Great fabrics to use for autumn

As summer fades, and the transition into autumn brings cooler weather and darker days, the need to revamp and rethink your wardrobe grows stronger. Sheer blouses and skirts made from lightweight fabrics are relegated to the back of the wardrobe, making space for a range of heavier, richer and warmer cold weather favourites.


Choosing cosy fabrics


Deciding on which autumn fabrics to work with is obviously going to be influenced by what you plan to make. While some materials are versatile, others are more suitable for a particular type of clothing. Regardless, the autumn provides plenty of opportunity to indulge yourself in a whole range of fabrics which are off limits during the warmer months.

Here’s a rundown of the most popular and relevant autumn weight and style materials around.

Plain weave cotton pima


This versatile fabric comes in both print and solid blocks of many colours, and as it holds shape well, this is a great choice of fabric for autumn tops and dresses. It’s also a good option for beginners, as it is so easy to work with.

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Flannel


Cosy up on cooler evenings in flannel lounge wear or pyjamas. Conveniently, this fabric is available in several different weights, so there’s no need to go straight for the heaviest if you prefer something snuggly but lighter to wear.

Corduroy


Possibly the ultimate sign that autumn has arrived is the re-emergence of corduroy trousers and skirts, and why not? This is a comfortable, flexible and smart looking material to work with.

Denim


The classic autumn weight fabric, and super flexible too. With so many colour choices and possible designs, you could live in denim and never get bored of the skirts, shirts, jeans and more that you can make. Look for fabric which has Spandex or Tencel blended in, if you prefer garments with more give.

Cotton poplin fabric


This is perfect for making dresses, tops, and skirts which combine the style and comfort of cotton, with the extra warmth needed as temperatures drop. Online sources such as http://www.higgsandhiggs.com are a good place to track this popular fabric down.

Velvet


This has to be the most glamorous and sensual autumn fabric around, making it perfect for warm yet stylish party dresses, maxi length skirts, cocktail trousers or smart jackets.
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