I love to think about and plan clothes for my ED. Last spring I was picking up lunch downtown when I saw some dresses in a shop window that just cried out to be made for Yren. After lunch I hurried back with the office camera and took pictures of them (can you see my reflection?) I was thinking the soutache braid trim on this one could be mimicked by chain stich embroidery on the bodice.
Another thing I love to do is go through the sewing catalogs for Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity and McCalls, and when they're on sale for 99 cents then all the patterns I like come home with me. It's easier for me to create the ED-size pattern pieces if I have the full-size ones handy to refer to.
This Hilary Duff pattern has me thinking that Yren would look very cute in leggings and a mini-dress. It doesn't include a pattern for leggings, but I just happen to have several in my stash already.
And then of course, there's the fashion magazines! So far Elle is my favorite for mining ED clothes ideas. I have a notebook stuffed with them!
As you can probably guess, I don't design clothes, I just translate them from human size to doll size. But in the process, usually some changes occur, and after making something once, then I get ideas about how I could make it differently the second time.
So far one single theme has not emerged for Yren's wardrobe. It's going to be a mixture, I think, of modern pieces like the mini-dress, historical costumes, and ethnic regalia. But once Yren comes home to me, we might find ourselves drawn to a particular style for her.