Springtime Florals

makowermodernfolkloric

For anyone who hasn’t been staring at the calendar and counting down the days to the second bank holiday of the spring, only breaking off occasionally to look out of the window and see if the sun is coming out/staying out/visible at all, you might not be aware that May is very nearly upon us, and therefore spring is well and truly under way. With Easter (and lots of chocolate – mmmm) now under our belts, this weekend we get the first of two (yay!) May bank holidays, which can only raise our hopes for warmer weather and the chance to get sewing some seriously summery outfits.

Floral designs always start to get more prominent in fashion around this time of year, but for 2014 designers seem to have gone a little bit Chelsea Flower Show crazy as flowers, birds, butterflies and exotic coloured prints are simply everywhere in the shops. For those of us who like to make our very own unique fashions however, we have plenty of floral inspiration in the our own shop.

kimberlysgarden

Check out the three different colour ways from the Kimberly’s Garden collection (£14 per metre): pink for a slightly more subtle look, purple for something a little braver, and we think the red yellow and blue design simply shouts Spring is Here!

makowerandcopenhagen

Makower have a couple of grey and pink blossom prints from their Temptations range (£11 per metre) which would look amazing as skirts, sleeveless tops, dresses or anything you can think of for the spring/summer season. Those who like their Makower prints a little stronger should look to the yellow and grey florals from Modern Folkloric range (see top image) and (also £11 per metre) for striking outfits or to make bags and accessories – yellow bird print tote bags anyone?

copenhagenandmillar

More stylistic flower designs with a distinctly retro feel are available from the Michael Miller Dahlia Medallion pattern and these funky little numbers from the Copenhagen Print Factory (both £14 per metre), which have only been in the shop for a week or so. We can’t help but think that  the blue, yellow and grey print would make the perfect pleated skirt a la Sewing Bee. You may need Patrick Grant on hand to help you measure out the pleats though …
flowerbuttons
And for the icing on the cake, we have these delicious looking flower buttons to grace whatever flower power inspired item you make, at just 24p each.
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