Here’s a trick I used in college and was always a source of inspiration.
When you’re out shopping – take note of how garments are constructed. Take them into the fitting room and turn them inside out. Take a photo or draw a quick sketch to help you remember.
Take notice of
- how trims are attached
- and how are the ends secured
- what method have they used to finish the hems
- what shape is the draped piece
- what grain has each piece been cut on
- how are the facings being held back
- how is the lining attached
- are these things you could learn to do?
If you wanted to take this a step further, how about finding something from the op shop? An item that’s only cost you a few dollars would be worth unpicking to learn how to do something new. A jacket collar or lining? A front fly zip perhaps?
It’s all problem solving so the more you learn about how things go together, the better you’ll become.
Happy clothes spying!