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Fashion Forecast for Spring Sewing 2023

The season promises joyful colors and a twist on classic separates
Threads #221, Spring 2023

It is always a good sign for fashion when there is plenty to absorb. Spring 2023 ushers in a fresh array of style choices. We have truly eased out of loungewear and basics, and now it’s time for fashion that is fun, full of life, and a showcase for individuality.

Fresh silhouettes were notable in the spring runway shows. Look for loose jeans and ’80s-inspired oversized blazers. Low-rise replaces high-rise, and floor-grazing maxi skirts join the lineup alongside the micro-miniskirts that carry over from last year. Sleek column dresses complete the exciting juxtaposition of shapes. Other trends reflect lifestyle themes. Practical details such as padding, roomy pockets, and parachute straps appear on cargo pants and field jackets, for wardrobe staples with a ready-for-action look. Ballet-core styles bring a fun way to add a soft and romantic feel to your wardrobe, with off-the-shoulder tops, flowing skirts, tights—and actual satin ballet slippers. Workwear and suiting are clean and classic for a wear-now-wear-always vibe, and updated variations on the white button-up blouse made the list of trends. Look for this classic with widened collars, exaggerated sleeves, and in mixed-material versions.

The season’s fabrics also appeal to a mood of joy and exploration, with cheerful colors and exciting textures—including high-octane sequins. The wonderful options for spring add up to opportunities for every sewist to shine in their own way.

Upbeat colors

Bold brights such as fuchsia, acid green—is it 1986 again?—and tangelo speak to the fearlessness that characterizes the season’s runway presentations. Meanwhile, calm classics, like eggshell or gray with lavender undertones, provide balance and contrast. The 2023 spring/summer palette from the Pantone Color Institute reflects the season’s color mood.

color palette with fiery red, beetroot purple, tangelo, peach pink, and empire yellow

color palette with crystal rose, classic green, love bird, blue perennial, and summer song

color palette with skylight, vanilla cream, gray lilac, leek green, and macchiato

Fabric trends

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  1. ebbyjake | | #1

    Where is a pattern like the beautiful white blouse in your illustration? None of the links provide yielded anything even close to it.

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