Change of weather means fall sewing.

The chill is in the air.  Fall festivals are popping up everywhere. Crisp apples, pumpkin drinks, and the smell of fall surrounds us.  My kids have switched out their T-shirts and shorts for long jeans and hoodies.  It is also the season for jackets.  There is nothing I like more than a good jacket!  Here are some great patterns I have found so that you can create one of your very own.

Jacket with tails I  made this pattern a while ago for a costume.  I found the sleeves were really long but other than that it was a easy enough pattern, plus it is a free PDF!

Talea is a cute overcoat pattern available from Burda to be printed at home.  It would be so nice if made from a luxurious wool, and could you imagine what fun you could have with all the buttons?

Bed Jacket Oh, how I wish to wear a silk bed coat and eat bon-bons in bed.  That is unlikely, but I could at least make myself a sweet little bed coat to wear for the run to the bus stop.

This is a free pattern, though you have to draft it yourself as it is just directions and a diagram.  This is from a vintage pattern book, I love that it gives us a look at a different era.

Here is another pattern from Burda, the Silk Motorcycle Jacket.  It is so pretty, I think I will have to add it to my sewing list!  I love the asymmetrical zipper and the slanted zipper pockets.

Indygo Junction trench coat

Available here at Woolstock, the Midtown Trench is a fantastic fall jacket.  It is a favorite for many of our customers, too. I even wrote a post about it.  I love that there is so many ways to be creative with this jacket, you could do color blocking on the different pieces, embroider the collar and cuffs, or just pick a fantastic fabric.

Another customer favorite is the Little Somethin’ Jacket.  It is perfect for those days when you just need a little somethin’ for the chill. It is loose and unstructured but full of feminine elegance.

What is your favorite jacket sewing pattern?

Resources – You never know what is out there!

As knitters most of us know about Ravelry.  This is a wonderful website where you can look up knitting or crochet patterns, projects, or yarn.  It also has an extensive forum area where you can make new friends and ask questions if you don’t have a local yarn store near you.

But what about sewers? There are a couple of options.  First is Pattern Review.  This is similar to Ravelry in that you can search for a type of fabric, pattern, store, or website.  There are also reviews on sewing machines (so you can get more insight than just from Amazon or Ebay when researching your next machine).  There are also forums which have message boards where you can get advice or make friends.  There are over 300,000 members, so this site is pretty big.

Another option is My Sewing Circle.  It also has pattern reviews and forums. Plus, there are sewing circles where people with similar interests can band together. This site is much smaller, but I prefer the layout of My Sewing Circle.   I plan on trying to put some of the patterns we sell here at Woolstock up to help build the site.

At Long Last!!!


We waited 4 months and finally Madelinetosh is in!  We have so many new colors, variations of colors, and new colorways.  You will love Madelinetosh yarn. Not only is it beyond soft, but the hand-dyed colors are amazing with their signature depth of color.  It gives you the interest of variegated yarn but the feeling of a tonal solid.

Woolstock offers 3 types of Madelinetosh-

This yarn can make beautiful shawls, shrugs, and sweaters.

Tosh Vintage- Pull Me Over

Pull Me Over by Andrea Black

Skinny Fit Mitts by Andrea Black

Vintage Bouquet by Dani Sunshine

Toorie by Carina Spencer

Harmonia’s Rings By Sivia Harding

Sampler Cowl By Heather Knitz Designs

September is National Sewing Month

National Sewing Month Logo

Did you know that September is National Sewing Month?  Way back in 1982, President Reagan issued a proclamation declaring September to be National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”  (Proclamation #4576)

Woolstock is celebrating by hosting a Two Fabric Sewing Challenge!!  Everyone who plays earns a free pattern (retail value up to $10, one per customer)

Here are the rules:

  1.  You must purchase at least 2 different fabrics between September 1-30, 2015.
  2. Yardage needs to be at least 1 yard each to count.
  3. Pre-cut packs or jelly rolls count as 1 fabric.
  4. Both fabrics must be used in the project.
  5. Project must be completed and brought into the shop on or before Sept. 30, 2015.
  6. Challenge is open to only local customers- sorry no web or mail customers.

Are you ready for the Challenge?