Ebony and Ivory

Black Guipure Lace and Ivory Eyelet
  • No longer are we bound by the cultural restrictions as to what time of the year or to what events, certain colors must be worn. 
  • For example: not wearing white after Labor Day or before Memorial Day
  • Another example: wearing black to funerals; not weddings
  • We had these rules of society known as sumptuary laws but they are no longer valid in our post-modern world. So the beautiful fabrics in black and white combinations shown at Sew Much Fabric will meet all your needs in creating beautiful modern garments.

Casual Days and Nights

Ecru/Black Palm Leaves Rayon Crepe will transition you into fall made as a sassy maxi dress!  Pattern-Burda Style 04/2017 #122

Making an unlined coat in black and white will work for early fall and early spring. Use Ivory/Black Abstract Oval Stretch Cotton (Sold Out) and Butterick 6491.  

Workhorse fabrics-

 Fabrics that sew up well for professional, trendy looks!

Black and white in reversible graphic prints like dots, stripes or squares gives a very professional look at the office.  Pattern- Butterick 6316.


After the work day or on the weekends it’s time for a little fun!  A classic black and white pantsuit will just about cover any causal or work related event.  Use Black/White Double Faced Suiting with Vogue 1560.

For more formal events, a slip dress in an Ivory/Black Pinstripe Stretch Silk Charmeuse (Sold Out) will work for the holidays and a spring wedding.

Whatever your wardrobe needs are, remember that black and white combinations are versatile and timeless.  Head over to Sew Much Fabric to see the black and white and black and cream fabrics!

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

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