Border Prints Beyond Boho

We are all familiar with the traditional use of border prints in garments – place the border along the hem of a skirt or dress. At our June meeting, Sew Chicago explored other possibilities for using non-directional border prints and some tips about using these fabrics in garments.

Liz H. treated us to a trunk show of her border print creations, which included this silk charmeuse border print dress made from the Fashion in Harmony Magic Bias Dress pattern.

Here are some other pieces from her collection:

Wendy made a handout with inspiration pictures and tips that included some pictures of  auditioning border print placement on a dress form.

Steph was unable to attend, due to a scheduling conflict. But she provided an excellent blog post about summer pants she made from a lovely floral border print.

Linda brought some great border prints from her collection and several patterns that lend themselves to border prints. Thank you for shlepping all that to work so you could share it with us at our meeting, Linda!

For Sew and Tell our newest member, Liz B, wore an example of a directional border print in a skirt she redesigned from a thrift store find.


Liz H. showed a knit and a woven sheath dress made from the same pattern.


Debora showed the one purse she made for herself this year, and Linda showed her completed prototype of the Perfectly Fitted Shirt by the Cup-full by J. Stern Designs, which Jen fitted for Linda at ASG National Conference in St. Louis.

Speaking of ASG National Conference, a group of Sew Chicago members will be there in July. It’s going to be tons of fun!

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