Free Stuff Friday: Win The Fashion Sketchpad!

Fashion illustration is not just for high-end haute couture designers. Learning how to sketch clothing allows you to brainstorm and get your ideas on paper before starting a new project. You don’t have to be an artist to sketch–there’s a great two-part sketching tutorial in the Feb/March and upcoming April/May issues of Sew News that really simplifies the process.

Checking out the latest pattern recommendations for your body type is a great way to get started. And to further help you on your sketching quest, today we’re giving away the awesome Fashion Sketchpad from Chronicle Books. It features 420 figure templates in 20 different poses, so you can sketch to your heart’s content!

sketchpad Free Stuff Friday: Win The Fashion Sketchpad!

For your chance to win, simply answer the question: Where do you find sewing inspiration? Enter your answer in the Comments section below by Monday afternoon when we’ll announce the winner. Good luck!

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94 Responses to Free Stuff Friday: Win The Fashion Sketchpad!

  1. Diana J says:

    It starts with a fabric that catches my eye. Sometimes, it already knows what it wants to be. I also get inspiration from watching people in their clothes, from magazines and even from ready to wear. And sometimes, there are just clothes missing from my wardrobe that need to be made to suit my body (for example, pants. I need them so I make them to suit me).

  2. Joy says:

    …sewing magazines, samples in my favorite fabric shops, pictures posted on Facebook . .. . .

  3. Sarah McKinney says:

    I find my inspiration from many places. Magazines, sewing blogs fabric, pattern books, and stores. I like creating things to look my way and not the mass produced. There are many ways to get inspiration sometimes it can come from nature sometimes from need.

  4. Christian Chandler says:

    I find inspiration, from people watching, inStyle magazine, Sew News, Vogue Patterns, and just what I see in stores and what flatters me.

  5. Janet says:

    Inspiration for me comes from the colors and shapes around me. I love wandering through fabric stores (I have to touch all the fabric). Just taking a walk through the park will spark an idea for a quilt or other project. All I have to do is open my mind and see the color and textures that surround me.

  6. Kaye says:

    Grandchildren are my inspiration whether it’s blankets, capes clothes and it is usually last minute rush to get things done

  7. Michelle L. says:

    I find inspiration in magazines and pattern catalogs and onlne. I sometimes think there is too much available to inspire. I have way more ideas than time!

  8. Rina says:

    I got my inspiration from my surroundings and everything I have seen such as magazines, television, websites, how people dress up, malls, diy projects, fabric remnants or scraps, anything that is eye-catching.

  9. Claudia says:

    My sewing inspiration comes to me while I am looking at the variety of patterns that are available. When I see a pattern that is pleasing to my eye, I buy it and then go from there. It might take a few years by the time I get to that particular pattern with all the other projects that I have in the works.
    I am currently making a jacket and slacks outfit with cobalt blue satin fabric. I’m going to trim the collar and cuffs of the jacket with tiny gems that are set in black . This will be the first really nice outfit that I’ve had in a very long time.

  10. Robyn says:

    I find my inspiration from magazines, books, blogs and craft markets. I am also captivated by the smell, sight and feel of fabric.

  11. TheresaL says:

    I get my inspiration from looking at patterns and other people’s work.

  12. Linda T says:

    I find inspiration in the past and from other designers. I have two inspiration boards with pictures from fashion magazines to help keep my creative juices flowing.

  13. My inspiration comes from my own, I think and see things, magizines. sewing blogs. I always think of new ideals.Then try to put it together.

  14. amy says:

    From fabrics at the fabric store, all of the amazing sewing books on the market and of COURSE Sew News magazine!!!!!

  15. Alice-Ann Ferderber says:

    Well, gee gosh golly, I get a lot of my inspiration from Sew News. And of course Threads. Since I am a weaver Handwoven ranks right up there too! Thanks for the contest and the magazine – all sources of inspiration are welcome.

  16. Laura says:

    My sewing inspiration comes from several sources. My 4-H kids are a huge inspiration. They always amaze me with their abilities. Just wandering through any fabric store, I can find inspiration. Connecting with my sewing friends is always inspiring. Though, right now, I can hardly wait for the Puyallup Sewing Expo next week. Now, I know I will find a lot of inspiration there.

  17. Mary Beth says:

    I find inspirations from my daughters who sometimes pick the wackiest fabrics. Being challenged to make something out of their ideas always inspires me to think ouside the box.

  18. Jacquelyn Mckee says:

    My inspirations comes from learning from others, reading books and magazines and taking home sewing courses, and doing different projects on my own. My next thing I would love to do is be able to sketch my own designs.

  19. Dianna says:

    I get inspiration from fabric stores. All the beauty in the textiles let’s my imagination flow with ideas. I also love looking through magazines and classic movies to get inspired, as well as old photos of my parents I enjoy seeing what they wore in times past. Beauty is all around us!

  20. Michelle says:

    I find a lot of my insipiration from the women in my family. There stories of ‘times gone by’ and their clothes from those days makes me want to sew.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Living near a State Park gives me plenty of inspiration, nature has always been a spark for inspiring ideas. Also watching children draw and collecting my grandchildrens creations send ideas spinning. Magazines and pictures also are sources for ideas.

  22. Mitch J says:

    I find inspiration in the shape of flowers.

  23. Isabelle says:

    I leave in France and I find inspiration on web sites (la bobine, Marie-Claire idées …), also french sewing magazines. But I like international inspirations with different styles, textiles and colors, so I look for models on every languages.

  24. philippa says:

    I get inspiration of course from magazines, sew news, from talking to others and discussing their own projects,.That gives me areal buzz!

  25. angela says:

    I find inspiration almost anywhere. In nature when I go for walks, in magazines, or in fabric design. However I’m more motivated by mood to create something truly inspirational.

  26. Diane says:

    I find inspiration in the spirit of the season and the temperature of the weather. Usually it is a combination of necessity ruled by my budget. Creating with color and fabrics can change your world and make you feel so good and provide a gift to share.

  27. Jacklyn says:

    I get inspiration from magazines, from movies (particularly old classic movies) and from what people are wearing

  28. Cindy says:

    Where don’t I find inspiration?! Although I’ve got a gazillion projects in process (UFOs) or supplies all together & waiting in the wings, my kids and grandkids usually keep me busy with their requests. Although I’m a relative ‘newbie’ to sewing, they all think I can make anything, so I give it a whirl and they’re happy. My friend says I’ve got the ‘golden touch’…everything just always turns out beautifully. I guess that piece of advice a couple years ago to stop ripping and start sewing, only ripping if the flaw jumps in my face a couple days later, is paying off. I love texture & color, so I especially enjoy magazine articles and books about embellishments. My favorite book is The Art of Manipulating Fabric. I would love to make samples of every technique taught in this book so I could readily apply them to my sewing, taking it to another level.

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  30. Trystan Guy says:

    From my children and nieces when they play dress ups – its totally amazing to watch their creative minds at work trying to make my clothes fit them or trying to get sheets and the like to stay on their bodies…they are so thought provoking! I also like the old school styles from black and white movies and enjoy trying to change them slightly to make them more modern…

  31. Amy B says:

    I get inspired when I look in my clothes closet [t is so much fun to update clothing I havent worn in years I call them my vintage clothes

  32. Horacestine says:

    My inspiration comes from all around me. I see things and want to create.

  33. TobyGal says:

    I find my inspiration from old magazines that I pick up at second bookshops.

  34. Ann Bentley says:

    Inspiration comes mainly from catalogs and shopping networks. And I combine that with what I have learned that looks reasonable on me.

  35. Kelly D says:

    My inspiration comes from everywhere, but mostly my girls. From the day they were born they have always inspired to do better, and create more. They are the best inspiration anyone could ask for!

  36. Ann Foresman says:

    As a sewing teacher, my inspiration is in front of my each day. Trips to the fabric store help fine tune what I want to make based on the colors, patterns and textures in stock (and of course, on sale!). Students come to mind as I look over the choices, and before you know it, I have a clear image of the next project.

  37. Ann Foresman says:

    My inspiration comes from the sewing students I work with, and the fabrics available.

  38. Brenda M. says:

    we have group at Quilt n Bea that show new ideas and things we can make with differant ideas for the same pattern.

  39. Susan Caruso says:

    My inspiration comes from sites like sewnews and threads. I also love exploring creative blogs and following all of the links. There are so many talented and creative people. I love having access to their art via the Internet, where I also get inspired.

  40. Amy Sedberry says:

    My inspiration comes from my Apparel students. I love seeing how excited they get when creating something from scratch. I also read a lot of BLOGS and I always find a million things I want to make!

  41. Maydell Wittig says:

    I find my inspriation in sewing magazines ( SewNews, Threads , CME,and Designs for Machine Embroidery and ASG meetings.

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  43. zarish says:

    i like threads because its fun to put the needle in the thread and then sew it.also i like to read magazines about it. i also try to learn sewing

  44. Linda says:

    I get inspirations from nature and how it works in our surroundings. I love it.

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