Fabric & Pattern Pairings for Autumn
Here is a list of fabrics that are perfect for autumnal weather and some pattern ideas to pair with them. You can click the link under each one if you wanted to directly browse the patterns related to a certain fabric.
Nothing says 'autumn' like a waxed cotton does. I love sewing light weight jackets with this fabric. A few things to consider are:
- it probably won't be completely waterproof, more like slightly water resistant. But it's great for a light shower and it also helps shield from the wind
- If your waxed cotton is slightly oily or wet to the touch then you'll need to add a lining.
- Some waxed cottons you can iron and some you can't. Try to find out from your supplier but you can also do a test on some scrap. Always use a cloth between the iron and the fabric and select a low heat setting.
Shop Patterns for Waxed Cotton: Potters Jacket, Over Shirt or even an oversized Unisex Shirt to wear as a light jacket.
I have yet to sew with any sort of quilted fabric but I do have some in my stash so maybe this will be the year for it. I think it would be gorgeous to have a quilted Potters Jacket or Over Shirt (you could potentially leave out the collar and just add the collar stand on its own) or even a quilted Cara Top for layering with.
Shop Patterns for Quilting: Potters Jacket, Over Shirt & Cara Top
Brushed denim is what dreams are made of. Nearly all of our patterns would work in this lovely fabric.
Unisex Shirt, Over Shirt, Classic Shirt, Frida Shirt, Celia Dress, Spring Trousers - and if it’s a sturdy one you could also make the Daphne Trousers and Worker Trousers.
By classic I'm picturing a beautiful mid/heavy weight in an incredible shade of blue. I've always pictured a heavier denim Celia Dress for cooler months and of course the usual Workers and Daphnes are absolute wardrobe staples. I'd also love to see a heavy denim Potters Jacket, perhaps unlined and with binding around the inside facing...
Shop Patterns for Denim: Celia Dress, Worker Trousers, Daphne Trousers, Over Shirt, Potters Jacket
I don't have a great deal of gingham in my wardrobe but again, maybe this is the year for it. You can play with the direction of the grain potentially do details such as patch pockets and plackets on the bias to get a nice contrast in the design. Just be careful to pattern match where you can to avoid seams with a clashing pattern placement.
Shop Patterns for Gingham: Celia Dress, Spring Trousers, Classic Shirt, Frida Shirt, Over Shirt
Corduroy & Needlecord
I'm on the hunt for heavenly cords this season. Corduroy is your classic chunky cord and needlecord is much finer and works beautifully for shirts and dresses. This is high on the agenda for me this autumn.
Patterns for Corduroy: Over Shirt, Worker Trousers, Daphne Trousers, Spring Trousers, Potters Jacket
Patterns for Needlecord: Over Shirt, Spring Trousers, Unisex Shirt, Classic Shirt, Celia Dress, Frida Shirt
I haven't worked with wool suiting before and I'm looking forward to starting. This fabric needs a pattern with drape and a feeling of elegance. You can find some beautiful colours of wool suiting which is why I mention it here - think more of a modern rethinking of a traditional fabric.
Spring Trousers, Celia Dress, Unisex Shirt, Over Shirt
Light wool felt
This one is maybe for later in the winter but it gets a little mention here. I've seen a number of lovely Over Shirts in wool felts and they look so useful and robust.
Over Shirt, Potters Jacket
Heavy Brushed twill
I can't leave without mentioning brushed twill, what a beautiful fabric when you get a high quality one (I know Merchant & Mills do the absolute best heavy brushed twills). I've (rather surprisingly) made a pair of Spring Trousers in this fabric and they're so dramatic and cosy to wear.
Worker Trousers, Daphne Trousers, Spring Trousers, Over Shirt, Potters Jacket