Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sewing Retro For Winter

Yesterday I said that I might post this and well...I have time to write up this post.  These are my fabric recommendations and my top 15 pattern recommendations for winter.  Yes, you will find some men's patterns in the line up.

Fabric Recommendations:
The following can be found at Fabric.Com or at your local fabric store.
Jersey Knit
Melton (wool)
Ponte Knit
French Terry Knit
Boucle - This is a soft cotton fabric that is usually used for suits, pants, skirts, and blazers.  No stretch.
Flannel - Flannel is a woven fabric that most people are definitely familiar with.  It comes in plain colors, plaids, prints, etc.  The fabric itself is termed 'flannel' since it is brushed, resulting in softness.  You can find flannel-back satin, if you look.  Flannel comes in various weights.  The heavier flannel is best used for trousers, suits, and dresses.  Lighter flannel is commonly used for pajamas.
Jersey Knit - This is very common, you might know it as t-shirt fabric.  Usually the jersey knit that you purchase by the yard is a slightly different quality and can work for shirts, skirts, and dresses.  Has some stretch.  Comes in plain and prints.
Melton (wool) - This is an 8.5 oz wool that is phenomenal.  It has no stretch and usually only comes in solid colors.  Melton makes incredible skirts, dresses, suits, trousers, and outerwear.
Ponte Knit - This is a mid to heavyweight stretchy fabric that works well in cold weather.  If you are a little big in the butt or something (like me) I highly recommend this for trousers and skirts.  You can find solids and sometimes prints.  Has a 4-way stretch.
Tweed - Similar to flannel, but without the brushing that flannel gets.  Tweed is often used in suits, trousers, skirts, dresses, and outerwear.  Usually it's fairly plain and woven in a herringbone pattern, but you can also find some interesting woven-textures such as the one shown above.
French Terry Knit - Everyone knows this as sweatshirt fabric.  French terry knit is typically used for sweatshirts and sweatpants, but you can use it for outerwear, pants, and other things that require a heavy fabric.  There is some stretch, and as we all know from our favorite sweats, this can stretch out over time and with heavy wear.
Velvet/Velveteen - These fabrics have a pile to them, which means that one side is flat and the other has a "piled" fuzzy side.  Piled fabrics can be a little tricky to sew.  Velveteen is usually 100% cotton and has no stretch.  Velvet is often polyester or a poly-blend and can contain stretch (such as stretch velvet $$$ or stretch panne velvet $).  You can make dresses, skirts, pants, suits, and outerwear with various velvets.

Top 15 Retro Winter Patterns
Before we really get going, let me say that my great grandparents both had jodhpurs (butterick 6433 and 6340) in wool just for fall and winter.


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