Autumn-Friendly Tried and Tested Patterns
The leaves are turning brown, the evenings are getting darker, and even though it has been unseasonably warm you can feel autumn in the air. So you might be pondering what to add to your sewing list this season and are finding yourself a little overwhelmed with all the possibilities.
When I am getting sew-overwhelm, I look at what other people have been making. Firstly that helps give a little insight into how a pattern comes together, but secondly I love taking a look at the fabrics people have chosen so I have a read on what works best. Another great outcome of snooping at others is to see how they’ve styled it so I can ponder on what I can pair it with from my wardrobe.
If you haven’t stumbled upon it yet, our reviews page is a FAB source of inspiration. Sewists share their makes and honest thoughts on how a project has gone for them. You can filter our reviews page by brand and garment type which is helpful for honing in on what you are after. I have scoured our reviews to compile some of the most reviewed, autumn-friendly tried and tested sewing patterns. Enjoy!
Tilly and the Button’s Indigo pattern probably doesn’t need much of an intro as it is a firm favourite in the sewing community. It’s approachable for confident beginners and beyond and comes with plenty of ways to make it up – especially if you also grab the add-on pattern.
Judging by these makes, autumn florals are the way to go for Indigo!
The Closet Core Sienna Maker Jacket passed me by for some reason but every time I see it sewn up, I love it even more. It’s full of details that give it such a polished look and will be something you will love for years to come.
Cropped or full-length, Sienna is full of artist vibes. I’m all about denim for this project, but a pop of print looks great too!
Paper Theory Patterns Olya is easy to wear and designed to be a versatile wardrobe staple with longevity. It has pretty clever construction methods that will teach you something new. Wear the dress version open as an autumn layering piece.
If you need a crisp white shirt in your closet, this is proof that the Olya pattern is an excellent way to go.
I can vouch for the Helen’s Closet Yanta Overalls as I have made them several times in different fabrics and I love them all. This pattern is super-comfy to wear and works in a range of medium to heavy-weight fabrics so is pretty versatile.
You can’t go wrong with sewing your Yanta Overalls in navy or denim fabric and if you want to go for seasonal vibes, choose something from the autumnal colour palette.
If you’re about to embark on your outerwear sewing journey, the Tessuti Fabrics Berlin Jacket seems to be a popular choice. You won’t be battling buttonholes, challenged by a collar or struggling with setting in sleeves (they are dropped). You find yourself able to focus on handling sewing with wool rather than fiddly techniques.
Oooooo! It does seem like a zesty lime-coloured fabric is the perfect way to put a pep in your autumn step! Of course, blending in with autumn leaves is another good way to go!
Another option I can give my personal thumbs up for is the Friday Pattern Company Patina Blouse. It is just lovely. The collar gives it a little something special without being overbearing. It is easily hacked into a dress by adding a gathered skirt (I have done this). I have had so much wear out of my blouse and will be making more!
Searching for a blouse that looks great in all the floral fabrics you covet? This is it! Just looking at the reviewer’s Patinas makes me want to hit the machine to sew another one!
Ok… I am a broken record but I also LOVE this pattern and have made it multiple times. In my opinion, the True Bias Marlo Sweater looks just as good with the buttons left off if you don’t fancy sewing buttonholes. It’s pretty straightforward to construct and looks great in a number of knit fabrics.
Print and texture really work wonders for Marlo. These reviewers are showing just how many ways there are to make Marlo far from boring.
Jeans are a pretty rewarding sewing project. You will learn loads along the way and hopefully find yourself with a pattern you can use to make jeans that actually fit the way you want them to. The Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans swept the sewing community away when they launched thanks to their nod top vintage jeans and multiple leg lengths.
Denim is the obvious choice for making a pair of jeans but I love the autumn-friendly corduroy number and those wide-leg rust Dawn jeans are as on-season as a pumpkin spiced latte!
Quilted jackets are going nowhere and the sewing community made them cool before the high street did… just saying. The Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket is without a doubt the cult-classic pattern when it comes to sewing your own stylish quilted number.
Whether you pick a pre-quilted fabric or make your own patchwork number, you will be so proud of this make. I love them all!
An autumn-friendly dress is a key piece in my wardrobe and by that, I mean something that looks equally as good worn with tights jumpers and cardigans as it does with bare legs and a light jacket. Autumn does throw all kinds of weather our way! The Merchant & Mills Hattie and Ellis Dresses tick those boxes for me!
I love that the reviewers are showing us how the pattern works in a multitude of prints and plain fabrics and it looks great with drape or in a more structured linen.