In honor of the fascinating feature story in our just released summer issue 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 kicking off a series of blog posts in which Stitch editors and designers list their personal top 5 websites for sewing inspiration. I'm first up to bat!
So as many of you know, we often list sewing-related websites in the magazine, chosen for their useful information, inspiration, and broad appeal (check out our roundup of Stitch recommended sites here). But my personal go-to list are not sewing blogs or how-to sites, but instead sites that showcase the best of contemporary fashion and interiors with a European edge. I get so many ideas from these sites for creative details I can add to my own projects, inspiring color combinations, bold design ideas, and hot trends that eventually wind up in Stitch. I like to look at blogs and sites that push me out of my design comfort zone and encourage me to experiment more with my sewing and design projects.
So here are my personal top 5 sites for sewing inspiration:
Pattern Observer – Focusing on textile design trends, I check this visual blog almost daily for inspiring fabric, pattern, texture, and color combinations found in the latest fashions and interior products.
Trendland – This fashion and trend blog showcases cutting edge design. I subscribe to the free daily email newsletter for the best sampling of what's new and uber-cool in fashion, art, and design.
Bloesem – I love this site for its inspiring mix of contemporary interior design and home accessories, up and coming designers, and stylish handcrafted items.
Coco + Kelley – Featuring a well-curated mood board feel, this site is great for color inspiration, trends, and design ideas for home, fashion, and entertaining, and all around great style.
Emmas Designblogg – Showcasing the best of Scandinavian style, this interior design blog features beautiful rooms and home textiles that are simple, stylish, and modern (if only my real life looked this good!).
Tell me what your favorite sewing inspiration sites are in the comments. I'd love to check them out!