Planning and Making Your Autumn Wardrobe with The Rag Shop
Hi I’m Sheryl from SG_Sews on Instagram and this is my first blog post for The Rag Shop. Welcome!
I love autumn – it’s my favourite season, the first crisp golden-brown leaf to fall makes my heart melt. As a newbie to sewing, it can be sometimes overwhelming to see all the sewing patterns and fabrics available so I thought about what I wanted to wear, focusing on outfits opposed to individual garments, using my Pinterest board, saved Instagram pictures and screenshots on my phone for inspiration.
Once I had a rough idea I started thinking about patterns and colours to make a more detailed plan and then I started looking on fabric websites to bring my ideas to reality. And the most exciting part so far – placing orders!
When looking to buy fabric to start making my autumn / winter wardrobe – The Rag Shop had some amazing options. Here I will be pairing some of the patterns and fabrics they have to offer to hopefully provide you with some inspiration.
As a newbie to sewing, I am immediately drawn to patterns by Tilly and the Buttons. They are great for sewists with a range of experiences but the detailed instructions and diagrams are perfect if you are new or looking to improve your skills. One of my favourite patterns for the autumn / winter season is the Nora.
This pattern can be made as top or a sweater depending on the fabric choice - it would look beautiful in the sweatshirting fabrics, the fleece lined ones being perfect for the colder days. An alternative pattern could be the Nina Lee Southbank Sweater which also has the option to be made into a jumper dress for extra cosy vibes.
The Indigo is a smock style top or dress and can be made in a variety of ways depending on the fabric and pattern you choose. I think the copper concepts viscose crepe would look gorgeous made up into in an Indigo dress with all the ruffles! Add a pair of tights and some boots and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous autumnal outfit.
Jersey tops are a staple in my wardrobe which is why The Agnes top pattern is perfect. The Rag Shop have a great range of jersey fabrics that are suitable for this pattern, I personally love a bit of stripe and think the ochre cotton jersey would look amazing for this pattern.
Moving away from Tilly and the Buttons, another favourite pattern of mine is the Nina Lee Camden Pinafore or Skirt. I’m hoping to make the skirt in a red corduroy similar to the 8-wale corduroy but would also look amazing in the olive floral needlecord! Team this with an Agnes top and you’ve got yourself an outfit!
I hope you liked some of my pattern and fabric recommendations, let me know in the comments section what you plan to make for your autumn / winter wardrobe and check back soon to see what I chose to make.
You can find Sheryl's instagram here or by searching @sg_sews