Sewing for Fall: Choosing Fabrics and Pattern Ideas

Hi, my name is Sara and I am a fabric hoarder. There is something about fabric that makes me happy, very happy. I have an huge fabric stash in a cabinet and under my Queen sized storage bed. It is my private fabric shop. And I bet most of you know what I am talking about, right?

How do you organize your fabrics? By color, by type? I keep my stash organized by type of fabric and season. Now that Fall has arrived I took all the summery light-weight fabrics from the cabinet and back to the storage bed, and brought back to the shelves all the warm and cozy Fall/Winter fabrics.

When I joined all this fantastic sewing blogosphere (about 3 years ago) I was greatly surprised to find that most people sewing for kids were using quilting cotton for every.single.thing, either a dress or a skirt, a top, a shirt, even trousers and coats. At the time I was taking sewing classes from a professional dressmaker. She took us once to a fabric store and guided us through a few different fabric types and their uses. There was no quilting cotton available at the main fabric shops, only apparel fabrics. Quilting cotton could only be found at craft stores. Although quilting cotton is suitable for several garment pieces it isn't for them all.

When picking a pattern to sew we have to pay close attention to the fabric recommendations. Using the right fabric is crucial for a perfect drape and fit. That doesn't mean that you can't try new things and use a fabric that is not recommended in the pattern. I am certainly guilty of doing that and I have always been successful in doing so. And so can you!

Today I am sharing with you a few fabric ideas for all of your Fall sewing, along with some patterns that you can find on the UpCraft Club pattern shop.

Fabric choices for Fall sewing

Woolen wovens (like tweed, gabardine, crepe, boiled wool, etc.)
Heavy weight and warm. Often seen in stripes, plaid, herringbone and houndstooth. Mostly used for outerwear.

Tartan (aka Plaid)
Originally made out of wool can also be made from other fibers. Medium to heavy weight. Suitable for skirts, shorts, trousers, coats and dresses.
Light plain-weave cotton or linen blend. Soft and drapes well. Suitable for shirts and dresses.
Lightweight to heavy weight sturdy cotton. With or without stretch. Most suitable for bottoms (trousers, shorts and skirts) but can also be used for dresses (light-weight denim) and jackets. 
Medium weight. With or without stretch. Suitable for skirts, trousers, dresses, light jackets.
Medium weight. Soft and durable. Suitable for skirts, trousers, dresses, coats.
A wool and cotton blend very popular here in Europe. Lightweight and drapes well. Suitable for shirts, tops and dresses.
Rayon challis and viscose
Semi-synthetic fiber made from cellulose (wood pulp). Lightweight, soft, comfortable and with a beautiful drape. Suitable for tops, shirts, dresses, 
Warm and soft. Can be made of wool, cotton or a synthetic fiber. It is suitable for shirts, dresses, sleepwear. Often available with a plaid print.
Leather, pleather and faux fur
Suitable for jackets, coats, skirts, vests.

Here are a few sewing patterns suitable for Fall that you can find on the UpCraft Club shop:


Woven tops: Patricia tunic (left), Branson top (right).

Knit tops: Lane Raglan, Bellevue top, Aurora tee.

Dresses and bottoms

Left: the Caroline dress and peplum; Right: Safari Skirt, Sloan Leggings.


Clockwise (from top left): 5 Way Wrap, Julia, Eleanor, Laurelhurst.


Left: Aberdeen jacket, in woven; Right: the Evergreen, in knit.

How's your Fall/Winter sewing? Many plans? What are your favorite patterns?

Going back to the fabric topic, you can ask for samples on several online fabric stores (sometimes they are free and others you have to pay a small amount). This way you can feel them, learn their weight and drape, before you use them.

Don't be afraid to try new fabrics!  Push yourself to the next level, you will love it!

We want to see what you are sewing and the fabric you're using! Share with us on facebook or Instagram. #upcraftclub

October 10, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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