December Inspiration

Are we all feeling cosy and festive? The lights are twinkling, the fire is burning (if I had a working fireplace) and are tummy's are full of chocolate. I feel like I've been banging on about Christmas for ages, but I don't intend on stopping just yet! I love it!!

The December SewHayleyJane boxes were all about staying warm and cosy when it's cold outside. I love going out for a winter walk when there is frost on the ground, even better if there is snow on the ground. But you gotta stay warm! So I sent out boxes full of super snuggly fleece-lined sweatshirt fabric in the Luxury Boxes and a lovely quilted knit fabric in the Mini and Classic Boxes.

Most of the patterns below could be used with both types of fabrics to various effects. The quilted knit fabric would also be great for using as accents in garments such as yokes or as a pocket and jacket lining.

The Luxury Boxes included the Fraser Sweatshirt from Sewaholic which has a number of variations and can be made with contrasting fabric. I'm looking forward to making myself a snuggly top using this pattern.

I recently saw on Instagram a version of The Heather Dress from Sew Over It made using a quilted knit in two different colours and it looked fabulous. I'm fairly certain you could get away with wearing this to work with tights and boots, it'd be like wearing your pyjamas to the office, what's not to love?!

I'm yet to make The Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studios but it is firmly on my to-sew list. It has two sleeve and length options and can be made with a contrast ribbing.

A new-to-me pattern company is Schnittchen. The Annalisa pattern includes both the top and the skirt. The top includes batwing sleeves and a cuff along the hemline and sleeves.

The Astoria by Seamwork is a flattering cropped style pullover with two sleeve lengths, a classic yet comfortable style.

Specialising in active wear, Jalie is another new-to-me company. This pattern includes a sweatshirt, hoodie and sweat pants, that's a lot of bang for your buck!

The Lola sweater dress from Victory patterns has some really interesting details for the intermediate sewist, including curved seams, raglan sleeves and oversized pockets. It's a fantastic casual dress for keeping you super cosy.

Finally from Capital Chic Patterns is the White Russian sweatshirt intended to be made in a pre-quilted jersey or sweatshirt fabrics or for quilting your own design. The pattern comes with two templates and instructions for quilting and can be made as a long sleeved sweatshirt or a short sleeved t-shirt.

These are just a few ideas to get you started with your cosy fabrics, but there are so many ideas out there. Let me know what you're planning to make, and as always tag me in your pictures #sewhayleyjanemakes so that I can see your wonderful creations.

Happy Sewing!

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