Fall/Winter ’17 Trends and Sewing Inspiration

trends and sewing inspiration

A few weeks back I did a taster post looking at a few new Fall/Winter ’17 sewing patterns that had just been released. This week, I’m looking in more depth at the upcoming trends for the new season and hopefully getting the sewing inspiration juices flowing. So if you like adding a little dose of trends to your style or are more than a bit curious, keep reading:

Firstly, this is going to be another season where individuality and creativity in style are highlighted. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing, because once again it looks like there’s a big old melting pot of styles out there and right at the top is the idea of ‘more is more’, meaning that Maximal is the main buzz word. Don’t worry though… if that’s not your thing, you can still cherry-pick the trends and ideas that tickle your fancy.

Let’s start with colour…Each season Pantone brings out a selection of colours that are ‘the colours of the season’. Here is the selection for Fall/Winter:

Fall/Winter '17 trends and sewing inspiration. Pantone colour chart These are just a few of the shades seen in the fashion shows though. Generally speaking, there were more earthy tones than usual for this time of year on all of the runways, but if they aren’t your taste, how about just adding some of the shades in the form of accessories or accents in an outfit? How about a little bit of chocolate brown in the form of a belt or trim on a garment?

I’ve trawled through many websites and put together a list of general style notes of some of the main trends. There are a lot!

  • Maximal looks: colour mixing, embellishments, trims, eclectic combinations.
  • Earthy tones: Brown, mustard, burgundy, rust, olive.
  • Bright red.
  • Dandy/renaissance influence: Think velvet, brocade, waistcoats, jacquard.
  • English countryside: Plaid, tweed, suede and corduroy, equestrian style.
  • Waist definition with belts and belted coats in particular.
  • Coloured or textured tights.
  • Victorian style high-necked collars.
  • Shearling…coats, jackets, bags.
  • More dresses and skirts than usual.
  • Midi skirts.
  • Longer length dresses, some boho style or hints of gothic drama.
  • Many retro looks from 60’s to 90’s….Faux fur, long flares, 60’ loose boxy tops, tapered ankle pants, ruffles…
  • Knee high boots paired with midi’s, culottes, dresses etc.
  • Button features on skirts, shirts, coats or pants.
  • Suits and suiting fabrics.
  • Shoulder emphasis.
  • Winter florals.

Personally speaking, I like the sound of a lot of ideas from the list and it makes me want to go crazy buying fabric and patterns. Taking of patterns…before I show you a few more pattern suggestions here are some inspiration photos from the runways:

Bottega Veneta: Plaid

Bottega Veneta Plaid

Fendi : Midi skirt and knee high boots. Jacket with belted waist definition, suiting fabric

Fendi : Midi skirt and knee-high boots. Jacket with belted waist definition, suiting fabric

Givenchy: Red and ruffles but are you brave enough for head to toe red?                                         Givenchy: Red and ruffles but are you brave enough for head to toe red?

Valentino: Victorian style neckline, textured velvet.

Valentino: Victorian style neckline, textured velvet.


Tod's: Earthy brown, belted waist definition

Tod’s: Earthy brown, belted waist definition

As I promised, I’ve found a few more patterns that can be used to pick up on some of the ideas from the humongous list of trends:

(Note: Click on the photo to be taken to the main pattern website, though for Vogue, Kwiksew, McCalls and Butterick you’ll need to find a supplier in your country of residence.)

trends and sewing inspiration. McCalls 6993

McCalls 6993

 trends and sewing inspiration. Kwik Sew 3513

Kwik Sew 3513

 trends and sewing inspiration. Burda tapered pants from 08/17 magazine

Burda tapered pants from 08/17 magazine

 trends and sewing inspiration. Butterick 6487

Butterick 6487

 trends and sewing inspiration. Burda 112 08/17

Burda boxy sweater would work with midi’s. From 08/17 magazine

 trends and sewing inspiration. Style Arc Isabella

Style Arc Isabella blouse with Victorian collar

 trends and sewing inspiration. Gemma dress by Named. 

Gemma dress by Named.

 trends and sewing inspiration. Vogue 9265

Vogue 9265: Ideal for winter florals

trends and sewing inspiration. McCalls 7667: Belted coat.

McCalls 7667: Belted coat.

 trends and sewing inspiration. Kwik Sew 4197

Kwik Sew 4197: shearling coat

I hope you enjoyed this post and feel inspired, and possibly you feel like rushing out to get more fabrics too? Just make sure you leave some for me!

Back soon, lovely sewists!

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  1. September 23, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Such a fun post! My favourite of the patterns you picked out is the Style Arc top. The colours this year are perfect for your palette aren’t they! Lots of fun sewing in store!

    • Diane G
      September 23, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Thanks Helen! I love that Style Arc pattern too. The shape and neck design is lovely.

  2. September 23, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    My B6957 just arrived last week – I love the shaping of this blouse which I think you can make it work with anything from jeans to a fancy. When I glanced through your colour palette for fall I was stunned – every single one of those colours are my favourites 🙂

    • Diane G
      September 23, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Kathleen, I love it when more of the shades that I like to wear are on trend because it means that it’s so much easier to get hold of nice fabrics. Nice that the Pantone list has ‘your’ shades in it :). I bet you’ll pick up a beaut for your new blouse pattern.

  3. Sarah Guthrie
    September 25, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Once again, a really post. Much of the trends for the coming week I really love, particularly winter florals, waist emphasis and retro styling. Also all the fashionable colours for this winter are gorgeous. Thank you for all the hard work involved in producing such a helpful summary.

    • Diane G
      September 25, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      That’s so kind, thank you Sarah. I’m with you on loving the new colours too. I really enjoy putting these posts together so it’s nice to be appreciated x

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