Monday, May 20, 2013


Fashion Trend Summer 2013:


There is no better, more beautiful, more lasting fashion combination than black and white.  When I think of some of our favorite girls back in the day-- Audrey Hepburn, Laugh-In’s Goldie Hawn, That Girl’s Marlo Thomas, Mod Squad’s Peggy Lipton and the ever timeless Diahann Carroll—I can see all of them wearing some beautiful black and white outfit.

Black and white fashion fabrics come in so many different formats from bold geometric, to subtle and sophisticated.  Black and white goes with everything.  Put a bright colored shell with a black and white boucle fabric to jazz it up.  How about a white silk blouse with black denim to glam up your weekend?

This summer move your black and white favorites from the back of your closet to the front.  Add to the pieces you have by including black and white combination fabrics or new solid fabrics for blouses, pants, skirts, tops and dresses.  The fabrics are as varied as 4-ply silk to black and white suiting to black and white micro check cotton.

The summertime gives us a lot of opportunity to show off our black and white obsessions.  You can make a cute LBD or LWD (that’s little black dress or little white dress), using the 4-plysilk.  This outfit should be a workhorse dress in your closet that will let you shine during work hours, after hours cocktails, weddings, funerals and everything in between.  Just switch up the shoes, purse and other accessories and you are good to go!

Take Vogue 8916 as an example.  You can make the jacket and skirt out of our Mod Squad fabric.  The dress, your LBD, can be made out of a tropical lightweight wool, such as Black Menswear Wool.  The pattern also comes with a top that would look great in a black silk charmeuse.  This combination makes for a rich looking, eye catching ensemble that works well in the office and later for a romantic dinner.  But we’re not finished yet.  For casual Friday’s wear your LBD with a jacket made out of Kauai cotton sateen.  You can still use the same pattern to make the jacket or you can venture out to another pattern.  A nice thin metallic gold or silver belt would make the outfit look very pulled together.  And we’re still not finished.  Take the Kauai cotton sateen jacket you wore on casual Friday and pair it with jeans made from “black denim”.  And don't forget the white nail polish.  Try "Alpine Snow" from OPI or my personal favorite "Blanc" from Essie. 

You now have a lot of mixing and matching that you can include in a four day weekend or mini vacation.  See, black and white can be your best friend!

Summertime is full of fun events for us to attend.  Whether it’s a wedding, cocktail party after a day of attending a conference, class reunion or a charity event, you’re going to need something fabulous to wear.   We have our eye on Vogue Pattern 1108, a Bellville Sassoon dress.  Keeping with our black and white trend, we like the black metallic jacquard brocade for this special dress.  Think about making the bow out of the reverse side for a beautiful contrast.  Put on your pearls and your evening shoes and you will look stunning, ready to dance the night away.

And great news!  All of these looks you’ve created are trending into Fall fashion 2013.  Black and white is here to stay.

And speaking of trending, have any of you seen Leo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby?  The clothes alone make the movie a must see.  I got to thinking about how beautiful the headbands were back in the 20s.  Our pearl trims will work great to make your own 20s style headband.  We have collaborated with Youtique Bridal & Formal for an upcoming tutorial on how to do this.

Visit our Pinterest board to see how all of these looks come together. 

We’ll have more trending newsletters for you.  And always let us know what you’re thinking by contacting us at will keep you current and beautiful, so you can sew your fabrics into fashion!


becki-c said...

You could argue that black and white never go out of style... but they become HUGE every couple of years.
I still like that HugoBoss black and white... *sigh* arm twisting...

Angela Rae said...

This post is so AWESOME!! You have given me so many ideas of what I can do summer into fall. I love the layout. Keep giving us more of the same. You're my fashionista consultant!!! Angie

becki-c said...

I need to do one of those white shirts with the black center front band. I may do this for my Marfy for next month...

Roz said...

Thanks Becki and Angela!
Good idea Becki!