Hi everyone, I'm Sarai, sewing writer and pattern designer for Colette Patterns. In honor of the release of my brand new book, The Colette Sewing Handbook, I thought I'd share a few of my all-time favorite textile prints for making clothes.
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In the chapter on fabric in my book, I go over a range of different types of prints and patterns, from florals to stripes. For me, there are a few types of prints that I always fall in love with at the fabric store.
Ikat is a style of fabric weaving used throughout the world. Traditional ikat fabrics can be found in diverse cultures, from Japan to Guatemala. The graphic patterns are often produced in rich colors, and the resulting designs work so beautifully for everything from clothing to decor.
To me, stripes are the perfect print for layering. I love mixing stripes with dots, stripes with florals, stripes with more stripes! But the best thing about using stripes in sewing is the ability to make really interesting design changes, just by changing the direction of cutting. You can make a dress with a vertically striped bodice and horizontally striped skirt, for example. Or add a panel of diagonal stripes. They are so much fun to play with.
And speaking of dots, polka dots are another perennial favorite on my sewing table. Black on white dots have always been my favorite, but just about any dot is irresistible to me. They're just fun and playful.
Printed chevron fabrics are fun to work with, like stripes but a little more eye-catching. I use them sparingly in clothing since they can be a bit dizzying, but when they work they really work.
There's something so classic about a rose print. Being from the city of roses, I admit to being partial to this particular flower.