Fall/Winter Wardrobe Designs

I am so excited for our fall and winter wardrobe this year! I have roughly two wardrobes per year-- one for Fall/Winter and one for Spring/Summer.  If you're curious why I structure our wardrobes in this manner you can see read more about it in my Wardrobe Philosophy




My goal is to show you how to create as many patterns as possible using my free shift dress pattern!  I've been sewing for about 15 years and very rarely do I create a pattern from scratch.  I just alter my base pattern pieces to fit my new designs.  

So if you haven't already, download my free shift dress pattern and figure out which size fits you best

Color Scheme

My color scheme includes mostly blacks, grays, and stripes. Although, I does have one small pop of color (red, of course) for a great red holiday dress.  

My husband claims it's more difficult to connect with new people if you only wear dark colors. What do you think?  Keep in mind he's an engineer, not a color psychologist.


I can sum my style up in three words: simple, structured, timeless. As I worked through my personalized wardrobe action plan I found I like simple, structured, timeless designs the best.  I feel more comfortable in those pieces--it represented me the best.  Trends are fun, but I'm more comfortable when I combined a timeless aspect with a trend (see turtle neck below.. I mean.. it's a trend). 

I appreciate trendy clothes and I think they look great on many people. But for my wardrobe I always prefer high quality, simple, structured, and timeless pieces.


I love textured fabric--in fact, I'm mildly obsessed with quilted textures.

I've been shopping at a few places (mostly JoAnn's and Mood's Fabric) for the perfect fabric for each piece-- and while I've only found about half of the fabric I need, I'm at a great starting point!  I'll link to the fabric as I provide tutorials for each of the designs. 

I have yet to find a solid black textured fabric I love, so please let me know if you know of any! 

The Baseball Shirt

My husband loves baseball and I've always had a raglan shirt that I love for each season.  

I'm going to use a light(er) knit with striped sleeves for my winter raglan shirt.  

It will be fairly fitted and generally worn with jeans, jeggings, or anything comfortable.

The Structured Tee

I've been obsessed with simple, but structured, tops for quite a few years.  I love the ones with heavy (er) fabric that fit really well.  

I'm using a heavy (er) knit for this (if you know of any quilted solid black fabric please let me know) with pleather shoulders to add some texture.

While this design is still super simple, it might be the one I'm the most excited about!

Update: Here is the link to the Structured Tee Tutorial

The Painter Top

Thank my husband for this name.

I'm obsessed with these sleeves.  

And stripes. 

I bought a gray checkered knit from Joann's for this design.  I can't locate it online, but I'll be sure to provide any details I can find when I write the tutorial.

Update: Click here for the Painter Top tutorial and pattern modification.

The Striped Turtle Neck

I know stripes are generally reserved for summer, but I just know they have their place in fall and winter wardrobes as well.  You just can't say no to stripes.

And I haven't worn a turtle neck is forever, so this will be interesting.

Update: See design change and full tutorial here.

Here is a link to a tutorial that is similar to this design with stripes and an open sloped back. 

The St. Louie Cape

I LOVE a good cape.  They're the perfect transition between cool fall days to winter.  

The St. Louie Cape will be made out of a black and white checkered tweed fabric, with large black buttons, and a solid black collar.

I am SO excited to make this design!

The Red Holiday Dress

I love simple red dresses.  Especially for the holidays. 

Keeping with my theme, this will be a simple design with structured shoulders.  

I have no idea what fabric I want to use yet-- simply because I just changed my mind this week about it being red instead of black. I'll keep you updated.

Update: Here is the link to the Red Dress tutorial (the style changed due to the fabric used!)

Amy's Designs


This will be an ivory colored crepe woven fabric. I've been wanting to sew a swing dress for a while, but haven't been sure whether the silhouette would work with my body shape.  However.  As much as I believe in dressing for your body type and sticking to your own style lane, I also believe that sometimes, you just have to go for it!  And if I don't love the silhouette, I can easily add a belt to cinch the waist.  This is basically a no-lose situation that I am overthinking.  Which is highly unusual for me.

Update: Here is the link to the Swing Dress Tutorial



My fall/winter uniform usually consists of skinny jeans or ponte knit pants tucked into boots, paired with a light tee/cardigan combo or a sweater.  I'm excited to add a little variety to my winter clothing with a chambray tunic that is longer in the back and has a side split hem.  The fabric for this tunic is only available in some Joann Stores, but I'll share the details on it in the tutorial.

Update: Here is the link to the Chambray Tunic Tutorial



Because the only thing keeping it from being a Plain Jane shirt is the lace insert on the sleeves.  

I used to wear black all of the time.  Almost every day, in fact.  But I just realized that I have almost no black in my closet.  (This is clearly Amy speaking.  Mindy's love of all things black is well documented.)  And I'm not sure why?  I didn't just decide to stop wearing black one day.  And I love black.  So I'm bringing it back!  The fabric for this is a black knit jersey with this black lace insert in the sleeves.

Update: Click here for pattern and tutorial on this shirt. 

I hope these designs provide some inspiration for your fall/winter wardrobe planning! I will be providing tutorials for each of these designs-- many will be created using this shift dress pattern as the base. 

I can't wait to get started and I can't wait to see your fall/winter designs as well.

Cheers to a great season of sewing!

Some of these designs will vary slightly based on the fabric I find.  I will keep you updated along the way!