Now we have bid a sad farewell to the summer our thoughts have turned to Winter Fabrics and new season dressmaking projects to keep ourselves and our loved ones warm through the cold winter months. Although I adore working on floaty summer dresses and tops during the warmer months, the change in season presents the perfect opportunity to experiment with a new selection of Winter Fabrics and designs. During the winter season, I particularly enjoy experimenting with a more structured silhouette and super cute printed fabrics and of course, there are many events during the upcoming season which will give me the chance to work on more formal projects such as Christmas and New Year celebrations. According to leading fashion publications and the collections we have already seen on the catwalk, this season is all about warding off the cold in sixties silhouettes, printed fabrics and flashes of metallic gold. Here are my top picks from our collection to help you stay bang on trend this season:
Melton - one of our most popular Winter Fabrics year on year, melton is a hardwearing fabric which is perfect for warding off the cold bite of winter. Melton is the perfect choice for creating fashionable and practical items such as duffel coats and macs. Melton is a fabric similar in texture to boiled wool; this luxurious fabric is perfect for creating long lasting, classic pieces that can be enjoyed year after year. The classic, double breasted trench coat is the perfect addition to your autumn/winter wardrobe and is popular with many of the world's most stylish women. Kate Middleton in particular is a fan of this enduring style which looks fantastic when teamed with thick black tights and stylish boots or worn over jeans for a casual weekend look.
Tartan - for the second year running, the traditional Scottish pattern is one of the most popular patterns of the season. Some of the world's biggest fashion houses including Missoni and Hugo Boss, have chosen to blend the tartan print with other trends for an outfit that is bang on trend. Tartan has been one of the most popular Winter Fabrics for many years on the catwalk but has only recently experienced resurgence on the high street. Our selection of tartan Winter Fabrics are available in a variety of gorgeous colour options and are perfect for anything from skirts and trousers to coats, belts and hats.
Double Knit Jersey - double knit jersey is an extremely popular choice of Winter Fabric, largely due to it's super insulating qualities and is ideal for creating stylish clothing items such as dresses and tops. Double knit jersey a fantastic weight fabric and is ideal for casual wear items as well as more formal items which will keep you protected against the night chill on a night out without becoming too bulky. Double knit jersey is a versatile material which is not only ideal for clothing items but also for fashionable accessories such as scarves and pashminas.
Leather Look Fabric - our selection of stunning leather look fabrics are the ideal choice for Winter Fabric for creating high fashion clothing items for autumn and winter including jackets, dresses, trousers and skirts. Our leather look fabrics are designed to mimic the look and feel of genuine leather at a fraction of the cost and are a popular choice with vegans or anybody who does not wish to purchase an animal product. These stunning fabrics are a particularly popular choice for form fitting pieces as they are less restrictive than genuine leather fabrics.