My Favourite Autumn Winter 2018 Sewing Makes

My Favourite Autumn Winter 2018 Sewing Makes

Looking for some inspo for sewing projects to brighten up your Autumn Winter wardrobe? Want to make garments you'll wear time and time again? Here I share my favourite Autumn Winter makes, which I'm reaching for week after week. Tried and tested and very much loved. I hope you like them too!


Hi and welcome to the Sew Essential vlog. I'm very excited to talk to you today because I'll be sharing some of my favourite Autumn Winter makes. I haven't done a vlog like this for ages so it's lovely to be back.

As always you can find all of the patterns and most of the patterns on our website here. If a particular fabric has sold out there's always a lovely alternative.

McCalls 7381 Dress in Peaseblossom Fabric

The Fabric

The first sewing project I want to talk to you about is my lovely yellow dress. This is our gorgeous John Kaldor peaseblossom fabric in saffron. As you'd expect it is the most beautiful quality, washes and wears brilliantly and as a polyester crepe it has lovely drape and movement, perfect for this dress pattern.

The Sewing Pattern

The pattern is McCalls 7381. It is a fantastic pattern with some extremely pretty details, but is an incredibly easy make.

The details include shoulder pleats, pleats at the waist and a curved waist seam, which have a very flattering effect. It has an elasticated back bodice making it nice and easy to fit there. Then there are the lovely balloon sleeves, which are gathered and finished with a neat little cuff.

I decided not to line the bodice as suggested and created my own bias binding instead. I'm really pleased with the finish and wrote a blog post about five ways to make bias binding.

I made the cuffs slightly tighter than suggested because I didn't want them to be too loose, but made sure I tested them before sewing.

All in all I'm really pleased with how this dress turned out. It is ideal for those situations where you need to look smart but not feel too dressy and I love the retro vibe.

Jalie Eleonore Pull on Jeans Pattern

The Sewing Pattern

These jeans were the first pair I've ever made and the Eleonore pull on jeans pattern was the perfect way to dip my toes in the sewing jeans waters.

It is a pull on jeans (AKA jegging) pattern so no tricky lapped zips. Plus there is a very succinct, full length video on YouTube which shows you step by step how to make them.

I had a lot of fitting woes with this one, which was to be expected on my first time sewing fitted trousers. Firstly I cut two sizes too big - not a good start!

The main issue I faced was huge amounts of excess fabric at the back of my thighs, which I found to be a common problem when I 'Googled' it. I tried a few different fixes and in the end the one that worked best was recommended by Heather Lou of Closet Case patterns. We stock all of her patterns here.

Heather Lou suggested dropping the crotch curve at the back, which I did and then eased the excess fabric in. It worked a treat.

I managed to take in the excess fabric at the hips at the side seams and at the waist with the waistband. It isn't perfect, there are a few puckers, but these jeans are so comfortable, I love them.

Simplicity 8608 Wrap Dress Pattern

The Fabric

This dress is the gift that keeps on giving. I made it in the summer and wore it with flip flops or dressed it up with strappy heels. Now the cooler weather has arrived I've been layering it with a cami and cardi or leather jacket and teaming it with ankle boots. It is comfortable and easy to wear and I love it.

The fabric was this lovely floral print viscose fabric which is still available on the site.

The Pattern

The Simplicity 8608 pattern was a super easy make. It is an elasticated blouson waist so very easy to fit. The only adjustment I made was to bring the shoulder seams forward, which is a standard adjustment for me. I also hand stitched the overlap down to make sure it didn't gape and changed the sleeves. Rather than the flared sleeve suggested in the pattern I made a three quarter sleeve with a cuff for a more casual and practical version.

New Look 1370 Scuba Skirt

The Fabric

This might not be the most exciting garment I've ever made, but it is certainly one of my most worn. I wear it at least once every week during the winter. The fabric is our black scuba and is very reasonably priced. You can find it here. It is warm, comfortable and stretchy making fitting easy. What's not to love?

The Pattern

The pattern is New Look 1370 and is a super easy make. I added an exposed zip for a bit of interesting detail, but it was still so quick and easy to whip up.

Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse

The Fabric

Sadly this lovely fabric is no longer available, but we have a great range of viscose, crepe and polyester fabrics available on the site that would be perfect. You can find them here.

The Pattern

The pussy bow blouse by Sew Over It is still one of my favourite ever makes. There are no fastenings so it is quick and easy to make. I love the bow and the cute details such as the gathered sleeve and cuff with button and loop. I normally struggle with the fit in woven tops across my back and in the shoulder area and only had to make slight forward shoulder adjustments to this pattern.

I love wearing it with skirts or jeans for a smart but feminine look.

So I hope you've enjoyed that little round up and I'll look forward to sharing some more with you next time.

Have fun sewing!


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