Gingham Trend for Spring & Summer 2015

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Gingham Trend for Spring & Summer 2015

We’ve all seen gingham – or what is most often called “plaid” – around during the colder months. After all, what’s a winter wardrobe if not for big boots, wool socks, jeans and warm plaid flannel shirts? I’m so glad that’s over now that Spring has – finally! – arrived! While we might have pushed our plaid shirts to the back of our closets last year, this year, designers everywhere have embraced the gingham trend for Spring/Summer 2015! From clothing to decor, gingham is literally everywhere this season! To help inspire you, here’s a roundup of the trendiest gingham on the web, from fashion, to home decor, and even some quilting inspiration! Keep reading this post to find a SPECIAL promotion on some of our gingham fabrics!

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Nowadays, fashion designers really set the tone for seasonal trends. In this case, it’s particularly true: high-end fashion designers love gingham! If you’re a fashionista, I’m sure you’ve seen it on runways during Fashion Week! For example, designers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Michael Kors have beautifully incorporated gingham into their Spring 2015 collections.

Backstage at Michael Kors Fashion Show. Image via Vogue.com

Backstage at Michael Kors Fashion Show. Image via Vogue.com

Gingham at Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2015 Fashion show. Image via Popsugar

Gingham at Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2015 Fashion show. Image via Popsugar

So long, “casual” Winter gingham look, for Spring, we dress it up! Don’t be afraid to try it out at work, going for dinner or even going out!

Image via Fashionsy.com

Stylish gingham outfit. Image via Fashionsy.com

Not very fashion-forward when it comes to your clothes? Don’t worry, gingham is an easy look to put together. You don’t have to be fashion designer or have to spend a fortune on their clothes to adopt a casual, every-day look! During the warm season, gingham pairs wonderfully with a white pant or short – maybe avoid a dark denim-red or blue gingham combinaison as this might be too “wintery” for the season!

Everyday casual look. Image via StyleBluePrint.com

Everyday casual look. Image via StyleBluePrint.com

 

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Although you might not associate decor with gingham as much as you would for fashion, this year it will be quite popular! Try using soft hues for small accent pieces as they will refresh your decor without overpowering the look of your home.

For example, although this room features quite a bit of gingham, the soft blue looks very modern and fresh.

Soft Blue Gingham is really fashionable right now! Image via Leta Austin Foster & Associates.

Soft Blue Gingham is really fashionable right now! Image via Leta Austin Foster & Associates.

If you want to have a bit of fun with gingham, why not make your own colorful placemats? I could totally see these on a patio or for a picnic.

Colorful gingham placemats. Image via APrettyCoolLife.com

Colorful gingham placemats. Image via APrettyCoolLife.com

If you really want to embrace the plaid look, then go for a bold red café curtain, which will give your kitchen a cool European vibe!

Gingham Café Curtains. Image via SavySouthernStyle.net

Gingham Café Curtains. Image via SavySouthernStyle.net

Since wedding season is just around the corner, why not try gingham as a theme? It’s rustic feel is sure to be the perfect backdrop for a summer celebration! After all, if famous actress Brigitte Bardot could wear a pink gingham wedding dress in 1959, I think it’s safe to say that a little gingham at your wedding can be quite fashion-forward while still being a classic!

Gingham wedding inspiration. Image via Brit + Co.

Gingham wedding inspiration. Image via Brit + Co.

 

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Gingham is a classic for a reason! Whether you like an all-over gingham quilt, or prefer small gingham details, this pattern can be used in any quilting project! What’s great about gingham is that it’s bold pattern can really compliment lighter summer quilts since it requires less piecing.

Cute Gingham Baby Quilt. Image via Etsy.com

Cute Gingham Baby Quilt. Image via Etsy.com

Speaking of summer quilts, picnic blankets are great for gingham! Try a plain gingham or gingham squares, as shown on this gorgeous quilt below, and head on outside for a great family activity!

Gingham blocks in a picnic quilt. Image via Flickr.

Gingham blocks in a picnic quilt. Image via Flickr.

Or what about this Riley Blake FREE Gingham Quilt Pattern? This quilt is so colourful, it would make an adorable picnic blanket!

Circle Gingham Quilt. Image via Riley Blake Designs.

Circle Gingham Quilt. Image via Riley Blake Designs.

But gingham doesn’t have to be so obvious in your quilting projects. I love using gingham as quilt sashing because it’s more interesting than a plain solid fabric, yet, subtle enough to make whatever block you’re making really stand out!

Using Gingham as Quilt Sashing. Image via CozyQuilts1.co.uk

Using Gingham as Quilt Sashing. Image via CozyQuilts1.co.uk

If you want to really play up the vintage look of gingham, why not try something like this bright cherries-and-gingham quilt! I love the mix of yo-yos for the cherries and the gingham blocks!

Example of incorporating Gingham in Summer quilts. Image via TheMaterialGirlsQuilts.blogspot.ca

Example of incorporating Gingham in Summer quilts. Image via TheMaterialGirlsQuilts.blogspot.ca

If you think gingham can look too “basic” why not try a gingham-inspired pattern like this disappearing four-patch quilt?

Gingham-inspired pattern. Image via The Tin Whistle.

Gingham-inspired pattern. Image via The Tin Whistle.

For those of you that love a nice modern quilt, here’s a simple but really bold abstract gingham pattern!

Image via BlogLovin.com

Image via BlogLovin.com

Fabric Suggestions

If you’re looking for gingham fabrics, Four Seasons’ Cotton Basics collection is a great high-quality fabric. Riley Blake also has some fun and colourful gingham in their Basics collection as well (psst! my favorite is C450-20 Aqua… such a lovely color!)

Riley Blake's 1/4 inch gingham in Aqua (Pattern C450-20 Aqua).

Riley Blake’s 1/4 inch gingham in Aqua (Pattern C450-20 Aqua).

For a bit of a twist on gingham, check out this gingham and dots pattern from Quilting Treasures (from their Basics collection):

Gingham patterns from Quilting Treasures' "Sorbet" Collection.

Gingham patterns from Quilting Treasures’ “Sorbet” Collection.

For a more traditional gingham fabric, these patterns from Quilting Treasures are great! They would really look amazing as tablecloths or kitchen towels for a rustic vibe!

Traditional Gingham pattern. Quilting Treasures' "Reel It In" collection shipping in June 2015.

Traditional Gingham pattern. Quilting Treasures’ “Reel It In” collection shipping in June 2015.

Finally, some of our favorite gingham fabrics, Studioe‘s “Peppered Plaids”! These more modern gingham fabrics are absolutely gorgeous and would be great for any of the above projects! Don’t you agree?

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Well, I hope you enjoyed our gingham inspiration! From quilting to fashion, gingham is a sure bet this season! What’s your favorite way of using gingham? Tell us in the comments! I’m sure it won’t be a surprise to you that my favorite gingham is my picnic blanket I made a few years ago!

Happy trend-hunting!

Jessica

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