabric? Do you enjoy hiking and are struck with ideas? Tell me!