Animal prints are probably the least frequent print in my closet. On paper, I wouldn’t necessarily label myself as an animal print person. However, I think they are a great alternative to neutrals, and when worn correctly make any outfit look just a little bit chic-er. My leopard print scarf is one of the most frequently worn scarf every winter.
I am a sucker for plaids and ginghams. I think it’t the country girl in me. I generally prefer them in primary colors for a more rustic look. Plaids look great in a multitude of fabrics – flannels, cottons, wools… so versatile! These are another print that can be treated as a neutral when done correctly… then again, I might say that for each one.
I love the look of block prints. I would love to try and experiment with it myself one day. I like the by hand, geometric look and feel of them. I think they add a fun pop to housewares and upholstery, and they give garments a fresh, modern edge.
Hand stamped prints are along the same lines as block printing, but I wanted to get a little more specific here. Although I have experimented a little on my own with carving stamps and printing fabric with them, I’d like to explore it a little more. I am fascinated with the whole process of hand printing and dyeing fabric… I would definitely like to incorporate more of it into my wardrobe.
Expanding again on the last subject, I love the idea of fabric as a canvas. There are some beautiful ready-to-buy prints out there with a painterly look, but this is another that I would like to experiment with on my own. Does anyone know anything about using watercolor on fabric? I can definitely see myself taking classes on fabric painting techniques in the future. Just writing this post is making me feel like I should have majored in textile design!!
I just had to end with the novelty print. Make no mistake, I’m a classy girl… but not so classy that I don’t jump at the idea of chicken printed fabric (hence my splurge purchase of this silk top by WHiT). Novelty fabrics add color and fun to any wardrobe, and they remind me not to grow up too much.
Another great segment from this series. I’m not sure whats up next – perhaps that was the last? I know I’ve said it before but I can’t stress how much I’ve loved following along with Wardrobe Architect. I am completely reanalyzing my wardrobe and the image I portray (and the image I’d like to portray). I feel more enthusiastic with my sewing plans now that I’m focused on building a wardrobe of interchangeable items that I will wear every day. This exercise has also re-established my ideals of buying less, making/up-cycling/refashioning more. I would like to be a more conscious consumer, not only asking “who made this?”, “how is it made?”, and “what’s it made out of?”, but more so asking “why am I buying this?” – both when it comes to physical clothing and the fabrics/supplies I sew with. At this point I’m getting a little off topic. Perhaps a whole post on this subject is in order?
Have you been thinking about prints? What are some of your favorites?