What’s sprouting up for Spring in the Rosehip studio? Plaids … in combed cotton, crisp linen, and lightweight worsted wool.

Perhaps my fondness for plaid fabric is a result of 1) a bit of ‘Highland’ blood (our family crest), 2) a background as a weaver, 3) a decade in the classroom teaching Textile Science to fashion students, and 4) a personality that loves the tailoring challenges this classic textile presents.

When plaids are perfectly matched and sewn at the seamline, the overall effect is effortless, and noticeable only for the newly created angles as a secondary design element. If the plaid patterns are ‘even a bit off’ at the seamline, eyes zoom right in on the jarringly mis-matched lines.








A plaid (or Tartan) pattern in fabrics really is a science, and is created using a weaving design process known as ‘colour-and-weave’. Colour variety can be created as one coloured thread intersects with a second coloured thread, just as a painter mixes two colours together to create a third.  The total number of colours in the finished weave increases quadratically with the number of thread colours. For example, six thread colours can produce a total of twenty-one different colours. Therefore the more colours used, the more blurred and subdued the plaid pattern becomes.    more on Tartan textile design & history

A classic and popular year-round pattern, plaid works well for casual and semi-dressy occasions, and can mix in with most wardrobes. For a fun & individual style statement, wear your plaid hat with other plaids in your wardrobe – shirts, socks, jacket, etc.  (.. I looove this guy’s mix-and-match plaid – brilliant!)

Washed, beach-y colours and various neutral plaids patchworked together into funky designs.











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