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Autumn Fashion Forecast

Build a wardrobe from trending colors, fabrics, and garment styles
Threads #205, Oct./Nov. 2019

The 2019 fall/winter ready-to-wear season brought in hints of the 1980s with strong shoulders and dramatic silhouettes. Tailored looks are back in a big way, from blazers to trousers to well-fitted coats. Long, belted, wrap-style coats with sharp lapels were prevalent in many collections, sewn in textiles from camel coating to fabulous bouclés with large-scale woven motifs. Belting was featured on coats as well as blazers, blouses, and dresses, to define the silhouette on garments that had generous ease. Black-and-white color palettes, with pops of reds and other vibrant colors, were popular in some collections, while other collections focused on bright prints. With all the variety in runway styles, you’re sure to find pieces that fit in with what you want to sew and wear.

To guide you in your fall sewing, I’ll show you the seasonal Pantone color palette and discuss what fabrics and motifs are trending. I’ve also compiled a capsule wardrobe with five pieces based on runway trends. Discover how to create your own mini wardrobe to embrace this season’s styles.


 See “Patterns for 2019 Fall Trends | Web Extra”


Capsule wardrobe

Look at runway collections for cohesive garment groupings and interpret them your way. The key is to identify the trends you like and bring them together with unified fabric choices. The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to create a group of garments that can be mixed and matched. Be sure the capsule wardrobe can be supplemented by garments already in your closet.


Many designers featured at least one cape or cloak in their collection. Though this look is dramatic, it can be customized to your personal taste. A long cape flows beautifully but may not be convenient for on-the-go people. A shorter cape leaves more room for movement.…

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