It’s easy to be seduced by prints. Ooh, bunny rabbits! Unicorns! Dogs in space! And prints TOTALLY have a place in sewing. Because if you can’t sew a bunny rabbit unicorn dress, something is very wrong with the world.
BUT there is also a place in your stash for solid colours, and that doesn’t have to make your sewing boring. Solid colours are adaptable, evergreen and can bring their own creative inspiration.
Here are my three top tips for sewing with solids!
SOLIDS IN YOUR STASH = FORESIGHT
Whenever I see a decent quality solid colour fabric that I know I will sew with, I buy a couple of metres. Decent crepe, ponte or wool can be hard to find. When you do find a brilliant solid, stock up. A stash doesn’t need to make you a bad person; it can make you a planner.
USE CUTE DETAILS TO BREAK THINGS UP
My latest Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress, sewn in a navy crepe, could have run the gamut of school uniform meets corporate robot. So I made sure to include one key detail that just helped to break things up.
I did the same thing on my The Maker’s Atelier’s dress with some ribbon at the neckline.
PLAY WITH FABRIC TEXTURE
I most love solids because they’re easy to layer. And if you look at the vibrant colours and textures above, I hope you agree … solids are SOLID!