The holidays are in our midst, and with them come a slew of inevitable parties filled with delicious baked goods, smiling faces and loads of style. What more could anyone ask for? If you’re hoping to make the perfect festive piece for your next soiree, I have two words for you: jacquard fabric. The fabric has the sheen of sequins without the risk of tackiness, the formality of satin with much more spirit. Basically, it’s perfectly fancy while still being playful. It also happens to never go out of style.

Need some inspiration? I adore this ‘60s design from Topshop, the silhouette is nostalgic but minimal, allowing for the lustrous fabric to really shine. But don’t be afraid to get more intricate! This is the perfect material to toy with pleats, gathers and ruffles. This draped Marchesa dress proves just that.

On the other hand, vibrant crimson like Ann Taylor’s flounce dress hits just the right holiday note—just picture this with loads of glittery bling. Mhm! As a firm believer that floral is never out of season, don’t resist going girly in a brocade garden of box pleats like this A.B.S. gem. Remember: Red lipstick has the power to winter-ize any look.

Now it’s time for technique. Jacquard fabric is notoriously fray-happy. Again, this is a project where you’ll want to get out that Fray Check. Alternatively, you can also use those French seams we talked about to create a clean finish. You’ll want to cut right before you sew, before those unwoven threads get away from you! Bias facings or serged edges would also be smart solutions.

Otherwise, have fun with this fabric and the beautifully crisp silhouettes it can make.

December 06, 2013 — Shopify API