Fashion & Embroidery

I’m Sally aka The Yorkshire Sewist and today I’m showing you my Autumn and Winter Pattern Picks. There are a lot of lovely colours coming out for this season and I’ve paired up some fabrics and patterns that may tempt you.

First up is the fantastic free pattern The Plantain T-shirt from Deer and Doe.

It is a fitted T-Shirt at the shoulders and bust then flaring at the hips, with optional elbow patches. Short, long or 3/4 sleeves are included in the pattern. It caters for a range of sizes which is great.

I’d recommend lightweight jersey knit (cotton, rayon, linen, wool) with 40% to 50% stretch.

Next up is Made by Jacks Mum – Penelope Pinafore – a relaxed pinafore dress. It has either tie straps or traditional buckles. There are FIVE pockets for hiding all of your things. There are two lengths – mini to sit above the knee and midi to cover the knee. A back split can be added to both lengths.

There is a matching child pattern called the Penny Pinny.

This pattern is designed for medium weight woven fabrics such as corduroy, denim or linen.

Ellie and Mac – Be Creative Hoodie Pattern – This Hoodie Pattern is comfortable, stylish and definitely a must-have. It features hood or cowl, short sleeves or long sleeves, piping option and colour-block style. You can make this in many fun ways – who doesn’t love a good hoodie? There is also a kid’s version too! This hoodie is designed to be made using 4-way stretch fabrics with 50% stretch.

Tilly and The Buttons Ness Skirt – This is a classic fly front skirt pattern. It looks stylish all year round, but especially made up in a nice Corduroy for Autumn/Winter. The straight skirt has a shaped waistband and curved back yoke for a flattering fit.

Choose from mini version or below-the-knee hemline with centre front split. Details inspired by denim include a zip fly front, topstitched mock felled seams, belt loops, all important in-seam pockets, plus optional back pockets for stashing your essentials. To be bang on trend you could convert the zip fly to a full length button planket skirt.

Experimental Space Casey Sweater – It’s a pretty pullover sweater with button details at the neck, long shaped cuffs and comfortable deep pockets. I recently saw this pattern when I went to Sewbrum and it’s a nice jumper with great details. I’ve got this pattern and will be sewing my own up shortly!

So there you go folks, my Autumn and Winter Pattern Picks with a few fabric recommendations. Happy Sewing!



Hi Jenniffer! We first discovered you with your 2017 book – Girl with a Sewing Machine – we loved it! It’s a great practical guide and tells your story along the way..

Thank you! It’s my no fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes, and gives an insight into my sewing journey with projects that I made along the way.

Where did your love of sewing come from initially?

It started with my wedding dress – the first thing I ever made and since then I just couldn’t stop!

We read that you became a debt collector after university – how did you find your creative spark again and change paths?

Oh gosh, that seems like a life time away, but the creative spark came back when I joined the band, Snooty Bobs, as a singer, lyricist and that is how I met my now husband, Kirk. I like to think of him as my muse.

What’s a typical work day for you now?

If I’m not on site doing a workshop, events or filming for Sewing Quarter, I’m normally hiding in my She Shed  which is my new sewing studio at the bottom of the garden, normally preparing for workshops, the live shows or coming up with ideas for projects. Unfortunately, I have not done any selfish sewing in a while – I really need to make some time for that.

We loved watching you on the Great British Sewing Bee – has it changed your life in anyway?

Absolutely, it’s given me the confidence to follow my passions and dreams. I love spreading the #sewingrevolution love and just cannot believe that I was once working in an office for so long!

Tell us about #sewingrevolution please?

The #sewingrevolution is about encouraging other to pick up a needle and thread. Whether that is just to repair a button on a shirt, or making the shirt into something completely different. Sewing is a wonderful and empowering skill that can boost people’s confidence and self-esteem and more importantly it’s so much fun! The #sewingrevolution is about sharing your skill with others. Creativity is contagious – pass it on!

How much of your wardrobe is handmade?

A lot, but there is a lot of up-cycled makes as well. So, I would class those as ‘handmade’ more like ‘revamped’ lol

Where do you look for inspiration, and of course patterns and fabric?

My inspiration comes from lots of different sources. Music, colour, situations and fabric inspires the makes sometimes. I like to think the fabric tells me what it wants to be turned into.

How have you styled your sewing space?  

My space is based on chaos. I try to keep it tidy but it really doesn’t last long. But I like to have fabric swatches around so I have a lot of pin boards with things pinned onto it. It’s a relaxed space, it’s my space and I love it.

What is your proudest achievement in your sewing career so far? 

You’ve certainly reminded me how proud i felt when the first copy of Girl with a Sewing Machine dropped through the door!

What would your advice to anyone looking to get started in dressmaking be? 

There are no such things as mistakes – they are learning curves! So, don’t be afraid to make them! I like to make sample books of seams and stitches; and if I have made a mistake, I keep it and make notes on where and why I had, so I can refer to it to remind myself not to do it again.

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