Needle, thread, fabric. It’s amazing how much creativity can come from such simple tools! In the past few years, the renaissance in home sewing has inspired crafters and do-it-yourselfers to new heights of creativity in fashion and the decorative arts. And you can bet sewing is only going to get more popular with the return of the Great British Sewing Bee this month!
Fueled on one hand by the shift towards more mindful living and on the other hand by the trend for increased personalisation and self-expression, there’s nothing old-fashioned about today’s sewers. Whether making clothes or home décor, sewing is the perfect making activity for anyone who wants to invest in a creative pastime that is both functional and beautiful.
When looking for trends that will influence home sewers, we have to start with the catwalk. Some of the high fashion trends that we can expect to see materialising in department stores and pattern catalogues include delicate details like lace, ruffles and flounces, knife pleats and puff sleeves. Wide leg trousers, cargo trousers and wrap dresses are also going to be sought after patterns.
The “artsy” handmade look, featuring details like tie-dye fabric and crochet, is still going strong, as is the western style with its fringe trims and distinct construction techniques that can be a fun challenge for sewers. Both these styles offer lots of opportunity for customisation and a chance for makers to express their unique personality.
One of the biggest trends influencing sewers right now is an increased interest in mindful and sustainable making. Many sewers want to sew their own clothes in order to reduce their overall impact on the environment. This includes choosing eco-friendly fabrics and dyes, utilitarian, multi-season wardrobe pieces and upcycling old garments into something newly fashionable.
Visible mending is at the forefront of the repair and reuse trend, making use of techniques like embroidery and patchwork to highlight repairs, with sashiko style mending becoming especially prominent.
Needlework is the crossover point between fashion and home décor sewing. Embroidery was one of last year’s most popular trends and this year we can expect to see even more. Embroidered designs are coming “out of the hoop” as embellishments for both clothing and home items.
For quilters, trends we’ll see rising to the forefront include an increase in modern designs with bold, solid colours, paper piecing and whole cloth quilts. We can also expect to see more hand quilting and embroidered details, tying back to the current needlework trends and a greater mixture of textured fabrics in use.
We also expect to see more applique designs, both in larger quilts and in smaller items/accessories such as cushions and tote bags. Look for text designs to be popular—everyone wants to display their personal motto—as well as trendy shapes and icons including hexagons, triangles, mountains and all kinds of animals.
With so many fantastic prints and patterns available from fabric designers right now, it’s not surprising that makers are drawn to sewing as an outlet for their creativity.