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November Inspiration

Time for a little round up of dressmaking patterns and fat quarter projects perfect for the fabrics included in the November ‘Festive Fever’ boxes.

As the main fabric included in all three boxes are cottons most of these patterns are suitable for all, depending on the length you have available to you.

First up are a couple of cute little patterns from Sew Caroline. The Sugar Pop Top is a sweet little woven top with Peter Pan collar and the choice of flutter or cap sleeves. Worn with jeans and a blazer would make it perfect for Christmas drinks.

The Tammy’s Tulip Shorts would make a super cute pair of pyjama bottoms, especially if used with the lace trim that was included in the box, although I do love the look of the pom pom trim in the picture.

New Look 6483 is a great beginners pattern and gives a fab introduction to sewing neckline facings, plus with five options in one pattern you definitely get your money’s worth.

For another great beginners pattern, try Simplicity 4236 for a versatile skirt. Give your outfit a 50s vibe with the half circle skirts or opt for a sleek pencil skirt which can probably be squeezed out of 1 meter.

Both these shift dresses give you the chance to play around with colour as can be sewn in contrasting fabrics. The Carnaby dress by Nina Lee has separate top and skirt patterns so can be colour blocked, or you could use a peep of contrast fabric for the pockets.

Alternatively The Xerea Dress from Pauline Alice has separate yoke pieces as well as side panels that form the pockets, so lots of opportunity to get creative with this one.

For some garments with a bit more structure and shape you could try Sew Over It’s Tulip Skirt. This would work particularly well with the Luxury fabric which will hold it’s shape. Pair with tights and your most fabulous heels – party ready!

The Faura Top and Dress from Pauline Alice features princess seaming on both the front and back and is cinched in at the waist with ties and D-rings.

The Lily dress from Colette Patterns is a princess seamed curve-skimming dress with a slightly tapered skirt and back kick pleat. The neckline and pockets feature a flap detail which could be made in the same fabric as the dress or in a contrast fabric – great for using smaller pieces.

If you want to try your hand at pleating or gathering The Zinnia skirt from Colette is a great one to try. You can switch between in-seam or patch pockets and add belt loops for some extra detail.

The Sabrina Dress from By Hand London is a sweet and simple A-line dress that can be made in a variety of fabrics and has the option of sleeveless with a centre back zip, or rouleau straps with button down front.

Finally The Day Dress from The Avid Seamstress is a flattering dress with fitted bodice and gathered skirt. With three different front options to choose from, all featuring a centre back zip, you can make this time and again.

As for those beautiful Christmas fat quarters, I’m definitely tempted to make a hot water bottle cover or two to keep me warm as it gets colder. These also make a great gift!

If you have any other festive themed scraps of fabric in your stash, add them to your pile of fat quarters and use them to make a fabulous fabric wreath to hang on a door. Probably best to keep this one inside the house though!

If you fancy adding a handmade touch to your decorations this year, try stringing together some of these stocking ornaments to make a garland to hang across the fireplace.

Why not try your hand at a bit of fabric origami and make these star ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree.

Let me know what your plans are for all the goodies in your November SewHayleyJane boxes.