Cara’s Top Pattern Picks for Christmas and Beyond

by Cara @sosewmad

With the festive season just around the corner, you may be looking for some last-minute inspiration for creating a new garment to wear on Christmas Day or to a Zoom party. Staying in is the new going out, comfort is the order of the day, but that doesn’t mean design and style go out the window!

I’ve pulled together some of my favourite patterns (not an easy task, so many lovely ones to choose from). They are in no particular order and range from a few hours to a few days in project length.
So let’s get started… What to make and wear this Christmas:
This top features beautiful gathers across the top and generous puff sleeves; it is loose-fitting enough to feel comfortable but could be tucked in to create a more formal look. Despite its defined features it’s easy to make and paired with a silky Tencel creates a statement and free-flowing sleeves. Made in a more structured fabric, for example, a cotton poplin the sleeves have form and the shape is more defined.
Do you need an additional layer to add to your existing wardrobe? This open-fronted coat features dolman sleeves (cut as one piece with the front of the coat) and has front slit pockets. This coat pattern is designed for no-fray fabrics and would be perfect in boiled wool, especially as the design has raw edges with lap seam construction.
A belted coat dress with a number of different options to choose from, including a short-sleeved maxi dress or a knee-length with long buttoned sleeves. It can even be worn open as a duster style jacket or coat. Fabric suggestions include Tencel,  Rayon, Linen, Cotton Lawn and Crepe
This blouse features a high collar, a yoked bodice and several ruffle options. It fastens at the back with a button. Additional ruffles can be added at the collar or sleeves. This pattern would be great for a beginner that is looking to take their sewing to the next level. Suitable for cotton and rayons. This would also be amazing made in velvet or drapey fabrics such as silk.
This classic day dress has 3 different options for the front bodice, all including an invisible zip at the back, inner pockets and gathers at the waist. It is suitable for light to medium weight fabrics such as crepe, viscose or a cotton lawn.
This pattern is perfect for beginners, learning a number of new techniques in the process; it will become a firm staple in your wardrobe. Designed for woven fabrics it will allow your fabric choice to do all the talking. Perfect for Rayons, cotton Lawn, Tencel and silk.
These trousers would pair perfectly with the Scout tee. These loose-fitting pants have a tapered leg and a loose fit classed as a ‘quick sew’ with inseam pockets. This pattern comprises of only 4 pattern pieces, the facings being included inside the pants to form the waistband. It recommends woven lightweight fabrics such as voile, rayon challis and Tencel. Also stable knits (30% stretch or less) such as jersey or interlock.
Easy to make ‘with no fiddly bits’ this is a satisfying speedy sew. It features a blousy top and a swishy skirt with an elasticated waist. It can also be made in either Woven or Stretch fabrics; using a facing for woven or neckband for stretch. Included with the pattern are a number of different options, knee-length or midi length with grown on short sleeves or drop shoulder bracelet sleeves.
I hope that this selection has made your decision-making process easier.
We love to hear from our customers so please do get in touch and let us know what you have made.
I’d also like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
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Cara x