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Pattern Options for Spring 2018 Fashion Trends | Web Extra

Explore the season's styles with these patterns and techniques
Threads #196, April/May 2018

This supplement to “Spring Into Fashion,” Threads #196, April/May 2018, offers more pattern options and guidance for emulating spring 2018 fashion trends.

Fashion runways for the spring showed a range of garments. In London, there were light-colored, flirtatious, and flowing dresses; in New York, there were 1990s-flashback designs with saturated and vibrant colors, lively patterns, and innovative necklines.


Pastel-hued voile works well for this slip dress with flowing skirt and handkerchief hem. BurdaStyle 06/2017 #107. Fabric: ElliottBermanTextiles.com. Photo: Jack Deutsch.


Slip dresses

Flowing slip dresses wisped along runways signifying a free-spirited spring season. Many featured transparent, skin-revealing fabrics with tulle ever-present at Milan shows. Capture this look with patterns such as Vogue 9278 and Butterick 6349.

slip dress patterns


Shorts suits

Sophistication and playfulness blend in suits featuring jackets and shorts of different styles and fabrics.

New Look 6496 offers shorts, a skort, and a miniskirt. Suggested fabric looks include plaids, stripes, and prints—or even denim for a more casual effect. Add a coordinating jacket for a polished ensemble.

short suit spring fashion 2018 simplicity pattern


Colette 1022 Iris Shorts is another pattern option.



Sleeve and neckline interest

Creative necklines, such as this flounced version, show up in feminine tops with peekaboo shoulders.

Vogue 9242 features a flounced neckline. Fabric: ElliottBermanTextiles.com.  Photo: Jack Deutsch

Vogue 9238 cold-shoulder top and dress features a dynamic neckline, plus a front and back flounce. This pattern, which includes boot-cut pants, is designed for knits with two-way stretch.

vogue pattern threads magazine spring fashion 2018



Peplums continue the flirty, feminine theme. “Flare for Peplums” in Threads #196, April/May 2018, explores a design silhouette for figures ranging from slim to full.

Check out Simplicity 1425, a princess-seamed peplum top with neckline and sleeve variations.

On-trend fabrics


For casual and even formalwear, stripes make for an interesting twist. For more insight into using striped fabrics creatively in your next garment, read Judith Neukam’s “Engineered Stripes,” Threads #161, June/July 2012.

Dyed effects

Ombré designs in fabrics of every weight and texture are used in a variety of ways: layered, tiered, and combined with prints and metallics.

For our Threads Insider members, read the online article “Try Ombré Fabrics For a Fresh Fashion Look.”

For help using ombré fabrics, see “Ombré Visions” in Threads #173, June/July 2014.

Hand-dyed fabrics focus on monotone treatments, updating the 1960s hippy tie-dyed style. Learn how to ice-dye fabric in “Embellishments: Ice-borne Color,” Threads #174, Aug./Sept. 2014.


Issue 194 Threads magazine

Silver sequins, metallic-foil prints, and lamé brocade provide glitz. They are the go-to choices for eveningwear this season. Learn how to sew sequined fabric in Threads #92, Dec. 2010/Jan. 2001.



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  1. januaryjewelryshine | | #1

    Is there a pattern for the basket weave shirt on page 52 of the May 2018 issue?

    1. RCarnes | | #2

      Thank you for your inquiry. The pattern is based on Simplicity SewStylish 1699, with a modification to the peplum (as described in the article). The pattern is out of print, but you can find it on eBay, Etsy, or Amazon.
      Also, with the information in the article, you can add a peplum to any fitted top with a waist seam. - Threads

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