Hey guys! I’m Julie from Our Chez Nous, and I’m here today to talk to you guys about, you guessed it, trends! I love trends, for me, they’re not something to go off specifically and follow, but more something to be inspired by and create from. They can give you that kick in the butt that you’ve been looking for to create something you’ve been envisioning for ages, or inspire you in a direction completely different from what you’ve been thinking about originally.
Trends are constantly changing and have an evolution of their own. But if you start paying close attention (which as sewers, I think we generally do), they have a continuous cycle, slightly changing with the current times. This summers trends are no different, they give a nod to past styles and trends, yet are ‘modernized’ or ‘revitalized’ thanks to new details or execution. For this post, I’m going to discuss a couple of the trends that I think are going to be big for the summer.
Whimsical to me isn’t just a sense of the romantic for the girl. It’s something about the entire outfit, a feeling you get, either by use of colour play or fabric. That doesn’t mean it’s not romantic, but for boys, I find the whimsical tends to be sometimes even a bit kooky, but in a good way. This would be fun to play around with, using a variety of colours, and learning to use new types of fabric as well for your kiddo sewing.
Take a step on your wild side, and go bold! I love this one, since there are so many options and possibilities, not only to play with colour, but also with your own skills with combinations. You can either do a little, or a lot. Try mixing in one bold colour you wouldn’t normally use in a neutral outfit. Colour blocking is still going strong this year, so think of different ways to play it up as well. Have you also found a crazy print that you never in your mind thought of using?! Well don’t shy away from it! Make an outfit based on that one print, or use it in small doses. Going bold doesn’t mean you have to go crazy, but it does bring a bit of drama to your sewing. This is one of the things I love to do the most in my own sewing, and watch out, if you start, you may never go back.
Classics Gone Modern
This trend is one I think is really continuous as tastes changes. It’s really basic, using classic lines, but giving them a new life, or twist. Either by use of colour or even switching it up a bit by using asymmetrical lines. Also, think about those classic looks, but slim them down . Especially for boys, this gives classic look a more tailored appeal.
I find this one to be for the active kids, in other words, pretty much every kid. I dub it the Boy Scouts. This is for the everyday child, who runs, climbs and more or less doesn’t really care what he looks like as long as he’s comfy, with of course, the fashion factor. Giving those comfy clothes a look all to their own. Just because your child wants comfort, doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice fashion. A great way to play this up would be by using knit fabrics for shorts and skinny tees with graphic but minimal prints.
I have to admit, I absolutely love retro looks and past eras, and this one hits a soft spot. I find that we embrace more and more of past looks into modern day fashion. Think Peter Pan collars! Two great ways to embrace past looks are by using retro inspired patterns with fresh bold colours, or vice versa, using modern and clean lined patterns with retro inspired fabrics.
So there you have it, a quick glimpse into my watch list of trends for the summer. I hope you’ve found some inspiration. I know I have, and I’ll be doing a bunch of pinning before Kid’s Clothes Week to add on to this inspiration. So make sure to follow on Pinterest here.