15 May 2019’s Hottest Sewing Trends
While many of your customers may knit or crochet seasonally, most sewists enjoy making projects year-round. As we’ve mentioned in our previous article on 2019’s Hottest Craft Trends, we’re seeing lots of makers eager to try new things. As a fabric store owner, this is a great opportunity to attract a new customer base; for shops focusing on fiber arts, perhaps it’s time to introduce a new craft to keep customers coming through your door when the temperature rises. Designers will also want to take note on ways they can incorporate their trends into upcoming projects and patterns. Here’s a look at how some of the trends we spotted at the AFCI January show:Creativation are appearing in the sewing world!
It’s easy to keep your finger on trending colors – just follow Pantone’s seasonal Fashion Color Trend Reports! The Spring/Summer 2019 colors were released after New York Fashion Week last fall, and predictions for this year include bold, bright colors mixed with neutrals and muted shades. Word on the street is the Beige is going to be hot for spring 2019!
Wide legged pants, wrap dresses and miniskirts are trending in spring pattern collections this year. Our favorite looks of the season are the Vondel Wrap Top and Dress from Halfmoon Atelier, the Ellis Skirt from Cashmerette and these Wide Leg Pants by Into the Fold (through Peppermint Magazine). We’re also seeing an emphasis on indie pattern designers, much like in other crafty industries.
As with other crafts, an emphasis on embellishments such as fringe, lace, ruffles or other trims is trending. From Chanel (on the runway) to the Anni Building Block Dress to taking an older pattern and making it new again with lace, we love seeing what makers will come up with next!
Handbag trends are all over the place, from micro-sized clutches to larger, more industrial looking, unisex bags. But they’re not all industrial looking; many take advantage of the embellishment trend too! Our favorites include the Wool + Wax Tote from Noodlehead, this cute DIY Bow Clutch from Elm Street, and the Retro Rucksack by Radiant Home Studio.
Echoing the fashion trends, we’re seeing lots of neutrals paired with bold bright shapes and colors. Check out Jemima Flendt’s Electric Dreams Quilt, from the cover of Love and Patchwork Quilting Issue 63, featuring Tula Pink solids and stripes. Embellishments and details are also finding their way into quilting. Stephanie Ruyle of Spontaneous Threads designed Canary Meets Goldmine which took first place for Handi Work at Quiltcon 2019. There’s a bit of a trend towards bohemian, like Bohemian Garden from SuzyQuilts. Again the emphasis is on bright, geometric shapes with pops of color.
Home decor seems to be following some of the other trends we’ve seen. Neutrals are in (think white and beige!), as are feminine tones of blush, dusty pink, and bronze. We’re also seeing floral fabrics and wallpapers to add light touches.
However, within those neutrals are bright, bold colors and graphic shapes as accent pieces. We’re seeing neutral areas (even in kitchens) with additions of bright prints like in this Window Valance Tutorial by The Homes I Have Made.
Finally, we’re seeing lots of sustainable handmade touches, pieces that connect with the earth and bring a bit of the outside indoors. Whether it’s organic cotton sheets or throw pillows, like these from Coyuchi, adding natural fabrics to your projects is both on trend and eco-friendly. Which brings us to our next topic, sustainable sewing.
In general, makers are gravitating towards ethically sourced, natural materials that are created via sustainable processes to make garments that can be treasured and handed down (or upcycled) over time. Not only are they purchasing natural materials that are free from pesticides and synthetic add-ins, they are also becoming mindful of the overall impact over how they source materials: in particular, we’re seeing a return to shopping locally to reduce the overall eco footprint associated with shipping items. Pattern designers are also expressing preference for ethically produced fabrics and some, like Half Moon Atelier have resources on their websites dedicated to helping makers find ethically produced fabrics. We’re also seeing more patterns for small re-usable items like sandwich and snack bags.
We hope we’ve given you some ideas and inspiration for some trendy sewing projects to incorporate into your spring. We’ll continue to expand our trend reports to a wider variety of crafty industries in the future.
If you’re interested in a deeper dive into the trends in your industry and developing (and implementing) a marketing plan to get your crafty business offerings on trend, contact us today and we’d love to work with you!