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Check in with gingham this summer! This classic fabric is a warm weather favorite that's begging to join your wardrobe!

Gingham is a classic fabric created over four hundred years ago. We all know its classic checkered appearance, however the word gingham was also used for striped fabrics and plaids made with cotton all the way back to the Victorian era! To see more vintage inspiration for gingham click here to see Amy's post on the history of gingham.

The most common type of gingham is yarn dyed, however printed gingham is available as well. Yarn dyed gingham is near perfectly balanced, with two right sides; just be careful to keep track of which side you have picked as the right side. The straight of grain is also plainly evident, no measuring required making cutting a breeze! 

Creative Ideas for Gingham!

 Gingham is so classic that we can forget how versatile it can be! We've compiled our favorite uses for gingham you may like to try.

Keep it Classic!

If you've never tried working with gingham, try our Easy Top and Tunic that Amy wore during our Me Made May campaign!

Mixing sizes!

One simple way to use gingham is to pair different scales together to create a contrasting detail. Here we show it used on the pockets of our Everyday Dress (left) , join our Facebook Group for this FREE pattern. On the right see the Indygo Essentials Shift Dress. Notice how the two different scales on each pocket make an eye-catching accent.


Bind edges with a bias strip of gingham! Here is our Everyday Tank and also try the Turn About Tank with the ruffle on the bias! Look for us to share that version in a future blog.

Cut on the Bias!

Try cutting yokes on the bias for a new look like we did on our Slight Sleeve Top and Tunic, or you could cut a whole pattern on the bias for the Easy Top and Tunic giving the gingham a more modern look!

Little ones love gingham too!

Gingham is also great for children's clothes, try it on our Pint Sized Pinafore!

We made our Everyday Dress out of gingham when we first redesigned this pattern. Amy wore it during Me Made May #mmmay18 on our Instagram feeds! You can get this pattern for yourself by joining our Indygo Junction Sewing Pattern Group on Facebook. Learn more about the Everyday Dress on our YouTube Channel here


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Indygo Junction on

The fabrics in this post are mostly Cotton and Steel and Riley Blake, but we also love the ginghams from Robert Kaufman as well!

As for your question about the Cap Sleeve Tunic, we have sent you an email with further details on that pattern!

Pat G on

Love the gingham,always have. Does anyone remember learning chicken scratch?

Kathy on

Love gingham! Your use of it is lovely. I am so excited to try it.

Jill Platt on

Love the gingham, where did you get it? What fabric line? Please let me know. Also, about to make the cape sleeve tunic and measured some of my tops. I came in a size small in your patterns but I usually buy a petite medium size. Should I a make a muslin pattern tester first? Do your pattern run true to size?

Kathleen A Kolb on

great article and love the gingham in every style…which to make first? Thanks for the inspiration

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