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.

Schedule for V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along


V1467 pea coat sew along hosted by the McCall Pattern Company

It may be the last unofficial week of summer here in the US, but we are so ready to talk about sewing pea coats for fall. In case you missed it, we’re about to kick off our Fall 2015 Sew Along. This time we will be sewing Vogue Patterns V1467, the pea coat pattern by Anne Klein. Joining us as sew along co-host is Rachel of House of Pinheiro. Rachel is a really talented home sewer and we always want one of everything she makes. Did you catch her hugely popular Instagram meme that just finished, #sewphotohop?

Here’s the working schedule for this sew along:

Week of: Post
8/31/2015 announce sew along schedule
9/7/2015 picking fabric and pre-treating it
9/14/2015 making a muslin
9/21/2015 Prep work; cutting your fabric; marking your pattern pieces; underlining (if applicable); creating bias binding; reinforcing and stay stitching (Steps 1-2, step 11, steps 16-18)
9/28/2015 Front: Attaching pockets & side seams, topstitching (steps 3-8)
10/5/2015 Back & back lining: (steps 9-22, 35 & 37) and sleeves: (steps 23-29) Sleeve lining.
10/12/2015 Facing & lining assembly ( Steps 30-34 & 38-40) and Collar (41-54)
10/19/2015 Hem and Finishing (55-58)
10/26/2015 Buttonholes (59 -64)
11/2/2015 Parade of finished coats


Below is a blogger badge for sew-alongers. Just copy and paste it to your blog, but please link it back to this blog (blog.mccall.com). We will set up a Flickr group this week where we can share our construction and progress photos with each other. Hashtag is #v1467sewalong.
blogger badge for V1467 pea coat sew along

Two things we always get asked about participating in sew alongs: One, do I need to sign up to be in the sew along? No, there is no sign up. You can let us know you’re participating by leaving comments on posts here and on Rachel’s blog, tagging photos on your social media with #v1467sewalong, or posting photos to the forthcoming Flickr group. Or, you can participate quietly on your own without leaving any kind of social media footprint. Your call!

Two, what if I can’t keep up with the schedule? No worries! Relax, this is a go-at-your-own-pace sew along. We will leave all the sew along posts up indefinitely so you can reference them in the future. If you feel like you have to stick to a tight schedule you won’t enjoy yourself as much.

Next week Rachel and I will both be talking about choosing fabric for our pea coats. Stay tuned!

Inside Look at V1467 Pea Coat for Sew Along

Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat for sew along

Are you joining us for our Fall 2015 Sew Along? We hope so! By popular demand we will be sewing Vogue Patterns V1467 pea coat by Anne Klein. We’ve just created a Pinterest board of photos of this designer jacket. There are close-ups and detail shots—both inside and out—that show the lining, seam finishing and more, all to help us as we sew. Here are some more photos below, but head to the Pinterest board to see them all:

Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat for sew along
Bet you weren’t expecting a half lining in the back, were you? You can make it a full lining if you’d like.
Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat for sew along
Love this little dart in the sleeve cap.

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along on Pinterest.

Fabrics and schedule: We’re working on a sew along schedule and will post it here soon. In the meantime, get your pattern and start thinking about fabrics. (We’ll have a post later specifically about what kind of fabrics work best for this pattern.) The actual Anne Klein jacket is made of a medium-weight wool with a polyester lining. It feels very lightweight, in fact, not heavy as you’d expect a pea coat to be. It’s more of a jacket you can wear in the office or outside in fall, not winter, weather.

Back soon with more on the sew along and other things!