Maybe it’s because I’m a child of California in the 80s, but tropical prints have a special place in my heart.
Yes, there are a lot of ugly ones out there. But when you find the right one, I don’t think there’s anything cheerier. It’s like wearing a vacation.
Because I’ve been so inspired by all the tropical stuff on the runways lately and all the fabric I’ve been finding, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you, and the patterns I’d pair them with. Which would you make?
Fabrics for Catarina: (1) Hawaiian Garden Rayon from Harts Fabric, $10.99/yd; (2) Silk crepe border print from Gorgeous Fabrics, $22/yd; (3) Rayon challis in red palm print from fabric.com, $6.98/yd; (4) Printed charmeuse in jardin from Thai Silks, $24.55/yd
Fabrics for Lily: (5) Tropical print mercerized cotton from Mood, $21.99/yd; (6) Pool palm leaf print from Mood, $24.99/yd; (7) Japanese palm print from B&J, $19.95/yd; (8) Monochrome tropical mercerized cotton from Mood, $21.99
Fabrics for Myrtle: (9) Tropical print viscose knit from The Sweet Mercerie, 4.95 EUR/meter; Palm tree jersey from Girl Charlee, $6.60/yd; Black floral jersey knit from Fashion Fabrics Club, $5.25/yd; Tropical flower silk jersey from Ellesby Fabric, $18/yd
Do you guys love or hate tropical prints? And which do you love (or hate!) the most?