Autumn/Winter ’18 Trends To Inspire Your Sewing

Autumn Winter Trends To Inspire Your Sewing

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know by now that I do a bi-annual post highlighting the upcoming new season trends and I show some runway inspiration photos plus a few new sewing patterns. Once September arrives, I think we are all itching to get going with new sewing projects for cooler weather dressing so hopefully, this post will guide and inspire you.

PS…my lovely Southern Hemisphere readers might like to head over to this post for Spring/Summer inspiration 🙂

Autumn/Winter ’18 Trends Overview

Once again there’s no stopping the idea of variety and individualism…it’s here to stay. I love the idea of all of the different and varied styles that are around these days. It really appeals to my creative side. I always love to add my personal stamp on things anyway and you can guarantee that if a particular sewing pattern is doing the rounds on IG or in the blogosphere then I’ll end up doing the opposite and be making up something different with my own creative spin on it … 🙂

There’s quite a bit of maximalism going on again this season and the influence of the 80’s is even stronger too. There is also a nod to the 90’s with fluid slip dresses and long coats. The 70’s influence is still around also, with short bomber jackets and flared jeans.  Athleisure which was waning a bit last on season’s runways was even less visible for this season. There’s still quite a bit of structure around with waist definition and sharp shoulders featuring a lot, plus some fit and flare dresses and peplums, but larger silhouettes like 80’s style roomy coats were fairly popular too. Tailoring is a strong look and a new jacket silhouette is the longer line 80’s style Boyfriend style.


Earth tones which started to gain momentum in previous seasons are even stronger than ever and brown, which began to be popular last Winter, is everywhere this season. Lots of different tones of browns, rusts and camels were all shown by designers. Maybe brown is the new black?

Mustard and yellow featured in the new shows too, but also other bright colours like warm red, hot pink and bright blue. Here are the main Pantone shades. You can also add to that an off-white called Tofu and a pale grey called Quiet Grey. (Love the name Meerkat on the second row!)

PANTONE-Autumn/Winter '18 trends to inspire your sewing

Here’s My ‘Big List Of Trends’

  • Capes
  • Leather dresses/skirts
  • Animal print
  • Pleats
  • Fur trim
  • Statement bows
  • Ruffles
  • Statement sleeves
  • Quilting/puffers
  • Midi skirt lengths
  • Turtlenecks
  • Colour blocking in unusual combinations
  • Coat dresses
  • Tweed
  • Plaid
  • 80’ style long blazer
  • Shiny/glossy texture.
  • Metallics
  • Oversized coats
  • Silk scarf type fabric in dresses/skirts
  • Bootcut jeans
  • High waisted trousers
  • Earth tones
  • Ruching


Not as many flat shoes around…heels are higher, but in all kinds of styles from block heels to more daintier styles.

  • Slouchy boots
  • Cowboy boots
  • Large scarves
  • Long earrings
  • Coloured tights
  • Slouchy bags
  • White boots
  • Furry bags

Runway Inspiration:

Autumn/Winter '18 Trends to inspire your sewing
L to R: MSGM, Narciso Rodriguez

Autumn/Winter '18 Trends to inspire your sewing
Lto R: Rochas, Chanel, Balenciaga

Autumn/Winter '18 Trends to inspire your sewing
L to R: Derek Lam, Daks, Fendi

Autumn/Winter '18 Trends to inspire your sewing
Lto R: Tory Birch, Cinq et Sept, Fendi

Sewing Patterns:

Not all companies have released their main new season stock yet, but be sure to check back with your local stockists for updates. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going. But bear in mind that you may already have patterns in your stash that can be adapted. And you can easily give a nod to a new trend simply by adding a ruffle here or a fur trim there, or just by lengthening a hemline. Most of all have fun.

V9337 Autumn/Winter '18 Trends to inspire your sewing

Pattern Links:

Trend Patterns…Dress….Skirt

Burda quilted coat….Burda dress

Vogue 1594 dress

McCalls 7800 dress

New Look coat

Butterick cape

Vogue Leather dress: V9337

I had a lot of fun putting this post together…I’ve always loved fashion and I’m interested in each new season’s styles. I get very inspired and always like to add a smattering of trends to my wardrobe because it appeals to me.

If you’re not into it as much as me, just adding a belt or one of the latest colours is just as much fun. The whole idea is to enjoy your wardrobe… and be you 🙂

I hope you feel inspired,

Catch you soon xx


Autumn Winter '18 Trends To Inspire Your Sewing

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  1. Sarah Guthrie
    September 6, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    Another great post Diane, these bi-annual ones really are my favourite. Most of it sounds very good apart from the movement away from flat heels, however I suppose the trend towards individualism means that we can really wear what we like. Shame we have to wait for six months for the next installment xx

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 8:21 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Sarah. I like the sound of a lot of the trends too…but you can be sure I won’t be wearing really high heels. My maximum comfort height is a couple of inches. Beyond that and I’m in pain and unsafe!

  2. Christine Trory
    September 6, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    Great post and gives me food for thought on how I could, possibly, add some trend to my closet but here, here to individualism which I shall continue to follow.

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 8:21 am

      Thanks so much Christine. I love the variety that’s around too!

  3. September 7, 2018 / 1:09 am

    Wonderful fall inspiration Diane. I am so in love with those Badgley Mischka and Kathryn Brenne patterns.

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 8:22 am

      I’m glad you think so Faye. Agreed…those patterns are lovely aren’t they?

  4. Monika
    September 7, 2018 / 7:43 am

    This is such a fab post, thank you Diane, love the inspiration

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 8:22 am

      Ahhh, thanks so much Monika. x

  5. September 7, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    I always love to see your season trend posts Diane because my absolutely favourite posts by bloggers are those that show their inspiration to their finished garments. I love that leather dress V9337 – it set off a firestorm of ideas in my head 🙂 I’ve been on a jumper making project for the past month (mostly in linen) but I hadn’t considered sewing one up in leather! Brilliant.

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathleen. I absolutely get what you mean and you’re right because this kind of post really shows how I love to be inspired by designers. Lots of details and silhouettes get filed away somewhere in my head only to come out in one of my memades at a later date.
      I know what you mean about the leather dress. It’s fab isn’t it?

  6. Susan terrill
    September 7, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    Fantastic post. I loved seeing the colors for fall and thank you for including the Pantone swatches. So many texture combinations as well.
    Thank you.

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 5:06 pm

      Fabulous, thanks Susan. I’m glad you enjoyed this post and that you found the colours useful. I love all of the texture combinations too. Aren’t they lovely?

  7. September 7, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Great post! I like the trends…not all the things but a lot of them. Allways fun to see!

    • diane
      September 7, 2018 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks, Camelia! I’m the same…not every trend appeals to me either, but this season there are quite a few that I really like the look of.

  8. September 8, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Thanks for a great post. I do like to watch the catwalk shows and keep up with the trends. I got plans for plaid jacket and I’m making the Burda dress in plaid for the challenge this month. Maybe a pleather skirt, and I’m trying to decide whether I might use some animal print for the first time in my life. I was glad to see that there was still a lot of blush about and my other favourite colour is mustard.

    • diane
      September 8, 2018 / 10:35 am

      Thanks, Mags. Glad you enjoyed it. Oooh, I love the sound of your planned projects. The jacket is just my cuppa and I can’t wait to see that dress made up. A pleather skirt sounds fab too. I’m loving blush and although I like the look of mustard, it doesn’t suit me…you wear it well, so I’ll live vicariously through you 🙂

  9. September 8, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    What a great post! You’ve got such a good eye for picking out the trends. Personally I’m particularly drawn to all the coats – love the details on the Fendi coat and the cut of the Narciso Rodriguez coat (the orange is a little too much for me). Perhaps it’s just that I’m in need of a coat…..creative juices are getting going….

    • diane
      September 8, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you, that’s really lovely of you to say. They are fab coats, aren’t they? I love to make coats, though I’m not sure that I need many more…hehe.

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