Sewing Fashion Trends: Oriental

Japanese and the oriental always fascinates me, I love the colours, textiles, architecture and the history, not to mention the fashion, so it's no surprise I'm quite taken with this trend!

 After last years spring summer trend for neutrals and lady like style it's no surprise to see a contrast. The sophistication of the lady like trend continues but this time inspired by the orient. Lot's of  kimono styles appearing in both jacket and dress form, along with oriental colours from red and white to more vivid flashes of purple and orange. This is one trend I'm sewing in to.                                                           
Oriental dress by Aquilano.Rimond 


                                                                                                       Outfit designs both by  Etro

                                                              Altuzarra                                                      Dries van Noten

If like me you want would rather 'sew' into the trend than buy into it then here are a few patterns to inspire you...........

Newlook Workroom
Newlook workroom patterns are leading the trend. Pattern no 6120 is a lovely dress and the belt could always be made in an assortment of colours to change it up whilst pattern number 6126 is more of a nod towards the trend  and would look great as a beach cover-up or thrown on with leggings.
The bottom pattern is burda style #116 from issue 02/2012. This is certainly more traditional but you could go one further if your nifty with a pattern, shorten the length and add a two/three peplum layers and make it up in fabric with more body and hey presto you have an Altuzarra esk jacket.

My Version
I've already jumped on the trend with my easy kaftan top and I'm already planning on making a longer version in an oriental print! 

Catwalk images from
pattern images from
burda image from

Pssst..... This trend also looks to be sticking around for autumn/winter too!