Sewing with large scale prints can feel a little daunting sometimes. It can be hard to choose a pattern that will showcase the print in the right way.
We have gathered together some inspiration from Ready to Wear brands and some of our favourite patterns that will work for large scale prints and paired them with the latest collection of Viscose Linen Noil from Mind the MAKER.
The Shift Dress
A simple shift dress can often be overlooked when choosing a pattern but when working with a large scale print the large, uninterrupted pattern pieces are ideal. The Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress or Megan Nielsen River Dress are both perfect options.
The Shirt Dress
If a shift dress is not your style a shirt dress with no waist seam is ideal. This will provide the same uninterrupted surface while adding some extra interest and detail.
The Paper Theory Olya shirt dress will allow you to play with the direction of the print with the interesting sleeve construction. If you want something without this detail the Marsha Style x Sew LaLa Alea shirt is a great option.
For a more relaxed take on the shirt dress you could lengthen the Sew Liberated Matcha Top into an easy to wear summer dress.
Don’t be afraid to mix these prints up. Choosing 2 different colours from the same print or mixing 2 prints which contain the same colours is easy when you know they will match perfectly. A wrap dress is an easy way to mix prints, choosing a different colour or style for each half. Another option is the Trend Patterns Bias T-shirt dress which was made for colour blocking.
If you don’t want to break up the print too much the Poppy Playsuit by Sew Over It is perfect, as it has minimal seams and a grown on sleeve. For something with more detail the Sew Love Patterns Springe Jumpsuit is a great option, especially if you have a special event coming up this summer. With a more abstract, large scale print like the Ivy Brush print you do not need to worry about breaking up the print, it will still have the same impact.
Helen’s Closet Gilbert Top and Donovan Skirt and Mind the MAKER Circle Circus Viscose Linen Noil in Green Khaki
Another great option is to create separate pieces that can be worn together or individually. As you can see in the set above from Anthropology, a large scale circle print can work well for a skirt and shirt combo. The Helen’s Closet Gilbert Top and Donovan Skirt are both great options.
Again, if you would like something with more detail the Papercut Patterns Estella pattern has multiple options including a dress, top and skirt which can be worn in different ways.