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Planning your collection pieces – Sew ‘n Style series

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It’s week 3 of the Sew ‘n Style series!!  Are you getting excited to see what our bloggers have come up with?!  I am and we’re only one week away!!  This has been so fun and I can’t wait to show you the little mini collection I put together for my daughters wardrobe :)
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Sourcing Fabrics and Patterns – Sew ‘n Style Series

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It’s almost Friday!!  Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and/or Instagram with #sewnstylelilluxeseries  There will be a Special Giveaway Tomorrow!  One winner from Facebook (you must also be a member of our group page – there is a designated photo album for the Sew ‘n Style series) and one winner from Instagram will receive two Lil Luxe Collection patterns of their choice.  This can be used towards current patterns or you can wait for the new Fall into Winter collection coming soon!
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Building a Color Story – Sew ‘n Style Series

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We’re back with week 2 of the Sew ‘n Style series.  This week we’ll be talking about building a color story (solids and prints), fabric shopping and patterns for your mini collection.  Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and/or Instagram with #sewnstylelilluxeseries  There will be a Special Giveaway on Friday!  One winner from Facebook (you must also be a member of our group page – there is a designated photo album for the Sew ‘n Style series) and one winner from Instagram will receive two Lil Luxe Collection patterns of their choice.  This can be used towards current patterns or you can wait for the new Fall into Winter collection coming soon!
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Creating a theme – Sew ‘n Style Series

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Week one, day two! Today’s topic is Creating a theme.  This could possibly be the most important step.  I create different boards on Pinterest for elements I like such as collars, pockets, sleeves, color, fashion, creative details, etc. I’ll then create an inspiration or mood board for the current design or collection I’m working on … but you won’t find these because they’re secret 😉 Within each board I have images that inspire me whether it’s architecture, textures, colors, style lines, organic elements (flowers, trees), photography, etc.  From here I’ll take screen shots and open up every picture on desk top separately to create a sort of collage.  Then i’ll take one big screenshot of my “screen collage” and delete all the other images (a cluttered desktop really bothers me, lol).  Next, i’ll print this picture, in color and pin to my wall for inspiration.  I’ll also take it shopping with me too.  Sometimes I get deterred or sidetracked from my original thoughts but creating this collage or theme board will reel me back in and keep me focused…and this is why creating a theme is so important.  A theme or mood board serves as a jumping off point but keeps you anchored.  Not to mention at the end of the series, prizes will be award for MOST COHESIVE AND FAVORITE THEME so don’t miss this step!
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Exploring shapes, silhouettes – Sew ‘n Style Series

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Have you been dreaming about your mini collection like I have?!  When I get an idea in my head I have to write/sketch it down…not only because I’ll forget but also because I won’t sleep until I’ve taken it out of my head.  Usually it’s just a basic sketch. I could show you my original sketches but you would laugh so here is a nicer version.  What I did was google a fashion illustration and then print it out.  I then layer a piece of trace paper over and begin sketching my garment idea over the illustration…I can’t draw people, never been able to so the faces, legs, and arms are the only party I copy.  Bet I fooled you into thinking I could actually draw this well!!  I’m halfway there…as with anything I’m sure i’ll and you will get better at drawing with practice!
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Sew ‘N Style a girls wardrobe series

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Fashion and Architecture: Fluid Interfaces

You may or may not know that my background and training is in Art, Interior Design and Architecture, not Fashion.  Midway though my Graduate degree in Architecture I took a course entitled Fashion and Architecture: Fluid Interfaces.  I had found a course that merged by love for Architecture and passion for sewing.  I’ve been sewing since I was about 10 but it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first daughter 6 years ago that I really started putting my sewing to the challenge.  Fast forward 4.5 years later and I’m “architecting” clothes NOT buildings?!?!  Definitely not the life I imagined when I was going to school to be an Architect but as it turns out designing clothes and designing buildings conceptually aren’t so different.  I’ve applied the drafting and knowledge I acquired in school and fine tuned my art and passion for sewing to create Lil Luxe Collection.
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