I find Ottobre inspiring - the combination of fabrics (type, print/plain, colour(s), direction/placement of grain), finishing touches (top stitching, screenprints/embellishments, raw edges) and extra design features like pockets, belt loops, knee patches, yokes, etc all get the cogs in my strained brain turning.
I mix & match a lot of embellishment ideas, depending on what I have on hand and what I am inspired to do. When choosing the pattern I pay attention to things like the yoke (if there is one), type of waist band (e.g. elastic v zip), pockets etc - if I'm in a rush I go simple, if I'm up for the challenge I'm all on for all the fiddly stuff and extra pieces. I'm not afraid to mix & match ideas from different patterns. There are some patterns I've made numerous times, generally because I'm too lazy to re-trace more pieces, otherwise I try a new pattern, as it forces me to learn new techniques etc.
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Small and Large pocket patterns available, for a small donation to Unicef. DIY kits also available for $5 each with free pattern. PM or email me for more info...