Sweaters are one of my favorite things to sew when the season gets colder. They're warm and cozy, quick to sew and they can be so many different things! Big and chunky, light and elegant, wildly printed and colorful, or plain and laid-back. Here's some inspiration for fall weather sweater sewing.
First of all: Prints! I love me a good print. When I started sewing, ALL the fabrics I bought were some wild all-over prints. I realized with time, that I cannot ONLY do prints ALL of the time. My handmade wardrobe has become much more wearable by including many plain and neutral items. However, I still love a fun print to cheer up a dull day every now and then. And I'm still working on using up all those crazy fabrics I got in the first place. A simple design like a sweater can go a long way to bring out the best in a whimsical fabric.
Next up: Colorblocking! This can really make a statement piece, just by combining different plain fabrics. It's a great way of using up those scraps of sweatshirt fabric you have. I also love the more subtle use of mixing up the colors on a smaller scale, for example switching color for the cuffs only.
I am always amazed by what a little (or a little more) embroidery can do to a plain piece of clothing. It can completely transform it and it's a very creative way of using textiles as your own personal canvas. I especially love the freehand abstract embroidery that are true pieces of art. I have only tried my hand at embroidery once, when I embellished a pair of jeans with colorful thread. I find I'm not patient enough for an elaborate embroidery session though. So instead I'll content myself with admiring these beautiful pieces:
Sometimes all you need is a simple plain sweater in a pretty color. Here are some of my favorites for fall:
Feeling inspired? These are my favorite sweater sewing patterns:
Nina Lee: Southbank Sweater
Sew House 7: Toaster Sweaters 1&2
I haven't tried these indie patterns yet, but I really really really love their designs:
Blueprints for Sewing: Geodesic Sweater
Paper Theory: LB Pullover
Named Clothing: Talvikki Sweater
Sew DIY: Ali Sweatshirt
Grainline Studio: Linden Sweatshirt
I've just finished sewing two self-drafted sweaters - they're great fall basics with a pop of color here and there. I'll put them up here in the next days, so stay tuned!
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