Monday, December 12, 2011

Knowledge for Sewers: Patterns

There are about 40 different patterns that can be woven or printed on to fabrics. Most of the time, these patterns just get lumped into "solid", "striped', or "plaid." Today, I'm going to tell you the proper names for the most common apparel fabric patterns; just in case you go back in time and you land on a game show called "Name that Pattern" you may be able to win a new clock radio.

Here we go.

Tone-on-Tone Check
Usually a four-color pattern of overlapping stripes.

A pattern using multiple colors of overlapping stripes, commonly woven in wool.

A two-color pattern, often found on cotton.

Buffalo Plaid
A two-color pattern, similar to Gingham only larger, and commonly used on flannel.

 Shepard's Check
A two-color pattern made of dashed stripes, creating solid squares at the intersections.
A two-color pattern made of broken checks.

 Grain Check
A two to four-color pattern made with miniature broken checks.
A diamond pattern distinguished by diagonal intersecting lines.
A two-color pattern with narrow intersecting lines, usually making perfect squares.

Usually a three-color pattern made of narrow evenly spaced and overlapping stripes creating squares.

 Pin Stripe
A two-color pattern with parallel running stripes the width of a single thread.
 Hickory Stripe
A two-color pattern with parallel running stripes, all equal in width.
        A two-color pattern that resembles a broken zigzag.
        Also called a twill weave.       
A droplet shaped motif of Persian origin.

Now you know.


  1. JessieDec 12, 2011 12:10 PM
    Is it weird that I really love this post? I've been wondering what to call Shepard's Check since I used it to back a quilt this last summer. Thanks for the info. I knew a lot of them, but definitely learned a few things, too.
  2. LynetteDec 12, 2011 03:19 PM
    I don't think it's weird that you love this. I do too.
  3. MegsDec 12, 2011 03:36 PM
    Since it's my last name, can I rename Shepard's Check to Shepherd's Check? :D

    Kidding! I love this post. I've always wondered what tattersall looked like.
  4. FashionArtprojects.comDec 29, 2011 01:16 PM
    Thanks for putting this together! we just featured it on our facebook page!

Thanks for the note!