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September Inspiration

Hopefully you’re feeling super organised (or at least inspired to be organised) and ready for some autumn sewing!

Don’t worry if you’re not quite there yet, I’ve got a good mix of patterns here for you, to inspire you to use those beautiful fabrics in your ‘Back To School’ boxes.

Mini and Classic

I love the Downtown Tunic by Sew Caroline for using up small pieces of fabric, the top uses a knit fabric whilst the contrasting bottom is a contrasting woven. You can really play around with your fabric choices with this one.

The Nadine Shirt b République du Chiffon is a great little tie-waisted blouse that will look equally as fab in the autumn as it would in the summer, paired with a denim skirt, leggings and boots with a cardigan thrown on top for warmth. (Does not include seam allowance)

For a super simple woven shell top to wear layered up try the Willow Tank from Grainline Studio. This top is fitted at the shoulders and falls into a relaxed fit below the bust. The neck and arm edges are finished with bias binding.

Another cute top from R̩publique du Chiffon is the Agnes top which features and adorable little collar Рwhich could be made in a contrasting fabric. (Does not include seam allowance)

Is the cold shoulder trend still a thing? If it is the Hippie top and dress from Vanessa Pouzet would look oh so adorable in that yellow gingham, seriously!! It even has a ruffle just to make it bang on trend!

I love the Hunter Tank by Jennifer Lauren Handmade for that Audrey Hepburn look, paired with either a pair of high-waisted capri style trousers or a 50s style circle skirt.

The Loretta Top by Seamwork is a modern style peasant top that can be worn on or off the shoulder and cinched in at the waist with fabric ties or a braided leather belt.

For a simple yet versatile everyday style top that can be made time and again in a variety of fabrics try Sew Over It’s Susie Blouse which features three different sleeve lengths and is finished with a cute little pointed collar.


The Shibori fabric that went into the Luxury boxes need to be shown off with simple patterns that let the fabric do the talking. The Kew Dress and Skirt from Nina Lee London is perfect. Falling just below the knee and nipped in at the waist.

By Hand London’s Flora Dress features two different bodices and two different skirts to mix things up. Choose from a tank or wrap bodice and a pleated straight or dipped hem skirt.

Grainline Studio’s Archer shirt is sure to be a staple throughout autumn paired with jeans and boots. You can’t go wrong with a button front shirt.

A new release from Jennifer Lauren Handmade is The Mayberry Dress which features an interesting curved neckline and off-centre button placket to the waist which can be cinched in with a drawstring tie or let loose after a big meal!

Fat Quarters

To continue with the organisational, back to school theme, use your fat quarters to make a simple little pencil case which will fit nicely in your bag.

And for your office or sewing space make this fabulous four pocket wall organiser. This is a PDF pattern that you can purchase.

For a super quick, no-sew project, brighten up your notebooks with a fabric cover. This post includes a couple of sweet printables to stick inside the pages.

Finally, to carry your pencil case and notebooks, or to use as a stylish shopping bag make a cute little tote bag.

Don’t forget, I want to see pictures of your makes, so post them to the Facebook page or onto Instagram using the hashtag #sewhayleyjanemakes. Make them as clear an bright as you can and they might be featured on the blog soon!