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Sewing for Fall Looks

Recharge your sewing with trending patterns and fabrics
Threads #199, Oct./Nov. 2018

Staying warm, being comfortable, and looking fabulous. Quilted jackets, long wool coats, and flowing capes steal the stage at many fall ready-to-wear shows as trends veer from severe, fitted styles and move toward the comfort of looser silhouettes. Designers played with volume by layering sheer fabrics with different patterns to create a casual yet chic look in tunics worn over slim-legged pants, and other ensembles. Many runway looks are ’80s inspired, with big shoulders and vibrant colors. This season’s trends urge boldness with your fashion choices. Don’t be afraid to stand out with loud prints or eye-catching details. It’s about being unique and embracing your personal style.

Coat with fur collar.

High-impact outerwear

A great coat can keep you warm and show off your sense of style at the same time. Create your ideal outerwear look with bright colors and playful details.

Model with active wear.

Playful weekend styles

Enjoy comfortable, loose-fitting garments in more relaxed times. Create voluminous ensembles with different colors and prints for the most impact.

Model with workwear

Chic workwear

Workplace clothes don’t have to be standard. Explore different silhouettes and textiles that make you feel like the boss.


This season, textiles with personality bring flair to even simple styles. Fabric weight varies from sheer to lofty.


Many collections show florals of all colors, motifs, and scales. Garments sewn in these fabrics—from dresses to coats and skirts—bring a feeling of energy.

Symmetrical floral pattern. Blue flowers floral pattern. Yellow and orange floral pattern.


Inspired by Animals

Beyond traditional animal skin prints such as leopard, cheetah, and zebra, this season also includes representational prints of animals such as birds, cats, or dogs, and textured fabrics reminiscent of reptilian scales.

Orange tiger stripes pattern. Blue and black stripe pattern. Scale pattern resembling an alligator.



A runway staple in recent years, metallic fabrics sparkled ubiquitously at the fall fashion shows. Silver and gold are the most prevalent, made into suits and coats. Fabrics…

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