Wardrobe Planning with Ann: Print Play

Last fall, Ann mentioned that she wanted to make a garment using various printed fabrics.

I loved the idea and thought a blouse would be a great addition to her wardrobe using multiple prints.  Print mixing would also add a lot of visual interest to solid color garments in Ann’s wardrobe.

Mood Board
A picture is worth a thousand words especially when you are combining prints.  I had certain fabrics in mind that would work with Ann’s wardrobe. Serendipity stepped in and I found a blouse similar to the prints that I had in mind!  Tip: If you are considering combining prints, start with a mood board for inspiration.

I selected 2 prints with black as the common color.  And I love geometric prints mixed with florals. I didn’t know that Ann wasn’t partial to polka dots but I’m glad she trusted me.  I love how the inspiration blouse used a solid placket,  collar, and cuffs so those elements were included in the final design.  See all the fabric and notions here.

Ann used Vogue 8772, a pattern that had been previously fitted by Andrea of Sew to Fit.

Because Ann needed to splice the pattern to insert the floral print, a muslin was necessary to check proportions.

The finished measurements for the floral band is 1-1/2″ wide and the black silk placket is 1-1/4″ wide.  Once the dimensions for the bands were decided, the blouse was sewn following the pattern instructions.  (You can watch Ann sew the cuffs here)
Ann did a great job with pattern placement!

The last decision was buttons.  Because the collar and cuffs are white I felt they looked almost like an “island” against all of the black.  The black buttons on the white pulled everything together!


Lace Skirt

Ivory Crinkle Silk Skirt

Red Faux Leather Coat

Classic Trousers

Have you tried print mixing?  Will you make a garment mixing prints for spring?  Let me know in the comments!
And as Ann always says, “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.” 😉

Next up, a lace trench coat…..


  1. February 26, 2021 / 7:01 am

    The blouse is a fabulous addition to Ann’s wardrobe. So pretty and unique. I love using mixed print in garments.

    • Roz
      February 27, 2021 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks, Audrey!

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