Knitting & Stitching

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!




Getting started in the craft arena

I hear a lot that people would like to start crafting.  They see things that people make and think “I would like to be more creative”, but sadly don’t think they are able or even know where to start.

My tip is to find a local craft course or travel further a field if you can and just have a go at something that catches your eye.  With craft courses, classes and workshops, you will have a dedicated tutor with all the knowledge you need to guide you through to complete a project.  If that class wasn’t for you, try other things and you are likely to find something that you like.

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