Fall ’15 Fashion Trends and Sewing Inspiration

One of the best things about August is the arrival of all the September fashion magazines, giving us a mega-dose of sewing inspiration just when we need it. We spent some time looking through hundreds of pages of fashion editorial to come up with the four key trends we think work best for those of us thinking in terms of fabrics and patterns: Quite Romantic, Luxe Bohemian, Mostly Mod, and Military Orders.

Fall 2015 fashion trend report by the McCall Pattern Company
Runway looks, l-r: Alberta Ferretti, Louis Vuitton, Altuzarra. Source.

Quite Romantic: Blouses and dresses with high necks, the return of ruffles, and soft, flowy fabrics like chiffon, georgette and crepe de chines. Patterns that fit the Romantic trend include 1) Vogue Patterns dress V9076, 2) Butterick dress B5985, and 3) Butterick blouse B6133.

Fall 2015 fashion trend report by the McCall Pattern Company
Runway looks, l-r: Donna Karan, Thakoon, Dries Van Noten. Source.

Luxe Bohemian: Rich fabrics, like brocades and silks shot with gold, with contrasting prints mixed together in the same garment. Patterns that work for this trend include 1) McCall’s dress M7246, 2) McCall’s vest M7257, and 3) Kwik Sew jacket K4139.

Fall 2015 fashion trend report by the McCall Pattern Company
Runway looks, l-r: Calvin Klein, Jonathan Saunders, Bottega Veneta. Source.

Mostly Mod: A-line shapes and simple lines reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s. Faux suedes and double knits. Patterns that translate include 1) McCall’s dress M7241, 2) Vogue Patterns jumper V9122, and 3) Vogue Patterns skirt V9132.

Fall 2015 fashion trend report by the McCall Pattern Company
Runway looks, l-r: Gucci, Edun, Oscar de la Renta. Source.

Military Orders: Sharp lines in navy or black, with brass buttons and other military-style trims. Patterns for this trend include 1) Butterick jacket B6103, 2) Vogue Patterns pea coat and pants V1467, and 3) Vogue Patterns suit V1466.


What do you think of these trends for your home sewing plans? If you’re participating in the #V1467sewalong where we’re making the Vogue Patterns Anne Klein pea coat together, then you’ve already embraced the military trend. Tell us about your fall sewing plans in the comments.

  1. Great ideas of how your patterns can be altered to make runway versions or no adaption and just use the beautiful fabrics available for A/W15. My Moto is “if I can make it, there is no need to buy it:

  2. I’ve always loved V9076. It’s so pretty.

    I have both M7241 and V9132 in my fall seeing plans. Love them both! Plus a bunch of the new McCalls.

    I’ll be watching the sew along! I already have a couple of outerwear pieces planned so won’t be sewing along this time.

  3. I am a big fan of the bohemian military, and mod trend. I will definitely be embracing it this fall, but I plan on putting my own spin on it.

  4. I think I’m in the Quite Romantic camp with a tip to the contemporary Mod Look.

  5. I think I am leaning to the romantic trend, I do like some of the military. I apreciate this and the sew the look options 🙂

  6. M7187 is also very close to the white and red designer dress in the mod section.

  7. I can’t wait to get started! !! Romantic and Military with a touch of 70’s

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