Haute stuff: My top 5 autumn trends…and patterns to sew your own

While most people are lamenting the end of summer, I’m getting really excited for the new season; clearly the back-to-school feeling of a fresh start has never left me!

However, as much as I love to track the seasonal trends, I think it’s really important to make sure you’re making (or buying) clothes that you’ll love year in year out. So herein is my round up of the trends for autumn/winter, but ones that you’ll want to wear well after this whirlwind of a year is over…

Pump up the volume

Big sleeves are still everywhere!!!  They’ve been around for a while and from the look of it, they are here to stay. The easiest hack for this would be to make a mega gathered sleeve, but if you’re after some patterns to satisfy your sleeve needs, the Thea Boho Sleeve Shirt from Liberty, the Lima Dress from Cosedo Studios, and the Cologne blouse from Bella Loves are right up your street.

Check it out

A little bit 90s grunge, a little bit Clueless, this one could be slightly tricky to work into everyday life without looking like you’re going to a fancy dress party. However, if you avoid a yellow matchy two piece, I’d say you’re good to go. The neckline of this Kenneth Ize dress really echoes the Lempi shirtdress by Named, and this grunge-inspired slip dress from Monse could be recreated with the Sicily Slip Dress from Sewing Patterns by Masin.

The swing of things  

One design house (for me, anyway!) summed up all the trends in one beautiful collection. Marc Jacobs’ show threw in preppy masculinity, checks, bold red, capes, power shoulders, mega sleeves, glitz and glam, all with a smattering of 60s cool. The glorious swing coats could be recreated with the Marte Coat by Melilot, the Ninot jacket from Pauline Alice has that cute, preppy vibe, and that GORGEOUS boxy jacket could be yours with the Pona Jacket from Helen’s Closet.

(Wo)Man about town

Androgynous looks offer up opportunities to make some separates that you can mix and match for seasons to come. You can’t go wrong with a white shirt, can you?  I’m planning on making a white Saraste shirt from Named’s book Breaking the Pattern, but the Frances Shirt from DG Patterns and the Lucienne from I Am Patterns would add a tailored edge to your outfit.

And for the trousers, the Portobello pattern from Nina Lee, the Georgie Trouser from Fieldwork Patterns and the Florence Trousers from SIZE:me would finish off that Annie Hall-inspired look perfectly.

Collarback girl

This one is quite an easy trend to get behind, as you could make detachable collars that can be placed on existing garments. I have the Simplicity 1727 but can’t see it in stock anywhere, so eBay may be your friend for that one! One pattern with a really gorgeous collar like the Marc Jacobs one (far right) is on the Kitty Dress from Maven Patterns. 

However, a collar with added oomph is ideal to create through a bit of pattern hacking – just take a pattern with a collar and extend away! I hacked the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress to make a Miu Miu inspired dress with a mega collar, so you don’t always need to look to buy something new.

If you want to go hardcore with the seasonal trends, others you could try are fringing and tassels (too much for the return to the office?), all-out gold, and bold red dresses. Happy autumn sewing!


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