Now that we’ve hit mid-September, I feel that I can finally start thinking about Autumn/Winter sewing plans. I’m firmly in the camp that loves all things Autumn/Winter, from cosy jumpers and knitwear, to snuggly blankets and hot chocolate. I know, what a stereotype.
So, to get in the Autumnal mood, sewing-wise, I’ve put together a few of my favourite patterns that I’ve found when doing a bit of research. Of course, A/W (or maybe S/S) temperatures where you are will sway certain patterns more than others for you. But here’s some that took my fancy for fickle UK temperatures. My main criteria for these patterns are sleeves, can be worn with tights and/or is cosy.
I’ll also leave my personal A/W sewing plans at the end, including fabric choices.
- Rosery Apparel Rosa Dress
- By Hand London Elisalex Dress
- Tessa Roosa Veera Dress
- Fibre Mood Willa Dress
- Deer and Doe Passiflore Dress
- Homer and Howells Cissy Dress
- Fibre Mood Norma Blouse
- Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top
- By Hand London Sarah Shirt
- Atelier Scammit Vertige & Eugenie
- Seamwork Flor, Ace & Astoria
- Grainline Studios Linden Sweatshirt, Lark Tee & Archer Shirt
- Makyla Creates Blouse One
- Sew Over It Tulip Skirt, Ava Skirt & Ivy Skirt
- Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans & Opal Pants
- Cashmerette Ames Jeans
- Amy Nicole Studios Nita Trousers
- Papercut Patterns Twist Pants
Coats and Jackets
- Seamwork Liliana Jacket
- Sew Over It Cape, Chloe Coat and Suraya Jacket
- By Hand London Juliet Coat & Rumana Coat
- Vogue Vintage Coat V1669 & Trench V9369
- Sinclair Patterns Alba Knit Jacket
- Grainline Studios Tamarack Jacket & Cascade Duffle Coat
My A/W Sewing Plans
I’m trying to be a bit more considerate about what I’m making going forwards; thinking about the types of clothing and colours I actually wear. I’ve made a few things this summer that I would never buy and will likely sit unworn in my wardrobe.
In my professional life (pre-COVID), I wore a lot of blouses and shirts in either light or dark colourways. I never wore much colour, and that’s what I’m sticking with as you can see from my fabric swatches. Casually, I like things that I can wear with blue or black jeans, that can be both dressed up or dressed down.
I rarely wear dresses anymore so I’m trying to not buy or make many dress patterns at the moment – they wouldn’t get worn, whereas a few a-line, or mini-ish skirts will definitely be worn with tights once the cooler weather finally arrives. I do plan to make one dress though, a simple tea dress that can be worn casually and made super cosy with a big knitted cardigan.
I’m also trying to think practically. We’re still spending a lot of time at home, and COVID restrictions are tightening again in the UK, so I don’t want to make too many fancier items that will go unworn.
My biggest issue with these planned makes, though, is that they can’t really be worn together – I didn’t really think through my plans enough to create a cohesive mix and match collection. This is something that I’m going to focus on more when starting to plan for SS21.
One other thing that isn’t on my list is to try working with jersey and stretch materials for the first time. I have a RTW 3/4 length t-shirt that I absolutely love and is on it’s last legs. The TATB Agnes or SOI Audrey would work perfectly for this. Here’s to hoping I can replace my favourite top…
What are your plans this AW?