• The NY fashion week shows are over and many exciting looks came down the runways for fall.  But since we are just about to have SPRING, it might be fun to look at some of the current trends. One of the most energizing trends is textured fabrics. They are being used for work clothes as well as casual and evening.
  • Let’s take a look at a few designers for inspiration.

Textures for Day 

Weekend Glam

                                       Primrose Leno Weave Cotton          Burda Style 03/2017 #116B                                            

The weekend is a time to really have fun with fashion!  This Primrose Leno Weave Cotton (Sold Out) (a Pantone color for spring/summer) in a cold-shoulder blouse is a perfect way to glam up your weekend attire.  

Office Wear  

ZigZag Tweed                                   Vogue 1500

Duplicate this dress from Anne Klein for the office using the textured tweed ZigZag Tweed and Vogue 1500.

Daytime Events

Lapis Blue Floral Eyelet / Silk Charmeuse-Royal Blue      McCalls 7366                          

What to wear to an outdoor wedding, fashion show or an informal brunch with the girls?  Make a jumpsuit using Lapis Blue Floral Eyelet (Sold Out) lined with Royal Blue Silk Charmeuse and McCall’s 7366. 

Textures for Night

Date Night

Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle          Michael Kors            

On those Saturday nights when a plain old t-shirt won’t do, make one in this Reptile Print Stretch Sequin Tulle!  A t-shirt pattern like McCalls 6927 with a center back opening is best.  Pair with Blue Denim (Temporarily Out of Stock) or Graphite Grey Ponte Knit.

Office Events

Black Lace with White Backing                      Vogue  9172  

Updated your classic skirt with a flounce. Use Black Lace with White Backing (Sold Out) and Vogue 9172.  Pair with Ivory Silk Double Georgette and make a beautiful classic blouse.

Formal Soirees 

Smokey Taupe Lace and Sequin Stretch Lace       Vogue 1534

It’s time to “put on the Ritz” when the occasion calls for black tie! A Satin in Smokey Taupe  and coordinating Smokey Taupe Sequin Stretch Lace using Vogue 1534 is just the ticket.

Sewing with textured fabrics can be fun, challenging, and rewarding.  Refer to sewing guides for how to handle lace and other textured fabrics.  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see all the Textured Fabrics. And don’t forget your notions from the web site- threads, buttons, and linings.

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.


  1. Linda
    March 19, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Great ideas and great fabrics.

  2. Roz
    March 22, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Thanks Linda!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *