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Pattern Recommendations for Spring 2015 Fashion Trends

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Shirtdresses with a button-front closure, a shirt collar, and a belted waist are the classic look of the season.

In Threads #178 (April/May 2015), Connie Crawford, from Fashion Patterns by Coni, covered some of the most noteworthy upcoming trends in her Spring Fashion Forecast article. In addition to harmonious colors and textured fabrics, this season is characterized by relaxed, loose-fitting garments. Read below to find a selection of patterns that closely resemble some of the latest styles.

Asymmetrical Skirts

This covers the spectrum from skirts with uneven hemlines to those with multiple panels in contrasting fabrics. Styles with side slits and bias-cut pieces were especially common from designers such as Altuzarra this season.

Suggested patterns:

Simplicity 1322

Simplicity 1322

Marfy 3094

Marfy 3094

Lightweight Jackets and Raincoats

Short jackets that fall between the waist and high hip in see-through or translucent fabrics were featured in a variety of Spring/Summer 2015 runway shows, including Bora Aksu‘s collection. Raincoats were also highly concentrated in lightweight and technical fabrics with drawstrings and flap details.

Suggested patterns:

Butterick 5529

Butterick 5529

New Look 6006

New Look 6006

Relaxed-fit Tops

Loose shirts and frilly feminine blouses were all over the runway, especially in Thakoon‘s Spring/Summer 2015 show. For a truly on-trend garment, create this silhouette in a voile or gauze fabric with three-quarter-length sleeves.

Suggested patterns:

McCall’s 7095

McCall's 7095

Kwik Sew 3870

Kwik Sew 3870

Lightweight Bottoms

Bermuda shorts and flared culotte pants were often paired with soft, flowing blouses in matching colors or prints, as shown in Ohne Titel‘s Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Suggested patterns:

Style Arc Jennifer City Shorts

Style Arc Jennifer City Shorts

Vogue 1307

Vogue 1307

Shirtdresses

Often made in cotton fabrics, this season’s classic shirtdresses are characterized by button-front closures, collars, and belted waists. View this style in Jason Wu‘s Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Suggested patterns:

Style Arc Vivian Vest/Dress

Style Arc Vivian Vest/Dress

Simplicity 2246

Simplicity 2246

Which trend do you find the most appealing? Are there any patterns above that you’d be interested in sewing? Please share your thoughts below!

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  1. tanlithrash | | #1
  2. dorothysheldon | | #2

    I think the Cotton Challenge was very well done. However where do you buy beautiful cotton fabric that is wide enough to use. I have reread the article and I realize mood fabrics was listed but are there other places for these fabrics.

    Also a source for cotton fabric with a touch of spandex.

    Help, old and have a hard time finding sites I need.
    thanks,
    d

  3. lindacarlson | | #3

    Love the Style ARC Vivian Vest dress, but the Style Arc website won't open up, and the Etsy store for the pattern company doesn't have this pattern. So many of the other styles shown seem designed for one extreme or another---either very slender (the skirt and slacks patterns with yokes) or quite heavy---the baggy tops. Just received my copy of the new Threads, and was horrified at some of the patterns---WHO wears clothes like those? Tooooo trendy, and the color blocked dress, unwearable for anyone with a significant bustline.

  4. winniek | | #4

    I have already made the lisette shirtdress. It is so classic and quite adorable and comfy.
    The style Arc dress looks lovely and very classy.
    I think that all of my culottes of 40 years ago are gone, but I still have the patterns somewhere.
    Oh sewing, so much fun.

  5. stsimon | | #5

    Dorothy, here are some online fabric stores that I use:
    FashionFabricsClub.com
    VogueFabricsStore.com
    EmmaOneSock.com
    AppleAnnieFabrics.com

    Searching by keyword helps when you are looking for a particular type of fabric, and you can order swatches, except for FashionFabricsClub where you have to order 1/8 yd (they have lots of sales and very good prices). VogueFabricsStore has a swatching service that sends you a booklet of swatches, very nicely done, four times a year for $40.

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