National Sewing Month: The Latest Sewing Trends, Fall 2011

Dear Readers,

It’s National Sewing Month! To celebrate, is hosting a special blog series throughout the entire month. Check back daily for posts featuring our favorite projects, new sewing videos and tutorials, guest blogs from talented designers and more. We’re also giving away a HUGE sewing prize at the end of the month. You won’t believe how EASY it is to WIN!

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Whether you’re already a sewing enthusiast or new to the craft, our hope is that this September will encourage you to create wonderful sewn projects.

Happy National Sewing Month!

Here’s today’s post:

Sometimes trends just pass us by. We wake up to find that the once ever-so-popular trends of yesterday (Ugg boots, fanny packs, bell bottoms – yes, remember those?) are old news. Well, if you’re the kind of person that at least enjoys the attempt to keep up, (as I do) let’s explore today’s sewing trends.

As the editor of, I spend countless hours a week perusing sewing blogs, reading up on the latest news and coming to my own conclusions of what’s currently “trending”.  A couple of weeks ago it seemed like you couldn’t hide from the Target frenzy caused by the new Missoni line. You hear Missoni, you see chevron – and boy was there chevron. If you missed your chance to snatch up the home decor or clothing pieces, check out this new homemade clutch which will deliver a similar look.

Chevron Wristlet Pattern

From the beginning of summer to now, I’ve seen tons of maxi skirts and dress patterns pop up all over the web. I’ve also come across women wearing these long skirts and dresses at work, at restaurants and just out and about. How could we not support a trend that allows us to look as chic as we are comfortable? Check out this new collection of DIY ideas.

14 Long Dress Patterns – Maxi Dresses and Skirts

Now, it probably won’t come as a shock to you but with the arrival of fall and Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin anything is in. On, we’ve created a collection of free pumpkin patterns for you try. Make these cute sewn pumpkin crafts for your home or as gifts.

12 Sewing Pumpkin Patterns – Free Halloween Projects to Make This Season


What do you think of the latest sewing trends? Will you be trying any of these?


  1. IRIS says

    not so much of a chevron fan (totally missed the raid on target!), but I am into seasonal decor, and might try some pumkin themed crafts for halloween/fall/thanksgiving!

  2. Patty Ojeda says

    I am not a fan of chevrons, and totally missed the raid on Target. But, I think I will try the pumpkins! They are so cute!

  3. Kitten With A Whiplash says

    I’m afraid this economy has left me in a position where I can’t jump on the bandwagon and spend freely for every new trend and fad in home-dec. Then again, I’ve never done that anyway, so I’m not missing anything. And when I want something new for the windows or the wardrobe, I’d just as soon pull out needle and thread instead of credit cards.

  4. Dawn Burnside says

    I Love the maxi dress patterns. Also the pumpkins are great. I will be making them for this Falls’ seasonal decor. They would make a wonderful gift, even at Christmas with some beautiful X-mas fabric & embellishments. I have not known this site long, but it is soon becoming a favorite of mine & I find myself here almost every day checking out all the “many” things you have to offer. Thanks for being a part of my day!

  5. says

    I love seeing the trends, but I hate spending money so I love ways to get in on the trend that don’t break the bank! But I love pumpkins best of the ones you mentioned because they come back every year … it’s always fun to see what people do with pumpkins each fall (like with snowmen each winter, flowers in the spring, beach stuff in the summer) … so much creativity out there!

  6. Cheryl says

    Not a chevron fan, not a clutch fan, not a pumpkin fan …. definitely not into “trendy”. LOL But I could get into a cuddly soft, long-sleeved, flowy, full-length caftan for relaxing on a cool fall evening.

  7. jems------- says

    Glad to see the maxi dresses. Being older & diabetic, I have some problems with my ankles and need to wear diabetic socks & clodhopper shoes so am happy to hide them sometimes.

  8. Virginia in Tx says

    not much of a seasonal decorator now that the nest is empty, But I do make and send them to houses of Grands! Our Target did not have the run, still plenty of chevron left, the shoes are the cutest! Cute pumpkin pincushion

  9. Teresa says

    I like the wristlet pattern. It looks like a fun and useful accessory. It might also make a cute camera case for a small camera…

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