Trending: ‘Warmdrobe’ Sewing Patterns

We spotted the fashion term ‘warmdrobe‘ recently and thought, yes, that’s what our handmade wardrobes need – an injection of cosy layers. I love to add layers to keep the cold at bay. I rely on a minimum of three during the winter and always have a pair of woolly socks on as I get such cold feet! I’ve started sewing pieces to keep me warm this winter and reduce my reliance on the heating when I’m working from home so I have made quite a few of these patterns myself. Several of the sewing patterns selected are also fairly quick. and easy to make, so you can stitch and get toasty!

We trawled the shop to find sewing patterns that may inspire projects for your own ‘warmdrobe‘. It’s a lengthy read as we wanted to include lots of options so grab a cuppa and have a browse!

Our first two garment types for a ‘warmdrobe‘ come from Kate’s Sew the Trends research! The Cold Arm is a trend I am keen to adopt. Perfect for days you want more body warmth, but don’t want to forgo your tops and blouses.

Woman wearing the Irma Bodywarmer sewing pattern from Fibre Mood on The Fold Line. A gilet pattern made in padded, quilted or sweatshirt fabrics, featuring patch pockets, bias tape edging and capped sleeve.

I am definitely adding the I AM Patterns Hathor Vest to my plans – it’s the perfect blend of cosy and cool. If you want a reeeeally warm layer, the Fibre Mood Irma Bodywarmer is a great shout.

Women wearing the Miller Waistcoat sewing pattern from Merchant and Mills on The Fold Line. A waistcoat pattern made in denim, corduroy, wool, wool blends, cotton canvas or twill fabrics, featuring a boxy fit, front button closure, V-neck, two front welt pockets and stitched belt at the back.

Women wearing the Women's Everyday Waistcoat sewing pattern from The New Craft House on The Fold Line. A waistcoat pattern made in cotton, linen or double gauze fabrics, featuring self-fabric ties, two front patch pockets and a V-neck.

You could make the Merchant & Mills Miller Waistcoat from a warming wool blend and the New Craft House Everyday Vest has a wadding layer which should keep you toasty.

Woman wearing the Clove Vest sewing pattern from Charlotte Emma Patterns on The Fold Line. A knit vest top pattern made in sweatshirting, french terry, quilted jersey or ponte fabrics, featuring a wide neckband ending in a V-neck and deep hem band with side split.

Woman wearing the Pierce Vest sewing pattern from Ensemble on The Fold Line. A sleeveless top pattern made in cotton jersey, linen jersey, sweatshirt fleece, scuba knit, double knit, sweater knit or French terry fabrics, featuring a loose fit, deep V-neck, oversized armholes, and ribbed neck, arm and waist bands.

I’ve knitted a couple of sweater vests, but you can sew one too! The Charlotte Emma Patterns Clove Vest and the Ensemble Pierce Vest should be quick and easy makes to recreate that look.


Another trend Kate spotted is a favourite of mine – high-neck sweaters! Whether you like something form-fitting for layering, or slouchy and ultra-warm, this project is pretty easy and speedy to sew and will get lots of wear.

Women wearing the Cosmos Sweatshirt sewing pattern by Sew House Seven. A sweatshirt pattern made in mid to heavy weight knit fabrics such as stretch sweatshirt fleece, stretch French terry and stable interlock fabrics, featuring an oversized silhouette, raglan sleeves, mid-high funnel neck and long bell sleeves.

For slouchy style, the Ready to Sew Jocko Pullover and the Sew House Seven Cosmo Sweatshirt are two of the best!

If you want the ultimate layering piece, a roll neck is a must. I’ve made the Megan Nielsen Rowan and the Papercut Patterns Rise and Fall Turtlenecks and thoroughly enjoyed sewing them. The Rise and Fall are particularly good value as you get slouchy and fitted patterns so you can make both!

A sweater dress is a fine thing. Cosy and chic. Try the Bara Studio Mila Dress or the Nina Lee Southbank Sweater Dress for a super cosy make.


Oh, I love throwing on a cosy cardigan. This classic layering piece is pretty straightforward to sew and wear!

Woman wearing the Luz Cardigan sewing pattern from Fibre Mood on The Fold Line. A cardigan pattern made in jacquard or knit fabrics, featuring drop shoulders, relaxed fit, knee length finish, front pockets and ¾ length sleeves.

Women wearing the Sigrid Knit Coat sewing pattern from Style Arc on The Fold Line. A knit coat pattern made in sweater knit fabrics, featuring a longline silhouette, patch pockets, full length sleeves with folded over cuffs and hem with side splits.

Go long or go cold! I am hoping to add a long cardi to my collection as I don’t have one. I’m wavering between the Fibre Mood Luz Cardigan and the Style Arc Sigrid Knit Coat – both great designs!

A belted cardigan feels a bit like a warm hug. Victory Patterns Samara Cardigan and Forget-Me-Not Patterns Kirsi Cardigan are both really nice options if you want to go for this style.

I think most makers have heard of the True Bias Marlo Sweater… and almost as many have made it (myself included!). It’s such a great layer for keeping warm. The Style Arc Palermo Knit Jacket also looks like a really great pattern for sewing the cosiest cardigan possible!


A popular autumn project with the Fold Line team, quilted jackets are a sure thing for keeping you warm. They can be worn as outerwear when it’s milder or around the house when you want to insulate yourself indoors.

Our most popular quilted jacket sewing patterns are without a doubt the Megan Nielsen Hovea Jacket and the Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket. Check out the product pages to see the Foldliners reviews!


Missed Kate’s run-down of the trends for autumn? Catch up with all the looks in our Sew the Trends video!

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