#92 Winter fabrics & patterns – #pfSewNotClothes


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Catch up:

Beverly:  Making a Merchant and Mills Sidney shirt  (larger range here) for Jim, using the M&M jacquard I got from Domesticity.


If you spot M&M on sale, let me know. I’m in love. Starting drafting of a second dress. 

M&M+ barkcloth dress – self drafted, #CuteButOffputting, includes my “Perfection is not my purpose” patch on the back in yellow gingham.

New patterns:

Closet Core Nicks dress

A) Line drawings of a dress from the front & back.  The dress has set in sleeves, a highwaist that is elastic gathered.  The sleeves end in gathered narrow cuffs.  The skirt is maxi length and tiered with a longer tier for the final tier.

B) a tunic with the same button front bodice and a single tier gathered skirt that is lower in the back than the front.

C) a v-neck top with a yoke back, long gathered sleeves ending in a cuff.
A photo of a person with long grey hair wearing a dress in red with white flowers, and tan heeled mules.  The dress has a v-neck button front bodice with a three tiered skirt.
A person with long grey hair is wearing a v-neck top with long full sleeves that are gathered at the wrist with elastic.  The shirt is work with cream pants & a bronze necklace.

Lore Piar Vana Dress – up to body measurements: 63/58/75

Technical line drawings of the Vana Dress by Lore Piar.  Two views.  A) Long sleeves with gathered sleeve caps, ending in a deep buttoned cuff.  The dress has gathered cups, with a wide shaped waistband whose center extends down to the knee length hem.  The side panels of the are very gathered over the hips.  View B is the same dress but with shoulder ties instead of sleeves.  View C is the shirt version of the first view A dress.
A brown person with long brown hair is wearing a white with black polka dot version of the dress described above, paired with black leggings & boots.
A brown person with long brown hair is wearing the top version of the Lore Piar pattern above in a white back ground fabric with multicolored flowers in autumn tones.  They are wearing a gold watch and bracelet on one wrist, and silver bracelets on the other.

Topic:  Winter fabrics & patterns

Favorite fabrics for winter sewing:


  • Linen – it’s all weather!
  • Micro cords – textured joy
  • Stretch velours – sumptuous and if cropped all weather!


Flannel  – good for loungewear, linings of outerwear (though not so good for sleeves), and basic grunge button ups #GarbageFlannel

Denim – not just for jeans.  I want to make a pinafore type dress with denim (we called them jumpers).  

French Terry – my favorite is from Style Maker Fabrics, but not sure if they are out of stock or not carrying any more.  

Favorite patterns for colder weather:


  • Sew House 7: Toaster
  • Caramiya Maui: Chive dress


One of the best winter memade wardrobes is by Sheila O’Kelly

True Bias Hudson Pants

I am thinking of making some flannel-lined Sew House 7 Free Range Slacks 

Want to make a long-sleeved version of the Merchant and Mills Etta (smaller sizes here)

Favorite non-clothing pattern for colder weather:


  • A raglan knit poncho – large needles, only a couple balls of thread
  • Lap blankets from flannel (WOF x 3 yards, folded in half, loosely quilted by following design elements)


 I started but have not finished a rag quilt.

I have never made but want to make dog coats!  I know this is clothing but so is a poncho.  

Merchant and Mills Barka, Closet Core Dog Coat Free!

Favorite cold weather activity for wearing your me-mades:


  • Driving the parkway to look at the lovely cold, crisp scenery
  • Drinking hot cocoa and seeing how long it takes me to stain whatever I’m wearing


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2 replies on “#92 Winter fabrics & patterns – #pfSewNotClothes”

Hello Lovelies,

Re: Velour/Velvet – velour is knit, velvet is woven. Stretch velvet is woven with some mix of Lycra/spandex. (Velveteen is velvet woven with cotton.)

Re: Flannel – The Robert Kaufman line of flannel Beverly mentioned is called Mammoth and it’s a great fabric. They distribute another, heavier 100% cotton flannel called Taos that’s super soft but heavy weight, great for winter. The best flannels I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience, however, are Japanese flannels. Kokka, specifically, makes sumptuous, beautiful flannels.

Another winter fabric I love is anything quilted. Merchant&Mills “Jacquard” is more of a quilted fabric. Kokka makes a terrific quilted “jacquard” as well. I think Jenny got some from Warp+Weft (RIP) last year. Quilted silks, when you can find them, are yum yum yummy.

And, lastly, for winter, I’m a huge fan of sewing with old wool blankets. Especially when color blocking. Just a ton of fun.

Super fun topic. More! More!

Xo, michelle

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