|Have pattern, will travel|
I get inspired by a lot of different "stages" of a project. Sometimes what sets me off are the basics--the bones of the story or the garment. For this gown it was all about the construction. I knew exactly what I wanted the basic drape and shape of the gown to be. This is kind of like when you get an idea that's all about storyline--you already know the plot before you sit down to write. Honestly, this kind of project can be a lot easier to tackle, because the hard questions are answered--what do I do first? What do I do after that?
|Mostly this happened because I loved the fabric--|
yummy deep blue silk
|Favorite halter pattern |
(1940s Butterick Retro)
And um, that same fabric.
Finally, there's the concept start--usually a start that begins with the answer to the question "What if?" The only "big concept" writing project I've ever worked on started this way, and the gown I want to start did, too. "What if" I turned my favorite backless halter dress pattern into a column dress with a back? We'll see--I'm going to start playing with a muslin today. And "what if" this were a writing project? I'd start writing down ideas and getting a basic plot on paper.
You can't start truly constructing anything sewn until you have the basics--either a pattern or with the idea for your draping or drafting of your own pattern. You can't start sewing by adding accessories. Stories--well, stories can meander for a while without a set plan. Eventually, however, they need to settle down and find a path to follow.
There's no right place, I think, to find inspiration for a project--no one reason to begin that makes sense or doesn't. There are different challenges in each, of course, but isn't that half the fun?
What part of a new project do you usually springboard off of?