It is no secret that those of us who sew often get inspiration from Ready To Wear. When select catalogs come in the mail, I love to look at them just to see what ideas I can find which may apply to one of my planned projects. The same goes for online ads which pop up in all kinds of situations. The sources of inspiration are practically endless, but every once in a while, I find a bonanza of ideas all bunched together.
Such was the case with the Gorsuch catalog which recently arrived.
Getaway 2020 should be renamed Stay at Home and Sew, Sew, Sew! Shirtwaist dresses are much on my mind right now as I am currently working on a wool challis rendition of that classic style. I have plans for more versions of this timeless dress in silk and cotton. So imagine my delight when I turned the page in the catalog and saw this stunner:
My gingham shirtwaist dress is going to be in pink silk.
And although it will be a few months until I get to it, I had already been pondering what to do for a belt/sash. I didn’t really want one to match the dress. Well . . . the wide grosgrain belt in white pictured in the catalog is just the look I know I want. Would I have thought of this myself? Probably not. So hooray for RTW ideas.
I didn’t have to turn more than a few pages in the same catalog, and I came across this dress:
The all-over floral design reminded me of a piece of cotton I purchased from Mendel Goldberg a couple of years ago.
I bought this fabric thinking I would make a shirtwaist dress, but I couldn’t quite make it work in my mind. I thought I would like to emphasize the purple/deep lavender in it, although other colors are more dominant. I even found lavender buttons, but then thought they may be washed out by the other colors. But – seeing this dress being so effective with a grosgrain belt (again!) in a very non-dominant color, has given me all the confidence I need to take this future dress in the original direction I envisioned.
Among my many clippings from catalogs and magazines are some I keep in a separate “pile” in my sewing room. They are separate because I love the ideas in them so much, I want them to be ever present in my presence! This blouse featured in a J. McLaughlin catalog last year is just such an idea.
And while I could wear gingham checks forever and ever, I plan to make a copy of this blouse in a grass green windowpane check cotton I found at Farmhouse Fabrics. I may even make a pair of linen pants to wear with it, but we’ll see. (Pants are my least favorite item to make.)
And then there is this inspiration from the online presence of Halsbrook:
Remember this dress. It is going to be copied….