Sew Your Own Fall 2016 Wardrobe

Sewing is such an enjoyable hobby of mine. Especially in the fall. Summer sewing is fun but nothing beats the straight-up layering potential of fall fashion. Plus you get to roll around in warm, soft, cozy fabrics that make you want nothing more than a good book and a mug of hot chocolate. So when the leaves got to changing, I got to sewing.

In this post, I cover tops and sweaters, but if you are looking to sew some warm tights I’m a big fan of Peg Legs. If you’re looking for something more for lounging around, I’d go with either the Brassie Joggers or Palazzos. Pay attention to the recommended fabric types for each.

Disclaimer: I’m 21 weeks pregnant which means my itty bitty baby bump is photo-bombing my fashion photos. I included photos from the pattern makers as well so you can see the fit of each pattern on multiple body shapes.

So without further adieu…

My Fall 2016 tops collection

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Grandpa Cardigan

I love this cardigan pattern for oh so many reasons. The sleeves are perfectly relaxed without being too loose. I love the shawl collar option. And the length is perfect for keeping your buns warm these colder months. Lots of women have done this cardigan with a hem instead of a band but I really like the banded version because it gives it a more finished look in my humble opinion.

Pattern Maker: Patterns for Pirates
Pattern Name: Grandpa Cardigan
Version: Banded Pockets, Long Sleeve with Cuffs, Tunic Length Banded, Shawl Collar Neckband
Modifications: None
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 2.66 yards (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: French Terry by So Sew English Fabric
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Other pics from the pattern maker

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Pumpkin Spice Dolman

The key to a gorgeous dolman shirt is picking a fabric with some serious drape. Double brushed poly is a great option for fall because not only is it insanely soft, drapey and luxurious, it’s also nice and warm. Dolmans are also a favorite of mine because they are so forgiving on a curvy body. They seriously look bomb on any body shape!

Pattern Maker: Patterns for Pirates
Pattern Name: Pumpkin Spice Dolman
Version: Long Sleeves, Curved Hem
Modifications: None
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 1.75 yards (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: Double Brushed Poly by So Sew English Fabric
Skill Level: Easy

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Other pics from the pattern maker

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Laurel Dress

So I’ve been wanting to sew up some tunics but have been hesitant because I’m preggers and I didn’t want something that made me look like I was wearing a potato sack. Enter the Laurel Dress! It has an empire waist so it’s perfect for those of us who don’t like things tight around our tummies…pregnant or otherwise. Oh and it has pockets!

Pattern Maker: Greenstyle Creations
Pattern Name: Laurel Dress
Version: 3/4 Sleeve
Modifications: I cut the length between the tunic and above-the-knee lengths on the pattern. I also added an elastic banding at the waist, opted for a traditional neckline instead of the cowl and tightened the sleeves.
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 2 yards (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: Double Brushed Poly by So Sew English Fabric
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Other pics from the pattern maker’s website

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Comfy Cowl

So I tried really hard to be a good girl and do different patterns for each of my patterns, but I just couldn’t. This is seriously my favorite hoodie pattern. It lives up to its name. It is so. dang. comfy! Perfectly loose while not looking frumpy in any way. I made it in both sweater knit and double brushed poly because I wanted a really cozy warm one and another that I could wear more as a blouse. Mission accomplished I’d say.

Pattern Maker: Mummykins and Me
Pattern Name: Comfy Cowl Hoodie
Version: No Drawstring
Modifications: None
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 2 yards (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: Cheetah – Double Brushed Poly by So Sew English ; Aztec – Sweater Knit by JoAnn Fabric and Crafts
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Other pics from the pattern maker’s website

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Sweet Tee

You know how they say “life’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans”. Well I planned on making this long sleeved but I miscalculated how much fabric I had. So short sleeves it is! Which is still totally fine because I don’t want to be layering with only long sleeves all season anyway. The Sweet Tee is a glorious pattern for so many reasons. It’s a dolman sleeve like the Pumpkin Spice Dolman but it’s not as wide. It’s perfectly loose without being too baggy. And it’s such an incredibly quick sew.

Pattern Maker: Patterns for Pirates
Pattern Name: Sweet Tee
Version: Short Sleeves, Curved Hem
Modifications: None
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 1 yard (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: Poly Spandex “Cotton Feel” Jersey from So Sew English
Skill Level: Easy

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Other pics from the pattern maker’s website

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Mama Mya

Some days I feel like getting all done up, and other days I feel like a simple sweater is all I want. That’s the need this top fulfilled. The Mama Mya is a perfectly simple long sleeved pattern with lots of options. It comes in a shirt, tunic or dress length. And I added a band to contain my belly-ness.

Pattern Maker: Made for Mermaids
Pattern Name: Mama Mya
Version: Top Length, Long Sleeve
Modifications: Added a waist band
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 1.75 yards (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: Sweater Knit by JoAnn Fabric and Crafts
Skill Level: Easy

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Other pics from the pattern maker’s website

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Jasper Sweater

I love this hoodie because the three panels that make the front compliments your curves.  The hourglass design kind of makes everything look more put together than it really is. And I’m a fan of that. It’s also very comfortable and comes with lots of fun options for the hood/neckline.

Pattern Maker: Paprika Patterns
Pattern Name: Jasper Sweater/Dress
Version: View A, No Buttons
Modifications: I tapered the waist for a more fitted look.
Fabric Requirements: Approximately 2.5 yards (depending on your size)
Fabric Photographed: French Terry by Fabric.com
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Other pics from the pattern maker’s website

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1 thought on “Sew Your Own Fall 2016 Wardrobe”

  1. I love love love this article!! I love the patterns you picked, had photos of your version and the pattern makers, and gave details about what you did and where you bought your fabric. I hope you plan on doing a Spring 2018 version!

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