Melanie from A Sewing Journal joins us with her monthly look at trends in the handmade community. Find more from Melanie at A Sewing Journal, Twitter and Facebook.

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In this month’s trends article, I’m looking at a few trends that have been around awhile as well as a couple of new ones. I think in the handmade community we tend to hold on to our beloved trends because we when we make something we love we intend to continue loving it.

A great look for fall or spring (or anytime, really!), patchwork dresses and/or skirts. Clockwise from top left: Patchwork dress by Life Is Art, Chambray and patchwork skirt by House on Hill Road, Jane Dress by little ticket, Back To School Tunic Dress (tutorial) by Me Sew Crazy for Sew,Mama,Sew!

A big bow on your skirt or dress. So pretty! Clockwise from left: Peetra Sunday Best Dress by white jupiter dreams, 1001 Peeps Enchanted Bow Skirt (free pattern) by Make Something, Bog Dreaming Bow by Pat Bravo, Double Layer Pillowcase Dress (tutorial) by Aesthetic Nest.

We still love patchwork on linen, a trend that is definitely sticking around! Clockwise from top left: The Kidlet tote made by Teaginney Designs from a pattern by Jennifer Casa, patchwork bib by chick chick sewing, Linen Patchwork Potholders by Anita Handmade Goodness, coin purse by i heart linen.

Red and aqua has been a favorite among the handmade community for quite awhile and I see it lasting for quite awhile longer. Clockwise from top left: Pinwheels in the Park (pattern + tutorial) by Four Wise Monkeys for Sew,Mama,Sew!, 14th of July Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew, farmer’s wife blocks by Camille Roskelley, farmer’s wife quilt block by Lovely Little Handmades, Easy as Pie quilt by crazy mom quilts.

Orange is showing up in a lot of the latest fabric collections. Clockwise from top left: Ornate Floral Amber from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Bandana Blooms Orange from Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O Cake Designs, Striped Daisy Marigold from Treasures and Tidbits by Piece O Cake Designs, Blockade Blossom Amber from Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, Hugs and Kisses Scotch from LouLouThi by Anna Maria Horner, Leaves Orange from Too Muchery by Helen Dardik, Fiji Orange from Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow.