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The Creative Possibilities of Panel Prints

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I love working with panel prints because they offer unique opportunities to showcase fabric design motifs.

What is a panel print, exactly, and how does it differ from its close cousin, the border print?

Border prints vs. panel prints

Border prints feature a design that runs along the fabric’s length, or straight grain. As the name suggests, the designs decorate the top edge, the bottom edge, or both edges, and can be narrow or wide. Border prints are often used in women’s skirts and other garments with a full hem.

Two border prints live in my stash, just waiting for the right projects.

Blue and maroon floral border print.
I found this Indonesian wax print at the Chelsea Flea Market in Manhattan. Notice that both edges have decorative borders, the closer edge wider and the farther edge narrower.

 

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  1. mjz | | #1

    I have dabbled in panel prints, but not reached nearly your level. That jacket is probably the best I've seen. Deeply inspiring!

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    smcfarland | | #2

    The parka is stunning! I would love to make one :) I recently worked with an ombre silk charmeuse I would consider a panel print because the shade transitions (turquoise to deep purple) ran parallel to the selvage. It's almost finished, and you've inspired me to share the result in the reader galleries here when I complete it.

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      Peter_Lappin | | #3

      Thank you, Sarah!

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