Fabrics Pick and Mix

Bonjour, Hello,

This month I have gone high, wide and mixed.

High wasted in a wide leg trousers and I have mixed my prints.

Mixing prints can be intimidating. I have had ideas in the past, never made it happen.  These two, pin stripes and geometric  were obvious and almost neutral…


High, wide, mixed

Both fabrics are from Fabric Land in Brighton and I bought them over a year ago.

They were at opposite sides of the shop and I don’t think they were meant to be paired up. I was paying for the suiting fabric and spotted the “matching” crepe in the corner of my eyes…You do know those light bulb moments….

The suiting fabric dictated what to do.


  • I wanted them wide leg and a bit slouchy
  • I picked Easy Vogue pattern 8717
  • Fabric suiting at £5.09 a meter and still in stock at Fabric Land Brighton. The pin stripes make the trousers a basic neutral with loads of styling potential
  • I could have, should have made them a tad longer, by 2 inches


  • The top was not a big deal. It had to stay simple because the print is already busy and complex. No point trying too hard with the design
  • I choose Butterick B6175, hacked at the back but not my finest hour. I will unpick and remake.
  • Fabric is a crepe which doesn’t seem to be in stock anymore

Mix things up

So…can we really mix our prints?

Here is how I think it should be approached:


  • have some elements in common: colour, style
  • is there a colour in your first choice of fabric you want to highlight? Choose that colour to make your second fabric choice
  • mix geometric with prints inspired by nature (florals, leaves) or with abstract (swirls), with no clear repetition of patterns
  • one scale has to be bigger than the other
  • large scale on large pieces, skirts, trousers. Small scale on smaller pieces: tops, bodice, details (bias binding, ribbons etc)
  • choose a maximum of 2 prints in dressmaking. You can get away with 3 in interior decoration or accessories
  • it’s definitely the fabrics who dictate what to make. I don’t recommend picking a pattern before the fabrics or you may never find the right match
  • it can also be the same print in different colours. Check my two tone birdie shirt
  • take advantage of fabric collections: will most definitely have fabrics in the same tones and shades and different prints which make matching easier

My picks for you

Here are my picks and some ideas

Gunthrie and Ghani: Palazzo trousers and a spaghetti straps top 5 Nani Iro Grace  6 Dashwood Studio Life Journey

Threadhead Fabrics: Give me tea dress vibes 1 Crowns White sparkle  –  2 100% organic cotton 

Sew Over It: For a denim inspired make 3 Chambray Dandelion  –  4 Brushed cotton 


MacCulloch & Wallis When the “wrong” side of the fabric is right: A 4 way pairing. Turn ups anyone?

  Japanese double sided printed cotton shantung

Staple trousers

The trousers have major versatility potential. It’s a power dressing staple with cool vibes.

Here are various styling ideas, in the same colour palette

  • My oversize men white shirt and a skinny scarf with the fabric remnant from the top
  • My pink coat, which I absolutely love. It’s from ASOS, bought last year.
  • White boots from ASOS bought recently
  • Pink shoes
  • Basic grey jumper
  • Navy blazer


So many possibilities. It was a lot of fun to shoot.

So…how do you feel about mixing your prints? Yah or nah?


Shoot by Erlandas M. in Sloane Square London, SW1W 8AQ


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