5 Things Inspiring Me Now Part 3

Regular readers will already be familiar with my occasional series called 5 things inspiring me now, but if you’re new around here then, “hi! Nice to meet you, why not stick around, you’ll love it!”  And I hope you enjoy this post 🙂

Anyway, so these posts are mini-collections of stuff that inspires me. Often it’s something that inspires me to use up some fabric from my stash, or it can be an image that inspires me to style something in a different way. I want to keep all of these things together in one place for future reference and by sharing I hope that you feel inspired too.

Today’s post is a tiny bit different to the other two (you can read them here and here) and you’ll see what I mean when you get to number 5 🙂

So let’s get started!

5 Things Inspiring Me Right Now

ONE First off is the idea of large/ voluminous puffed sleeves. It’s a trend that’s been rumbling around for a while and is gathering more momentum for the new season. I’m loving some of the sheer or softer fabric styles because I prefer the look with less structure and more drape…more practical too. I think. These images that I found on Pinterest really appealed to me:

I love the long cuff on this one by Dice Kayek:

Puffed sleeve top by Dice Kayek

This sheer overlay is a wonderful idea:

5 things inspiring me now. Puffed sleeve top

And this is such a cool looking top by Hellessy:

5 things inspiring me now: Hellessy Fall 2016

I have a lovely gauzy scarf that is just crying out to be made into a top with big sleeves. I may even add a deep ribbed cuff on it.

TWO The second on my list is actually an accessory and it’s knee-high boots. I’m a huge fan of the style and love to wear them with culottes in the Autumn and Winter. Again this is a style of boot coming into its own more than ever this year. Many appeared on the runways (ps, don’t forget to look out for my big trends post in a few weeks).

Here are some styles to whet your appetite:

5 things inspiring me now: Ulla Johnson pre fall 2019
Ulla Johnson Snake Print Boots

THREE Next up is leather. I’ve been thinking about leather jackets lately because I have 2 lovely pieces of faux leather and it’s high time I made one of them up. This lovely DVF bomber style has been on one of my Pinterest boards for a long time and it’s calling to me. I have some soft deep red-toned cognac coloured faux leather that could work well.

5 things inspiring me now: DVF Buckley jacket
DVF Bomber Jacket

This one is also gorgeous by Burberry:

5 things inspiring me now. Burberry leather jacket
Burberry Leather Jacket

Would you believe that I’ve never sewn with faux leather before?? Well, Santa bought me some Teflon feet for my sewing machine last Christmas so I have absolutely no excuse now 🙂

FOUR Next is the idea of tops that have a very defined asymmetry. I’ve seen a few images on Pinterest (do you get the feeling that I’m obsessed with Pinterest??) and I’ve been intrigued about the idea of a top that has a stepped effect rather than an angled hemline… like these have:

Asos Asymmetric top:
Asos Blouse

FIVE And finally, something a bit different and instead of an idea, accessory or clothing item I’m going to be featuring someone from the sewing/style community (from blogs or Instagram) that I find inspirational. I’ll be doing this from now on each time I publish one of these posts.

So today I want to introduce you to Karen Dolen AKA @intostitches on Instagram who very kindly agreed to let me use some of her photos.

@intostitches on Instagram

Karen lives in the Seattle area of Washington state in the US, she’s sewn for many years and I’ve followed her for some time now, and I adore her style! She wears floaty long kaftans equally as well as a leather jacket or boyfriend jeans. She tells me that her favourite colours are yellow, green black and cream and she adores making coats and jackets (I do too!).

These first two photos are of the Ziggy jacket by Style Arc which is made with soft faux leather from Stylemaker Fabrics. Look at that quilting and fab lining too…wow! And I just love how she’s styled the jacket over the animal print dress with those tough chunky black boots.

@intostitches lovely yellow moto
@instostitches wearing yellow moto

This next outfit is a recreation of a Pierre Balmain 1960 ‘Afternoon Dress and Coat’ originally made for the Queen of Thailand. She put hours of prep into the initial stages of making the coat and sourced the fabric from Mood. Go and check out more of Karen’s IG posts about the coat to see progress shots.

@intostitches wearing black and white coat

I adore this styling with the casual boyfriend jeans!

@intostitches wearing black and white coat

Thank you for sharing your sewing style with us Karen!

Why not go and give Karen a follow on Instagram and I dare you not to be inspired 🙂

So I hope this post has got your creative juices flowing…just writing it has fired my creativity.

Let me know what you think in the comments and whether you might try some of the ideas yourself. As always, thanks for reading and I’ll catch you soon.

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  1. Vicki
    August 9, 2019 / 10:24 pm

    Diane love this post however it is not displaying it properly. I see photos over text. But from what I can read I’m inspired too.

    • diane
      August 9, 2019 / 10:32 pm

      Hi Vicki, hmm, that’s strange because on both my phone and laptop the post is displaying fine.
      I’m glad you enjoyed what you could of it though! Hopefully, it’s just a glitch on your device.

  2. August 10, 2019 / 11:15 am

    Some really inspirational stuff here. I love that checked coat, but have enough coats as it’s rarely really cold here – sigh! I’m really going to start experimenting with the big sleeves and I adore those asymmetrical tops, but most of all I can’t wait to see your scarf refashion!

    • diane
      August 10, 2019 / 11:38 am

      Glad you enjoyed my post, Sue, thanks! Isn’t that scarf fabric fab? I think I might be bumping that project to the front of my sewing cue.

  3. August 10, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    Dear Diane,

    Thank you for this post; I’m definitely inspired. There are so many things things in here that feels as if I made the choices myself: First, I have an affinity to asymmetrical styles; and I smile when I see your Pinterest pins because I saved a few of them myself. As well, I’m swooning over that fabric, the boots and the sheer sleeves overlay. Like you; Karen’s got a beautiful sense of style. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend.

    • diane
      August 10, 2019 / 5:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Andrea 🙂 What a lovely coincidence that we have similar tastes! I’m glad you feel inspired. You have a great weekend too xx

  4. August 10, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    I’ll be waiting to see what you do with that scarf! I’m so into big sleeves, the only problem is fitting them under my coats:) can’t wait to see what you sew next!

    • diane
      August 10, 2019 / 7:48 pm

      I know how you love your statement sleeves Linda..love ’em and you always look great. I’m really keen to get going with my scarf project now that I’ve written this post and everyone is so enthusiastic for me! Watch this space 🙂

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