The year was 1991 and The Gap had just opened a store at the mall and at their grand opening, they featured the ironic combination of workman’s chambray and preppy plaid. It was a pretty combo and I totally loved it. As a matter of fact, one of my very first sartorial purchases included a chambray shirt and pair of red plaid shorts from The Gap. I’ve been mad about plaid (and chambray) ever since.
The other day, I created six plaid patterns for my Colour Lover post. And yet, even after the post was published, I couldn’t stop tinkering with the web application I used to create these patterns. Tartan Maker is a wonderful (and addicting) resource, brought to us by the same folks who created Stripe Generator. With Tartan Maker, you can create any plaid from 2 to 10 color bands of varying widths and you’re not restricted to creating just plaid — you can make gingham and you can make “graph paper”, too. The design possibilities are endless.
I made 45 patterns last night and you’re welcome to download them. I also included some “paper scrap” samples for you to play around with. :)
If you want to make plaid patterns from scratch using Adobe Photoshop, check out these fun tutorials: