Hi, friends! My most recent project is all finished, but not yet photographed. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take some pictures this week so I can share it with you soon. In the meantime, let’s talk cool weather sewing!
One thing I have been thinking about as the weather has gotten colder here is which patterns have become favorites in my fall and winter wardrobe. By now, I’ve sewn through a lot of patterns. Some projects have been real wins, and others have been given to family, friends, or the thrift store because something about them just didn’t work out. The most interesting discovery has been that it’s not just the patterns that have to be winners–it’s pairing the right pattern with the right fabric that makes these garments my favorites.
Let’s look at a few of my favorites below. When possible, I’ve linked to the pattern and original or similar fabrics. None of these are affiliate links–I just want you to be able to find the same information and products I did if you want to. (Fabric links, if not listed in this post, are in my original posts.)
I have two favorite sweatshirts right now. One is the Style Arc Josie Hoodie.
I made this sweatshirt from Polartec Power Stretch, one of my absolute favorite fall and winter fabrics. I really think that making this pattern in this fabric is what has me reaching for it over and over again. This particular Power Stretch is–yes–stretchy, but it’s also thick and squishy with a smooth outside and fleecy inside. The longer length and curved hem of the pattern are nice touches as well.
One of my other favorite sweatshirts right now is my Brunswick Pullover from Hey June Handmade in Polartec Curly Fleece and Rifle Paper Co. quilting cotton.
I love the colors, the cool details in this pattern (arm pocket, side snaps, cowl neck), and the fluffy fabric. My family calls this my muppet sweatshirt because of the fabric. It’s super cozy.
And here is one more sweatshirt that I wear on a regular basis: my Polar Pullover, pattern F722 from The Green Pepper.
The roomy fit is great, you have three pockets, and you can use this pattern (or the vest view) to create your own version of those pricey fleeces found at stores like Patagonia and L.L. Bean. I love that I got to pick my own colors, and the Polartec Curly Fleece (just like in the green sweatshirt) is furry and soft.
My current favorite t-shirt pattern is the free Plantain Tee from Deer & Doe patterns.
I have many versions of this t-shirt (batch one, batch two), a few of which are in wool knits. Wool and Polartec brand fleece are my two favorite cold-weather fabrics, and having a few Plaintains in wool jersey means that not only are they great for daily wear, they also work for camping and as exercise gear.
This mashup between the Plaintain Tee and the Strathcona Henley from Thread Theory is a real winner.
This shirt is made from wool ponte and wool jersey, which were gifts. If you can ever find wool ponte, I highly recommend it. It’s both drapey and substantial. This is a nice, long shirt, but with the right curves for my body since I used the shape of the side seams in the Plantain Tee.
For every day, I would have to say my Morgan Jeans from Closet Case Patterns in non-stretch denim are my top pick.
I love the fit of these jeans, and with some brightly colored topstitching, they feel a little bit special. I sized up because I don’t like super tight jeans and I want to be able to fit long underwear or leggings underneath in the cold weather.
For looking a little bit nicer, Simplicity 1696 is my go-to. I have made these pants several times. My favorite iteration is my most recent, in Cloud9 Tinted Denim.
I think it reads as a pleasingly faded chino. I like this slightly heavier fabric more than the lighter sateen and quilting cotton I have tried in the past.
Another winner for every day or pajamas is self-drafted leggings using an old tutorial by Cal Patch on Etsy’s blog. My first pair was in a cheap polyester fabric, and I still use these for pajamas.
I’m hoping to make a new pattern this winter, since my measurements have changed. I’d like to make some leggings in a midweight Polartec Power Stretch. There is nothing like fleecy leggings for coziness.
Speaking of pajamas, I just pulled out my flannel pajama pants made from out-of-print McCall’s 3019 in Cloud9 organic cotton flannel.
I have used a lot of cheap flannel in my time, and probably will again, but there really is a difference when you use something that is high-quality like this organic flannel.
I have to include my Alabama Chanin Long Skirt in Polartec Sweater Knit.
This is a really simple pattern that you can sew on your machine if you don’t want to hand-stitch it, making it super fast to create. The fleece, which looks like a sweater knit on the outside and is fleecy inside, is really warm, and the skirt is long enough that you can wear long underwear or leggings underneath, keeping yourself nice and toasty. It’s like you’re wearing a blanket, but it looks nice.
I absolutely love sewing wovens, but I find that in fall and winter, I often want to wear knits. It took me awhile to notice this trend. My most successful projects are a great pairing of fabric to pattern, even if the fit isn’t absolutely perfect. Luckily, knits tend to be pretty forgiving in that area, in addition to continuing to fit should your measurements change somewhat. All that being said, though, I do want to occasionally challenge myself to make and wear different styles, so I have a few knit and a few woven projects tentatively planned for the winter.
If you have any favorite cold-weather patterns or patterns you are excited to sew in the fall or winter, share in the comments! I love sewing inspiration!
What a nice combination of patterns!
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Thank you! It’s always interesting to evaluate what stays in your closet and why. 🙂
I love your winter wardrobe! Thanks for showing the Stylearc Josie, I just pulled it out to make up and it looks great on you. I had not thought of using Polartec powerstretch but you sold me on the idea. Thanks for the motivation! I just cut out 2 new pair of powerstretch leggings as I wore my first pair thread bare. I used the Jalie Women’s long johns pattern #2448 and will make sure that I always have a pair of these as I live in them in the winter.
I have a piece of wool jersey that I have been holding onto for just the right garment and I love your Plaintain T. Can I ask, is it uncomfortable to have that wool against your skin?
Your jeans and skirt are beautiful. Everything you showed here is superb! Have a cozy winter!
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Thanks so much, Catherine! I’m going to look up that Jalie pattern. They have so many great patterns. I haven’t found the wool uncomfortable on my skin. I have a few wool t-shirts, and I find that the one that is merino jersey attracts the most lint, but none are uncomfortable, although if you have very sensitive skin it might be different.