Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June Trends Alert

by Amy of ViennasGrace

Gucci spring/summer 2013

Elie Saab did it and so did Ralph Lauren, a big summer fashion trend that is showing up from ready to wear to high end fashion, ruffles. Sometimes as a dramatic flounce flowing down a caftan, an asymmetric jabot placed perfectly on a one shoulder blouse, or feminine ruffles spinning around a soft tiered floral skirt.

Ralph Lauren spring/summer 2013

We see the changes in the use of ruffles throughout the decades in our sewing patterns. In the 1940s an 
off the shoulder blouse or sundress frequently had a single or double ruffled neckline. Late 50s and early 60s used ruffles more as a trim, showing up on collars or finishing off hem lines. The 70s disco scene had a great look, using soft cascading waves down the front of a wrap dress. Let’s not forget the 1980s use of ruffles, blouses adorned with high neck jabots and the multi tiered skirts seen on numerous prom dresses and bridal gowns.

Top row CherryCorners Butterick 3511, AdeleBeeAnnPatterns Butterick 4801, CloesCloset Vogue 2218, retromonkeys Simplicity 1628

So as the peak of summer is nearly here, keep the fashion savvy seamstress in mind. She won’t be shopping in the high dollar designer stores, She will be hunting for the latest summer trends in all our lovely vintage patterns. Use your listing descriptions and tags creatively so she can easily find that special blouse with rows of ruffles and that perfect glamorous party dress with a flounce.


  1. Great post, I'll have to get out all my ruffly, flouncy patterns!

  2. OMG! I love these dresses! I wish I had the lifestyle and figure to wear the white dress and yellow dress. Alas, maybe in my next life. Great idea for a blog post. Well done VG.

  3. Such gorgeous dresses! Great pattern choices! I also wish I had the body for that white dress...

  4. I'll take the one with the red rosette. But they are all gorgeous as are the models wearing them. Good fashion advice. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for the trend update. I'm happily awaiting the arrival of my gathering and ruffle sewing machine foot I ordered two weeks ago.

  6. I love this trend update! The dresses are fantastic and after the June Black Tie Blitz I know there will be many ruffles and flounces in our shops!