Regular readers of my little corner of the internet will know that I write a bi-annual post about the trends for the new season when they roll around.
I’ve always loved keeping up to date with what’s coming down the runways each year and my makes are often inspired by designer details. I grew up with a love of fashion and have always loved to add elements of the trends to my style. It’s just in my genes and I doubt I’ll be changing 🙂
Even if you aren’t into trends that much…you’ll find that fabric shops re-stock each season with fabrics designed with trends in mind, so in some way, we all wear on-trend stuff.
On a side note though…I can’t believe how quickly the months have flown by and I’m here doing this post again!
So, as usual, I’ll give you quick overview, take a look at the new season colours, run through a list of the many trends, show a few inspo photos and finish off with one or two pattern suggestions.
PS: My lovely readers from the southern hemisphere who will soon be heading into Autumn/Winter might like to take a look at this post.
Spring 2019 Trends Overview
As I was browsing many articles and photos I was struck once again by the sheer variety of styles. The theme of individuality, maximalism and uniqueness continues with a vengeance. The 80’s influence seems to be hugely popular still. Unusual juxtapositions are everywhere…like clashing colours, textures and prints. I saw a fair bit of embellishment too. As I looked at silhouettes I was also struck by how fluid and body-skimming they all were. For the most part, fits are quite loose and many designers showed less skin, preferring a more covered style
Pantone always launches a range of colours each season and one of those shades becomes ‘colour of the season’. This season it’s ‘Living Coral’ which I actually really like and I have a couple of garments in it already :).
Here is the whole range which includes 4 neutrals.
I personally love the ‘Jester Red’, ‘Toffee’ and ‘Terrarium Moss’…any take your fancy?
So, there are some major ones and some minor ones. Lots though…In fact, what a ‘Pot Pourri’! I love the variety and individualism though, and you could probably apply many of them to existing patterns and fabrics that you already have in your stash.
The Humungous List Of Trends:
- All shades of Beige….worn head to toe in some cases
- California surf style…
tie-dye, summery laid back prints, neoprene/ wetsuit styling
- Lace….used in unexpected combos
- Craft influences of crochet and macrame, i.e. mesh
style overlays macrame
- Feathers and fringe
- ALL. THE. PRINTS. Floral, graphic, small scale, large scale…and often mixed together.
- Trouser suits in all colours
- Bows, often oversized worn at the neck, waist or shoulde
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- Very light wash denim or acid wash.
- Boiler suit style jumpsuits
- Shorts, particularly cycling type shorts
- Small pleats or even micro pleated fabrics
- Fancy flat shoes
- Puffed shoulders
- Animal print, particularly leopard
- Frills in layers
- Black and white polka dots
- Paper bag waists
- Wide leg trousers/pants
- Roomy blazers (
- Fluid trench coats
There were so many runway shows that it’s impossible to choose just a few photos that highlight all of the trends. Here are but a few to give you an idea and to hopefully inspire.
Not every pattern company has their latest range out yet and many of them release ranges much later than others. However, you can adapt patterns that you already have, use fabric in an on-trend colour, or just embellish a garment to give it a fresh look.
Bear in mind that I grew up with the big 4 and I also love Burda designs. Out of the vast amount of Indie companies (I’m not that familiar with some of them) I like DP Studio, Trend Patterns, IAM Patterns and Named as I like their modern vibes. I am however I’m very partial to adapting and changing patterns that I already have as you well know!
Having said all of that though…I trawled one or two websites and gathered some examples for you. Not every one of them is from the newest ranges, but they do have the vibes of the new season trends.
NB: At the time of writing this Mimi G has just revealed a couple of new Simplicity designs due out soon. I’m in love with this little jacket!
1 McCalls 7908 Boiler Suit
McCalls 7898 ruffle dress
Simplicity 8839 puffed sleeve top
Burda trench and Burda sequin blazer
Vogue 1619 duster coat
Named patterns Anni dress building block
McCalls 7876 Fluid blazer and trousers/pants
IAM Magdala blouse
This was a fun post to put together, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did in doing it. As is always the case there are some trends I love and others that I can take or leave. Personally, I’m loving the long fluid coats and the wide-leg trousers, and I’m not averse to a few frills here and there. I rather like the sound of very pale denim too.
The whole point though is to just have fun with your style.
Do any of the trends appeal to you? Let me know in comments what inspires you for the new season.
Till next time..
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Thanks for this post and I love the wide leg pants on V1619. Or it could have something to do with the model looking not too dissimilar to me?! #pocwhosew
Thanks Kate! 🙂 Those are great pants aren’t they?
Hi Diane,you know living in Rome I should be surrounded by fashion but … I just don’t pay attention!
I rarely look at the shop windows, unless I’m walking downtown and then the windows of Missoni and Armani tell me “hello!”
So thanks for showing the new trends!
Hi Barbara. Hehe, I guess that is a little ironic with you living in Rome 🙂 I think I would be loving the windows of Armani and Missoni too! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed reading about the trends xx
What a great roundup and styles to get us thinking about Spring! Thank you for taking the time to pull this all together to give us lots of inspiration. 🙂
Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks, Lisa xx
A wonderfully prospective post.
Thank you Faye!
Thank you for putting this post together. I very much enjoy reading your summary of the new season’s trends. Not sure at this point what I shall try to adopt but you certainly give me food for thought. I shall probably dig out from the closet some existing items to revamp to align with these trends.
Thanks, Christine! Glad you enjoyed it and revamping a few existing items sounds like a great plan.
I see that slim pants are still around going by your first set of photos. I really love the comfort of skinny stretch pants with longer tops.
Hi Vicki, yes, there were quite a few slim pants styles. In the photo above they’re still quite fluid in fit. Tighter skinny pants will always be around though. It’s a mainstream style that’s always popular.
I adore this post Diane – perhaps because it means I do not have to do the work! Although of course, I shall! My Vogue Colllections has not arrived, so have no idea yet …but this gives me a clue!
My pleasure Sarah Liz. So pleased to hear that you found it useful 😊
I am new to your blog. Thanks for sharing the new colors and styles. I love that you suggested patterns to consider. I have not heard of your favorite independent pattern makers and I am anxious to check them out. Thanks again.
Hi Rose! I’m glad you found my blog and also that you enjoyed my look at the trends. Thanks!
From working with a number of gurus (from afar) like bloggers/vloggers, writers including Seamwork’s home study course last year which turned out to be an incredibly extensive program to help you identify your style and plan your makes to be more in line with what you actually wear. This wardrobe planning course was free which was amazing. Once you got into it (which I believe they are doing something similar right now) you start learning much about your style. We often make garments we’d like to BELIEVE we’ll wear (that fantasy world we actually don’t inhabit) as opposed to that real world we live in on a daily basis.
I’ve discovered I don’t have enough light coverings. I could use some jackets for those days in the spring, summer and fall that are sort of cool but when the sun comes up the temperature could heat considerably. I live in Victoria BC Canada which features weather much like the southern and south eastern area of England. I landed on the idea of making a Kimono style thinking it would be a perfect shape/jacket style in a number of different fibers from wool to rayon/linen. As I was reading the instructions to the Wiksten which is one of several patterns I’m committed to trying, my husband asked, “Would you make me one of those?” He NEVER asks that question. I was stunned and a little nervous but agreed. I’m finishing his collar today and can’t wait to make one of my own maybe 2! Love joining you in this walk down the coming trends for 2019. I’m not that big on trends 🙂 however I certainly don’t want to appear out of date either. But I’m totally on for comfort, lovely fabric, great fit and some flare and that’s basically the clothing I wear all the time. Next I have a few Ogden camis for summer that I need to get to in the next couple of months. I wear these in floaty Liberty cotton all summer around the house. I’ve got pants on my list for this year and have several patterns that I’m sure will work great for me. I joined the RTW 2018 Fast last year and it was so helpful in weaning me off buying clothes. I didn’t buy any! And now I know I can do that. In fact this year I’m on several bans including clothes and fabric. So far one month in I’m good. I must make some headway through my fabric. I see that my sewing has fallen far behind and that’s starting to feel like pressure which isn’t good. This is supposed to be just fun 🙂
I heard about that wardrobe styling course, Kathleen. It sounds great! I know what you mean about dressing for your real life versus dressing for your fantasy life. I’m getting better with that…sometimes. Love the idea of the Wiksten kimono as a lightweight topper. Now if you make one and wear it maybe belted (with a self-tie belt) over an Ogden and some wide leg pants…you’ll be right on trend 🙂
Thank you for this great post. I really enjoyed reading and imagining what I can include in my sewing plans for spring/summer. Been years, but I would love a jumpsuit, probably denim but with a drawstring waist. Mixed prints are tempting the examples here are stunning. Wishing you all the best for 2019.
Glad you enjoyed it, thanks Pat. A denim jumpsuit will be fab!
another great trend roundup Diane, I really enjoyed checking it out, and can see that there are some things that I might adopt.
Thanks, Sue! Yes, lots of inspiration. Glad you enjoyed it x