Top Sewing Trends Autumn/Winter 2017

My favourite thing about the arrival of a new season is the exciting new sewing projects. I love nothing more than leafing my way through a fashion magazine spotting the trends I plan to sew. Here is a quick round up of some of the key trends this season and the patterns and fabrics you can use to recreate them. Fear not, the focus is firmly on wearable garments rather than crazy fashion fads.

Dark Florals

One of my favourite trends this season are the beautiful florals perfect for brightening up those dull winter days.

Dark Florals Trend

Wrap dresses in floaty, woven fabrics are a prominent trend. Team with ankle boots and a leather biker jacket for an up to date look or with a smart tailored coat and court shoes for classic style. Recreate the look with this 70s inspired pattern...

Sew Over It Eve Dress any of these dreamy fabrics.

Dark Floral Fabrics

From left to right floral double georgette, polyester crepe in black, red and olive and polyester crepe in black, pink and blue.

Alternatively these delightfully drapey fabrics would make a very pretty 70s inspired pussy bow blouse.

Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse

Another option is this Vogue pattern,  a truly timeless classic. I love view B with it's collar, three quarter length sleeves and straight skirt. It would be the perfect excuse to sew up this stunning floral scuba. You can read about sewing with scuba here.

Vogue 8784 and Dark Floral Scuba Fabric



Suits and suiting are everywhere. The good news is, anything goes from oversized boyish tailoring to a more traditional fit. Grey checked fabrics are certainly very popular and I also spotted those timeless classics dogtooth and boucle.

Suiting Trend

This pattern would make a lovely classic trouser suit...

Trouser Suit Pattern

...and would work very well in any of these fabrics...

Suiting Fabrics

Clockwise from top left Grey Prince of Wales suiting, grey mini herringbone suiting, black and white dogtooth suiting and geometric suiting in grey and blue.

Another option would be to make a simple jacket such as this stylish collarless number. Our boucle suiting fabric would be ideal.

Collarless Jacket Sewing Pattern and Boucle Suiting Fabric

If you're nervous about tailoring read up on Angela's top tailoring tips here. Don't forget we have the interfacings, shoulder pads and tapes you need here too.

Red To Toe

If you haven't already noticed red is the colour of the season. There's something for everyone from all out pillar box red to more understated berry tones. The good news is we have a whole raft of fabrics in these shades to choose from.

Red Trend

Our Prestige crepe is available in plum, red and wine. The most beautiful quality and with excellent drape it is perfect for party dresses.

Red Fabrics

Pair it with this contemporary shift dress pattern, perfect for shimmying across that dancefloor. Or how about this stylish jumpsuit pattern so you can really bust some moves?!

New Look and Butterick Pattern

Our satin backed crepe in burgundy, Duchesse satin and taffeta in scarlet and faux silk dupion in wine are also guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball.

If you fancy a super comfy and cosy option tick two trend boxes at once with our sumptuous stretch velvet in wine. You could have this simple swing dress knocked up in no time.

Stretch Velvet Fabric and Easy Knit Swing Dress Pattern

If you're looking for tips for sewing with velvet you can find them here.

If you're looking to make everyday wear our gorgeously soft and cosy Isabella wool jersey is available in red.

Faux Fur

Why not push the boat out and try sewing with faux fur this winter? This is another major Autumn Winter trend at all the big design houses.

Faux Fur Trend

We have the most luxurious Astrakhan fur, so super soft and shiny you will want to stroke it all day long.

Zhivago Astrakhan Fabric

This McCalls pattern gives you a number of options to try. I love view D and know I would treasure it forever. A gilet is a great little project and this Simplicity pattern is a nice, simple make.

McCalls and Simplicity


If fur isn't your thing try a belted coat or jacket with a cinched in waist. This pattern from the new Simplicity range would look great in one of our wool mix coating fabrics. I would choose our plain wool poly available in kingfisher, cranberry or charcoal for view A or our wine and pink tweed for view D.

Fabrics and Pattern

We recently added a new range of coating fabrics to the site, which you can find here.

Now what better to do than cosy up indoors and sew those trends.

Have fun sewing!


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