At the beginning of a new year, most of us like to look to the future, make plans, take up hobbies and stretch ourselves.
All of the sewing bloggers agreed that 2014 is the year home sewers fall in love with sewing knit or stretchy fabric!
Rosie says as most of the fashionable high-street brands – American Apparel and Top Shop – are stacked full of stretchy pieces, and sports wear is huge on the designer catwalks this Spring, home sewers will to inspired to have a go at sewing knits themselves.
Melissa says advanced home sewers are buying specialist sewing machines specifically designed for stretch fabrics like the cover stitch machine. Home sewers are now looking to get a ‘pro’ finish at home
Tilly feels that sewing with knits is an emerging trend on the blogosphere, as stitchers discover that working with stretch fabric doesn’t have to be difficult
Tilly at Tilly and the buttons
With the second series of the Sewing Bee due to hit our screens in spring, sewing is set to move into the spotlight and become less of a niche hobby. Expect to see the media and retailers tapping into the trend
As more people are seeking to dress handmade on a regular basis, stitchers are becoming less keen on sewing party frocks and more interested in making wearable clothes that suit their everyday lifestyle
Melissa from Fehr trade
The Great British Sewing Bee did a lot for improving people’s confidence in their ability to sew clothing for themselves that actually looks good, if not BETTER than what they could buy in shops. I think this is the year for mass numbers of men and women to start sewing things for themselves..
Lingerie is going to be another theme for 2014. You can really save a lot of money over the high end bras, knickers, and slips, especially when you use luxurious materials like silk. Since you don’t need much fabric, laces, or trims, and you can sew them on a regular sewing machine. There’s also the added bonus that no one can see if you skip a stitch!
This year I think bomber jackets will be the hot jacket to sew, check out this one from papercut
My personal sewing this year is all about making jeans and using drape drape patterns
Rosie Martin from DIY Couture
I think 2014 will see a surge in sewing by men and for men. The ‘Male Pattern Boldness’ sewing blog continues to be a smash hit. Major indie pattern companies like Colette have started to release patterns for men, new male-specific pattern companies are popping up (like Thread Theory)
I think 2014 will be the year that men get behind the sewing machine and join their sisters in a DIY clothing revolution.
So, what’s on your sewing hit list for 2014? I’d love to know
Happy Stitching CL :)