I have always had an affinity for gingham fabric. It makes me think of Brigit Bardot, sunny days and picnics—a visual we could all use right about now. I like its playful vintage quality and also its versatility in projects. While the polar vortex has yet to loosen its grip, it’s never too early to start dreaming of spring.

If you’re a vintage-loving gal like me, a classic checkered dress might inspire you. But if you’re looking to utilize the textile in a fresh new way, try a full skirt with quilted pattern pieces like this one. Or jump right into the trend with a darling (and supremely practical) romper like this little number. Heck, you could go full-on Betty Draper with an easy-to-make apron or look like you stepped off the cat walk in a sassy cocktail dress.

If, on the other hand, you’d rather ditch the ultra-girly theme altogether, gingham fabric can be put to good use like any plaid. Maybe a basic pocketed button-up like this or this? Add a collar and it can also be pretty darn sophisticated. I couldn’t help but be charmed by these jacquard Bermuda shorts—I picture them fitting in just right at a delightful garden party.

So, what do you think? Are you in love with the retro print as much as I am?

March 06, 2014 — Shopify API