When I saw this week's topic I smiled. Probably everyone who likes sewing has been seduced by the power of the unwise print at some time or another. Maybe my Coco dress is a case in point, as a solid or stripe would have been so much more sophisticated...but damn it, I still love this fabric!
What percentage of your favourite, most worn clothing is printed? I don't own a lot of printed clothing, but the few bits I do own are in constant rotation as they brighten everything up.
What are your most beloved styles of prints? My entire life I've loved and been intrigued by ethnic prints, especially African wax and Indian hand-printed woodcut type designs, closely followed by tie-dye and batik.
|Indian print from my refashion pile - going to be a top|
|Pattern detail from one of my favorite handmades - a cotton top refashioned from a dress. This came out of the wash today ripped too much to repair so will be replaced, but you can see how it's kind of, but not obviously, floral.|
Being small in height big prints overwhelm me and I've never worn one larger than this that was successful.
I can only handle animal print on accessories and even then I'm not sure. I feel really uncomfortable wearing something the colour of an actual animal, but I love this scarf (my only bit of animal print) and wear it a lot.
Finally, I've never tried any novelty/conversation prints. I tend not to see them as clothing prints at all (unless we're talking pjs then anything goes of course). But I haven't ruled them out - I'm undecided. It would probably depend on the individual print.
Sarai suggests seeing if any of the prints relate to your style words (mine are practical and relaxed). I think they do? Anyway, if my style words were glamour and glitz, I would be in trouble with these choices!
What prints do you like to wear? Do you suffer with the sewer's curse of choosing inappropriate fabric because you can't bypass a pretty print?
On a completely unrelated topic, have you been watching the Great British Sewing Bee? I love it! It's the only garment sewing show I've ever seen on British TV. There are some really great contestants too. I am in awe of Chinelo - how does she do that pattern drafting where she takes someone's measurements and draws straight on to the fabric and it fits like a dream? I want to learn how to do that!
Happy sewing, 'till next time,