Everyone has their own ideas about the best way to use graphic, bold prints in sewing a garment. Some prefer a complicated and visually stunning mix of prints and cut, while others veer more towards the category of simplicity in cut and just one bold print. I admit, I am definitely in the latter camp, having never been much of one to deftly mix prints and colors together in unexpected matters. I leave that to those who are far more talented than I. But I do enjoy the beauty of a good oversized, bold print and wanted to share a few that have been sitting in my bookmarks and inspiring me!
A large scale, abstract print can create some really stunning looks with the right silhouette. While I admit the winged bustline caught my eye first with this dress (a classic, 1950s look!), it’s the watercolor inspired butterfly print that won me over. Subtle and freeform, this print almost screams modern to me. The non-obvious repeat of the print works well with the more complicated seaming of the dress.
Doesn’t this dress remind you a bit of the Peony dress? It’s a beautiful piece from the Alice + Olivia fall/winter 2012/13 collection taht caught my eye immediately. Not only is the large floral stunning, but I love the way the roundness of the print works with the straight neckline and box pleated skirt. Sweet and lovely!
This caught my eye because of it’s strong horizontal pattern, but it’s not stripes. It makes me think a bit of the Lily dress in a way, with it’s curvaceous silhouette. Prints like these aren’t always easy to find, but work in a truly stunning way when paired with classic garment shapes like this, a pencil skirt or even a circle skirt. Minimal seaming helps the print take the center stage and not compete against fussy fit.