Stripes and Checks and Plaids...OH MY!

Posted on July 17, 2015 by valerie wyatt

In its simplest definition, patterns are created through repeated decorative designs. Whether man-made designs or natural motifs, our eye looks for discernible regularities in the every-day world. Let us take a closer look inside the swatch sphere.

Stripes:

 

Marc Jacobs Ecru and Baked Apple Red Awning Stripe Cotton Woven

Marc Jacobs Ecru and Baked Apple Red Awning Stripe Cotton Woven

Awning Stripe- Just as the name suggests, awning stripes are reminiscent of sunshade fabric and refer to stripes that are wider than ¼” and generally consist of solid colored stripes on a white background. Awning stripes are vertical and even through out the fabric.

 

Italian Blue & White Bengal Striped Cotton Denim

Italian Blue & White Bengal Striped Cotton Denim

Bengal Stripe- Typically, Bengal stripes are approximately ¼” in width making them narrower than awning stripes but wider than candy stripes. Bengal stripes usually consist of solid colored stripes on a white background.

 

Black/Beige Candy Striped Sheer Woven

Black/Beige Candy Striped Sheer Woven

Candy Stripe- Wider than pencil stripes but thinner than Bengal stripes, Candy stripes are about 1/8” in width and are characterized by solid stripes on a white background. The name was acquired from the stripe pattern on stick candy.

 

Italian Icy Pale Lavender and White Pencil Striped Cotton Shirting

Italian Icy Pale Lavender and White Pencil Striped Cotton Shirting

Pencil Stripe- Also known as dress stripes, Pencil stripes refer to stripes that are thinner than candy stripes but wider than pinstripes. The width between stripes can vary but generally they are uneven meaning there is more white than color.

 

Ralph Lauren Super 110 Striped Wool Suiting vs. Italian Navy Pin Striped Blended Linen Woven

Ralph Lauren Super 110 Striped Wool Suiting vs. Italian Navy Pin Striped Blended Linen Woven

Pinstripe vs. Chalk stripe- Thin, vertical and narrower than pencil stripes, Pin stripes are typically one to two yarns thick and are sometimes broken. The widths between the stripes can vary but are always wider apart than hairline stripes. Chalk stripes look as though you drew a line down the fabric with tailors chalk, the raised ridges of twill are then highlighted white. Chalk stripe can also be referred to as rope stripe as it resembles a braided rope.

 

Theory Eclipse Blue/White Striped Cotton Shirting

Theory Eclipse Blue/White Striped Cotton Shirting

Hairline Stripe- As the name implies, Hairline stripes are thin stripes about the width of a hair and are spaced very close together giving the fabric a textured solid effect.

 

Multicolor Blue Bar Code Striped Cotton-Lycra Woven

Multicolor Blue Bar Code Striped Cotton-Lycra Woven

Bar code Stripe- Resembling the lines on a bar code, Bar code stripes consist of different sized stripes closely spaced together. Generally bar code stripes consist of two colors or variegated tones of one color.

 

Italian Blue and Black Regimental Striped Polyester Woven

Italian Blue and Black Regimental Striped Polyester Woven

Regimental Stripe- Popular in menswear, Regimental stripes once dictated what club or group you were involved in, the combination of striped colors signified different organizations. Although today the regimental stripe does not hold meaning by American standard, it is still used for preppy ties and the like. Traditionally, the regimental stripe runs diagonally through the tie.

 

Charcoal Gray and Dark Coffee Shadow Striped Silk Twill

Charcoal Gray and Dark Coffee Shadow Striped Silk Twill

Shadow Stripe- Consisting of vertical stripes with another stripe directly adjacent to it or bordering it- creating a shadow effect. Shadow stripes consist of two or three different colors and often vary in width.

 

Red Ticking Striped Cotton Seersucker

Red Ticking Striped Cotton Seersucker

Ticking Stripe- Once used exclusively as a utility fabric for mattresses and pillows, it was a tightly woven cotton or linen textile that prevented down feathers from poking through. Commonly woven in muted colors such as brown, gray and blue on a neutral background, Ticking now evokes a homespun or industrial aesthetic.

 

Checks:

Cream and Black Buffalo Check Cotton

Cream and Black Buffalo Check Cotton

Buffalo Check- Similar to gingham but very large, Buffalo Check or Plaid, almost looks like individual repetitive blocks rather than a check pattern. Buffalo Check has said to have been named after the herd of buffalo owned by the plaid's designer in the 1850s and is most commonly found in white or red.

 

Forest Green Textured Gingham Cotton Shirting

Forest Green Textured Gingham Cotton Shirting

Gingham- Distinguished by even-sized checks, Gingham is formed by horizontal and vertical stripes of two shades of the same color on a white background.

 

Black Houndstooth Polyester Brocade

Black Houndstooth Polyester Brocade

Houndstooth- Houndstooth check is a pattern that consists of distorted, pointy shaped checks arranged in a tessellation that resembles a hound’s tooth. Most commonly found in black and white, houndstooth in now offered in a variety of combinations.

 

Tan and Blue Windowpane Check Wool Suiting

Tan and Blue Windowpane Check Wool Suiting

Windowpane/Graph Check- Simply put, Windowpane check looks like the panes on a window consisting of solid, thin, single colored stripes that cross each other. Graph check pattern differs from windowpane check in that graph check features stripes that are thinner and closer together than in windowpane checks.

 

Black, Blue and Gray Sheperd's Check Poly-Lycra Woven

Black, Blue and Gray Sheperd's Check Poly-Lycra Woven

Sheperd’s Check- A twill weave of small, even-sized colored and white checks, Sheperd’s Check is similar to gingham but features the visible twill weave which sets it apart.

 

Lavender and Orchid Tattersall 100% Cotton Shirting

Lavender and Orchid Tattersall 100% Cotton Shirting

Tattersall Check- Featuring regularly spaced vertical and horizontal stripes, Tattersall check is unique in the sense that it features repeated alternating colors of stripes that can be in two or three different colors.

 

Powder Blue Pin Check Textured Cotton Shirting

Powder Blue Pin Check Textured Cotton Shirting

Pin Check- So small, it may look like dots to the human eye, however Pincheck is actually a pin-sized stripe. The pattern is composed of a singular color and white so it is seemingly a solid color from afar.

 

Plaids:

Ralph Lauren Wheat Glen Plaid Cashmere Suiting

Ralph Lauren Wheat Glen Plaid Cashmere Suiting

Glen Plaid- Also known as Glenurquhart check or Prince of Wales check, glen plaid is a woven twill design composed of small and large checks. Generally there are two dark and two light stripes that alternate with four dark stripes and four light stripes, this creates a crossing of irregular checks.

 

Ralph Lauren Multicolor Madras Plaid Silk Shantung

Ralph Lauren Multicolor Madras Plaid Silk Shantung

Madras Plaid- Originating in a city in East India, formerly Madras, this summer style fabric is distinguished by a pattern of colorful checks and stripes and is often found in a patchwork options. Often thought of as a “preppy” pattern for shorts and casual shirts, Madras plaid has a young spirit due to its uneven checks.

 

Off-White/Clay/Navy/Powder Blu Tartan Plaid Shirting

Off-White/Clay/Navy/Powder Blu Tartan Plaid Shirting

Tartan or Plaid- First and foremost, all tartans are plaids but all plaids are not tartan. Both plaids (below) and tartans (above) are comprised of stripes that meet in a 90 degree angle. What sets tartan apart is that their pattern features stripes that run vertically and are exactly duplicated on the horizontal axis. Two of the most well known plaids are Black Watch and Royal Stewart. In a plaid, you will notice that the stripes (either in color, size, or pattern) are not the same in both directions.

Forest/Yellow/Red/Navy/White Plaid Coating

Forest/Yellow/Red/Navy/White Plaid Coating

Stripes and Checks and Plaids...OH MY! - Mood Sewciety
FREE SHIPPING DOMESTIC ORDERS $100+
Home Website Updates Stripes and Checks and Plaids…OH MY!