Nicole's Favorite Sewing Inspiration Websites

 

 

In honor of the feature in the summer issue of Stitch on the huge impact of the web on the contemporary sewing world (Connected! Sewing in a Digital World by Elaine Lipson, Stitch Summer 2011), we are featuring a blog series in which Stitch editors and designers list their favorite websites for sewing inspiration.

In case you missed them, check out the lists by Tricia Waddell and contributor Ayumi Takahashi. This week is my turn, and boy was it difficult to only name five. My Google Reader is overloaded each morning with inspiration from around the web, and I enjoy every bit of it. 

Here are five websites that are among my favorite bookmarks:

Pinterest – This website is fairly new, but it's already teeming with inspiration for everything from sewing ideas and hairstyles to decor and wardrobe photos. You create your own inspiration boards by "pinning" photos from around the web, and you can connect with others to see their inspirations as well and even pin their photos to your boards.

Colour Lovers – This website is a wealth of color inspiration that can help spark ideas for quilts, ensembles, home accessories, and more.

A Dress a Day – This charming blog is written by Erin McKean, and features a dress (or sewing inspiration) photo every day. Sometimes the photos are of vintage patterns, ready-to-wear items, or even creations by Erin herself. 

BurdaStyle – BurdaStyle's website has become a hub of fashion-sewing activity with a great blog, downloadable patterns, and a community that is eager to share in the love of sewing.

Fashion-Incubator – Written by Kathleen Fasanella, this is one blog I learn from constantly. She covers fitting issues, design conundrums, and presents pattern-making challenges to her readers. 

What are your favorite websites for sewing inspiration? Tell us about them in the comments!

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About Nicole Smith

Hello!

My name is Nicole and I am a contributing editor for Stitch Magazine. I'm originally from Texas but now live in Brooklyn, NY where I try to squeeze my fabric collection and my six sewing machines into a Flatbush apartment.

Previously I was the Lead Editor of SewStylish magazine and Associate Editor of Threads magazine. I was also the Crafts & Decorating editor of Adorn Magazine and worked in the fashion and beauty departments of Teen People and Seventeen Magazine.

My second book, Dorm Decor (Chronicle Books) with Theresa Gonzalez, is available now. My first book entitled Fashion DIY (Sixth & Spring Books), which I co-authored with Carrie Blaydes, is also available now. I'm currently working on my third title to be published by Lark Books in 2012.

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