The Most Accessible Autumn 21 Trends for Dressmakers

The Most Accessible Autumn 21 Trends for Dressmakers

The nights are getting darker and the weather is getting crisper, (let’s not say colder and maybe it won’t happen), so to cheer us up we thought we’d have a look to see which of the autumn 21 trends are going to be the most accessible for dressmakers.


This Autumn more than ever there are two schools of thought, embracing both high octane “out-out” outfits and a continuation of the desire for more comfortable yet smart outfits, called “high-low” dressing. Clearly the former is the celebration of maybe (fingers crossed) putting the pandemic behind us where we can finally go all out - we are talking sequins, shimmer and gold cut outs and the latter is a more classic return to old favourites and investment pieces. But don’t worry, as always at FG, we have a handy guide to break it all down for you ……


Shirt Dressing


This year autumn also coincides with many people returning to the office which means we all need to get our act together and smarten up. This means shirts and some tailoring. Luckily, we have plenty of crisp, smart poplins, perfect for blouses and making a return to the office.


White cotton poplin for shirts    Black cotton poplin for shirts


It’s not just smart shirts that are going to be making a comeback but also the checked shirt - this time it takes a springtime classic into more of a wintery vibe. Instead of the obvious plaid check shirt why not keep the gingham trend going, especially if it’s in more of an autumnal colourway like aubergine…


Aubergine gingham check for Autumn shirts


However, we at FG love a plaid and are especially taken with some of latest ones, and in a brushed cotton they are also super cosy. 


Cosy plaid fabric for Autumn shirts


Mono Brights


Bright colours were a big theme, and after the last 18 months now that we finally have something to celebrate, bright colour seems the perfect way to do that. The colours we think will be making an appearance are the colours to go bold with, full on even with matching shoes and handbag. 

  • Bright Green

The Pantone shade of green for 2021 is called Leprechaun. Green has been featuring a lot recently, especially khaki over the summer, but now other shades are also stepping into the limelight. And the brighter the better, check out the courgette cotton poplin below, although if this  seems slightly scary why not make a simple trouser in a green stripe - they could be the alternative to jeans you have been looking for. Check out the cotton denim hickory stripe in green and white.


Bright green cotton fabric    Green denim hickory stripe fabric

But we are also quite keen on the idea of a simple handbag in our furnishing brushed panama weave in palm green as the best way to let the colour really pop.


Green bag fabric

  • Fuchsia

Pink has been a bubbling trend for a while now (check out our summer Pink blog from a while back) but now the boldest shade takes centre stage. To tone it down and make it slightly more accessible, it can be toned down with neutrals such as grey and white. Or maybe mix it in with a pattern to really let it shine. 

See our bright pink double jersey ponte fabric and our printed black and white cotton floral pop.



Bright Pink Ponte Fabric    Black and pink floral fabric


But if bright pink is too much for you, the paler shades are still going to be key to the autumn 21 trends, and nothing says autumn more than some cosy corduroy. 


Pale pink corduroy


  • Blues

Pantone has named a few blues to be big in 2021 ranging from a deep Indigo called Rhodonite, to a fittingly named Mykonos Blue (you can imagine where that name came from) and a slightly sludgy yet pretty Spring Lake. This range of blues is going to be everywhere this autumn which ties neatly in with another trend ….




Although always in fashion, this year the Canadian Tuxedo (that’s a denim jacket teamed with jeans) is making a triumphant return and fortunately we have some great classic denim shades to help you get on board. 


Blue stretch denim fabric    12 oz charcoal denim fabric 

Mega Knits

Now if there is one universal truth out there it is, that no one can ever have enough jumpers. But the knitwear is so BIG this year it has expanded to floor length jumper dresses. Could this be a more ideal post pandemic look, and we must say it certainly has us reaching for the cream bouclé. 


cream boucle    Blue French Terry fabric    

Now if your sofa is already covered in bouclé and you’re worried about blending in too much, it might not be your first choice for loungewear. If this is the case let us introduce you to Terry towelling, the texture is so soft you will never want to be smartly dressed again.


Large Handbags

With all the extra things we have to carry around, the hand sanitiser, the just in case extra layer, water bottles and coffee cups, it is finally the return of the large handbag. And we have been thinking of how great a giant suede tote would look especially in this dark chocolate brown. 


Brown suedette fabric    water repellant charcoal fabric


It may also be worth in bearing in mind all the things a handbag must hold in it these days, why not take the precaution of using a waterproof lining. 


Chintz and Floral


Florals are pretty standard for Spring/Summer, but the Chintz is hanging around for Autumn/Winter layered with chunky knits, black tights and boots, so if you have been thinking about making something from that pretty floral print, now is maybe the time. The more vintage the vibe the better. 


Bertha cotton lawn floral fabric

But if a Liberty print isn’t quite your cup of tea, but you were thinking of embracing the floral trend why not look for some with a darker tone so it can easily be teamed with black tights for those cold days. Also picking up on our recent sustainable themed blogs, a floral dress that can be worn in both summer and winter makes it a lot easier to wear something more than seven times.


 Cotton floral fabric in mustard yellow    Pink floral viscose fabric

Dressmaking-friendly Autumn trends


We hope all the ideas above will inspire your Autumn makes. As always don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice on the best fabrics for seasonal dressmaking. Why not visit the Autumn Collection and see what inspires you. Don’t forget to post your makes and tag us #WeWearFG.
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