Created by: Cristy Stuhldreher of Love You Sew
Spring is finally here! With the change in weather, our lives seem to always be prompted to do some "spring cleaning." We can put all the bulky coats and thick, heavy layers away to bring back the light jackets, airy tops and flowy dresses. It's a great time to evaluate what still fits, what works with your current life needs, and what is still in style (or not.)
We all tend to have a few holes in our wardrobes from season to season, especially as new trends emerge from the Spring/Summer 2018 runways. Today we'll be highlighting some of our favorite silhouettes, substrates, color trends and pattern trends for the season that you can easily incorporate into your next DIY fashion garment!
Denim + Pineapples + Midi Length
We love denim and we love pineapples...and then Telio combined them to make this amazing Denim Stretch Chambray Shirting! Dark denim has been all over the runways lately. The layering of dark along with lighter denim pieces has been on-trend since the fall and will definitely continue into the spring and summer.
This Highlands Dress by Allie Olsen was a perfect dress choice to combine with the fabric, and the midi length is another great seasonal trend! The extra stretch helps move with such a slim silhouette. The classic wrap dress has the addition of an elastic casing in the back for shaping and hidden buttons to make sure everything is secure. This dress would look great with a lighter denim jacket over top or maybe a lightweight scarf made with Robert Kaufman Quotes Chambray Yarn Dyed Hash Dot in Slate.
Fruit makes for some great novelty apparel looks, but pineapples have been a lasting trend. In home decor, you see gold plated and solid colored ceramic versions everywhere, and these pineapples on denim give you the same chic vibe. The small scale prints are fun but not at all overwhelming. So, you can trust this is print that can last for some time!
For other denim and pineapple fabric ideas, check out:
- Telio Rayo Denim Stripe Dark Blue- This would feel so soft and amazing as a dress or as culottes
- Robert Kaufman Chambray Boulevard Prints Indigo Pineapple - Great lightweight choice in a subdued gray colorway
- Art Gallery Charleston Ananas Powder - Another subtle pineapple print but on an off-white background.
60's Large Scale Florals + Asymmetrical Necklines
The floral trend is never a surprise for spring clothing. This look always bring feminity to the forefront and is perfect for soft flowy dresses. However, the Spring/Summer runways are showing a nod to more dramatic color and the larger scale buds from the 60s.
This Art Gallery Skopelos Voile Nisi Flora Oceanon is a great example of that look, but with the deep navy backdrop this floral looks very modern. This lightweight fine woven was a great choice to pair with New Look 6507's asymmetrical flounce. It allows such beautiful drape and breathability! The movement of the flounce is so fun and perfect for your next outdoor cocktail party.
For more Floral inspiration, check out these fabrics:
- Telio Digital Linen Silk Voile Floral - With a linen and silk blend, this would be a great for a special occasion
- Stretch Poplin Floral Black/Flamingo - Gorgeous deep pink floral on a sophisticated black background
- Liberty Tana Lawn Flora Symphony - Fun pops of pink and green for the season
So long Millenial Pink! A new color is making its way onto the scene and it's the soft pastel hue of lavender. As a possible alternative to Pantone's Color of the Year, Ultra-Violet, lavender has been all over the runways. We've already seen a lot of hair and make-up in this color, so it only makes sense that it make it over to our clothing.
You may not initially be enthralled with lavender and that's okay. It's easy to see how the color on a garment could throw you back to the 1950's. But you don't need to wear it all over to look stylish. This Cotton and Steel From Porto with Love Rayon Challis in Snack Time Lavender was a great compromise. While the background is a deeper blue-ish lavender, the cream storks balance out the color and adds some modern whimsy.
You can experiment with more pink undertones to the more blue undertones of lilac to see what goes with your personal style. If you want to use lavender as a solid, selecting a more modern sewing pattern and silhouette will help you from feeling dated.
The luxurious feel of rayon challis makes a great combination with the Sylvie dress by Christine Haynes. The waist has a great tailored shape and the gathered skirt allows the fabric to move well and swing. An invisible zipper keeps the back nice and clean. This is a great dress for all the baby and bridal showers and even an afternoon wedding.
For more Lavender options, see these fabrics:
- Robert Kaufman Fineline Twill - Great mauve toned lavender which would be great for shorts, capris or more structured skirts.
- Anna Maria Horner Loominous Illuminated Graph in Plum - Textured woven with metallic thread for a special garment
- Cotton Seersucker Stripe in Lavender/White - Classic summer fabric in this season's must have color - a perfect pairing!
Have fun refreshing your wardrobe this spring with some fun, trendy DIYs!