The crisp, cool days of the Fall season brings about the beginning of soft and cozy fabrics, warm colors reminiscent of the changing color of leaves and styles that transition from warmer days to brisk evenings. It is a favorite among many, so we’ve compiled some inspiration to help you figure out what you most want to make this year. You’ll find information about fabric, color scheme ideas, early patterns releases and some inspiration straight from the talented sewists in House of Curves Hangout.
Boucle is a woven fabric made from thick and thin yarns that have loops and curls creating a textured feel. Great for high end jackets, dresses and skirts.
Cable Knit is a sweater knit that is weft knitted with cable stitches, creating a heavier, thicker fabric. It is more decorative, and makes for great chunky sweaters or sweatshirts.
Coating is a heavyweight woven fabric normally made from wool fibers. Great for…coats!
Corduroy is a woven fabric made of cords, called wales, running with the selvedge and featuring a directional nap. There are lightweight and medium-heavy varieties. The size of the wales can vary in width. Make pants, jackets, pinafores, dresses.
French Terry is a knitted fabric that features loops and soft piles of yarn on one side and a smooth, soft surface on the other side. A favorite for sweatshirts and lounge pants.
Jacquard and Brocade fabrics are textured fabrics with designs woven into the fabric with threads, some may be metallic. The drape may vary and is used mainly in formalwear.
Ribbed Knit is another fabric with raised rows, but made from knitted material. Great for shirts and dresses, as well as for collars, cuffs and bands.
Stretch Velvet is a knit fabric with a smooth back and a textured velvet front. It is soft and shiny, great for costumes, dancewear, formalwear, dresses, pants and more. Stretch velvet has a nap direction so make sure to cut all pieces in the same direction.
Waffle Knit has small, square grids reminiscent of the breakfast food; it is a lightweight, breathable and absorbent textured knit fabric. Shirts, sweaters and dresses make a great feature for waffle knits.
Wool is made from the hair of different types of animals, often sheep. The hair is sheared and turned into yarn which is then woven on a loom to create fabric. Types of fabric made from wool include broadcloth, gabardine, herringbone, houndstooth and tweed. You can use these to make coats, jackets, skirts, dresses and suits.
Early Pattern Releases & Re-Releases
5oo4 Patterns Jessie
5oo4 Patterns Piper Peplum
Apostrophe My Fit Leggings
Broad in the Seams Glebe Pants
DIBY Club Harriet
Ellie and Mac Be Creative
Ellie and Mac Off Shoulder Romper
Love Notions Classic Tee
Made by Runi Indra Crop
Made for Mermaids Penelope
Made for Mermaids Bailey Bells
Patterns for Pirates Hepburn
Patterns for Pirates Twist Back Top Peekaboo Patterns Denver Pullover
Petite Stitchery Hells Bells
Petite Stitchery Saffron
Phat Quarters Eve
Rad Patterns Body Con-fidence
Rad Patterns CYOS Dress
Ragamuffin Patterns Dynamite
Rebecca Page Laura
Rebecca Page Tessa
Sinclair Nova Raglan
Sonia Estep Designs Callie Cardi
Sonia Estep Designs Magnolia Tee
Ellie and Mac Be Creative
Made for Mermaids Bailey Bells
Meyreiki Patterns (name)
Patterns for Pirates Twist Back Top
Petite Stitchery Hazel
Petite Stitchery Laurel
Petite Stitchery Saffron
Petite Stitchery Tardy Bells
Autumn Pinspiration Boards
House of Curves Hangout members are already hard at work making -and sharing- their incredible Autumn/Fall inspired clothes… so of course we want to show some of them off too – because what’s better than real people in real bodies!?
Florence Taylor in a Made for Mermaids Jordan/Mya mash and Blended Threads Fabrics’ bamboo lycra.
Amy Close wearing an Eleanor Cardigan from 5oo4 Patterns.
Leanne Bagala (@threadyforit) wearing a George + Ginger RuLo in a rib knit from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe.
Laura ONeal (The Sassy Seamripper and @thesassyseamripper) wearing Dianne Joggers and Mable Cowl Tunic from 5oo4 Patterns in Black Cotton Spandex and Boho DBP all from Sly Fox Fabrics.
Dianna and Zoe are both wearing Magnolia Tees (free!) from Sonia Estep Designs in modal from So Sew English.
Melissa’s daughter was surprised with a new outfit and tickets to go see JoJo Siwa in concert! Her mom made her the Eunoia Patterns Livy Leo in Kammie Lou Lou gold glitter and a circle skirt (using the By Hand London calculator) out of Rainbow Bubbles and Mermaids from Eurogirls Boutique. She also modified a RTW jacket by adding bands and appliques.
Melissa Mitchell (Dream Brulee) is wearing a french terry Mama Stella from Made by Mermaids and 5004 Ninja leggings.
Florence Taylor in a George + Ginger Tie Me Up free dolman made in sweater knit from Boho Fabrics.
Lindsay Hamilton (@BubbleButtsNBows) wearing a Dynamite from Ragamuffin Patterns. The back is slightly modified to fit the applique.
Felicia Kennedy wearing an Ellie and Mac Undercover Hoodie in Distressed Wine Hacci from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe.
Chrisy Hairfield (@silvermombod) wearing a Peekaboo Patterns Classic Hoodie in fabric from PurpleSeamstress .
Addie Walter (Goth Thing and Spite) hacked the Rad Patterns CYOD and Playsuit with lots of mods with gorgeous fabrics from Elevated Fashion Fabrics and Acheron Fabrics.
Felecia Kennedy wearing an Emmaline by Bella Sunshine Designs in two fabrics from Bow Button Fabrics.
Leanne Bagala (@threadyforit) wearing a York Pinafore from Helens Closet and a Briar from Megan Nielsen in a rib knit and corduroy both from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe.
Joelle Wacker (Thread Blooded & @joellemarie72) wearing a Bella Sunshine Designs Reagan Raglan in double brushed poly from So Sew English.
Sly Fox Fabrics offers apparel fabrics at great prices and super fast shipping. They run a french terry pre-order in fall colors and you can watch their weekly live video showing off new arrivals in the Facebook group. They also show on the live and in patterns listing which of their solid double brushed poly’s match each fabric!
Stitchin’ Pretties offers a wide range of knit fabrics at excellent pricing. New fabrics are added frequently and the clearance section is ever changing. Shipping is typically within 1-2 business days.
Sincerely Rylee is the darling of indie shop sweater knits. Darcey stocks so much sweater knit on constant rotation, plus runs some pre-orders for certain pieces and even brings in fun things like the poofs you can add to beanie hats. She makes incredible color palette boxes, mystery boxes and Darcey’s picks boxes are always raved about.
The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe is a family run fabric shop based in California. They pride themselves in offering the latest on trend fabric with special stockings twice per month, at an affordable price point with lightning quick shipping. Dhee also has a monthly subscription box filled with 3 yards of mystery solid knits, which is a wonderful way to stock up on the solid colors you may not know you need or two try out new fabrics you can easily match to other pieces. New inventory is usually re-stocked on Fridays and 4:00pm PST with a live video preview in their group and hour before.
Boho Fabrics offers so many fabric bases and embellishments that it’s often hard to narrow down your purchase. Bundles often help with the difficult choices, as they are “hand-curated designer selections of mystery boxes”, and the selector has Amazing taste! Their sweater knit, French Terry knit, and color palette boxes are exquisite, and very reasonably priced. They also offer trims and appliqué bundles to zhuzh up your look. Shipping happens 3-5 business days after an order, and they often have amazing sales.
Simply By Ti specializes in simple fabrics that are easy to sew, wash and wear. She has standards like DBP, FT, RS, and CL but also more specialty items like wickaway fabrics, lace, bra components, needles, and rotary blades. Ti runs great specials throughout the year, notifying folks via email and in her group. She also has swatches in case you can’t decide what to order or just want to learn more about fabrics. Check out her YouTube channel for past FB lives where she chats about her fabrics, garments, and best practices on things like construction and fit.
Amelia Lane Designs is an amazing new inclusive online fabric shop. Founded by Mya Jones-Bohman and Colleen Cameli, ALD carries most all of your knit needs, and they are shipping ninjas! They try to always ship same-day!! They have amazing and fun athletic fabric, DBP, RS, and ITY. They also carry fun and always fresh new bases, like the plushest Hacci and Rib Knits. Their bundles are often OOAK, and so reasonably priced that you’ll want to buy them all. Join their Friday morning FB Lives to get the scoop on new releases and hot sales!
Surge Fabric is your one stop, affordable pricing and fast shipping shop. Surge prides themselves in researching the quality of fabrics to ensure they always offer a superb product. Sweater knits, french terry, ponte and athletic knits are just a few of fall fabrics offered by Surge. Just this summer Kayla & her family moved to have a larger shop with a more central location in order to provide fast shipping to anyone in the U.S. That’s an incredible amount of dedication to offer fantastic customer satisfaction.
Mily Mae Fabrics is a delightful shop, filled with knit and woven fabrics of all kinds of popular bases. The owner, Amanda Zahn, and her copilot Katie Ponsford, will keep you in stitches with their awesome humor and amazing taste in fabrics stocked. They have everything from athletics, to gauze, to the latest corduroys and DTY. Shipping is usually same day, but they guarantee your order will ship in 1-3 business days, which is amazing, since it is a very small business (and Amanda is usually cutting and shipping).