For the next 2 weeks, until February 14th, I’m sharing things I love. For the first day, February 1st, I’ll be honest with you – I love gingham. If you’re surprised, just take a look at your browser address. I love gingham so much, I named a website gingham. (The domain Gingham Girl was taken otherwise you could be reading Gingham Girl dot-com right now)
So, where did this love of gingham begin? Let’s go back in time…
In grade school, I had to wear a uniform to school every day. Once I entered sixth grade, we were allowed to skip the black-watch plaid jumpers and go with pants or skirts and white, red or blue tops. I wanted a coordinating vest to go with all colors (of course I did) and called every single store in town to find out if they sold “red, white, and blue plaid vests” but no one did. My mom ended up sewing me one (thanks Mom!) that was reversible with navy polyester fabric on the back side. Yes, it was the seventies and it was a check pattern otherwise known as gingham.
What can I say? I love to coordinate and have a pulled together look.
Maybe it’s not just the gingham of it all but more the pattern. Any pattern. Perhaps all those years working for Ralph Lauren where the encouraged “uniform” was pattern on pattern on pattern with a patterned scarf in your hair or a pocket square.
It’s handsome on men (especially my husband – and when he’s wearing a gingham dress shirt, I say “Oh, hon, thanks for branding for me) and looks great on women.
I love it for decorating with and adding contrast to a sewing project. My absolute favorite is cut and sewn on the bias (that’s on a 45 degree angle for all you non-sewers) with coordinating fabrics.
or even stamped on vinyl for a tablecloth like this one from our camping supplies.
Yes, it’s standard on a tablecloth but have you ever seen it on a bumper sticker?!
So, there you have it. The beginnings of a beautiful relationship – Gingham and me!
What’s your favorite fabric? Do you like plaids or stripes? Gingham or solid?
Read more about things I love here on my about page.