Yesterday, we asked you for a few of your favorite kinds of prints for making clothing. Today, we’re sharing some of our personal favorites.
Here are a few of our favorite prints.
Premier Prints ZigZag Village Blue/Natural, vintage silk with crosses and dots from my collection,
Premier Prints Oxygen Dots Black/White, vintage floral silk from my collection, floral from Mood Fabrics
I tend to like geometric shapes such as chevrons and polka dots, but I also like vintage florals in a big way. For garment sewing, I really like florals with plenty of negative space, which are so hard to find these days. I also like very abstract florals. Think 60s flowers, or art deco designs. In fact, art deco designs are the ideal merging of geometics, soft gorgeous colors, and abstract florals.
I am really drawn toward pretty feedsack prints from the 1930s. They come in calico or squiggles or geometric shapes and in a variety of colors you don’t normally see today. I just think they are so cute and would make perfect summer tank tops. One of my favorite type of prints are those beautiful watercolor flowers from the 1950s. Especially in blue! I have yet to find a substantial amount of a blue watercolor rose fabric, but when I do, I’m going to make a short-sleeved Peony dress with it.
Ikat designs are another favorite. I love the blurred aspect of ikat and how different cultures use it. While ikat is usually woven, it can also be a printed design. Some florals have an ikat look, and I love those too! Perhaps it is part of the visual stimulation of looking at a blurred design that’s so interesting. As far as color goes, I prefer muted instead of bold. Grays and blues are my current favorites, perhaps because they are calm. That’s not to say I don’t love a good bright print!