I watch a lot of makeup YouTube, and many channels make prediction videos each year. (If you are curious, check out this or this!) I’m absurdly out of touch with what’s going on in the sewing community, but I thought it would be fun to try anyway! I hope you’ll chime in with your predictions below!
1. Cool Tone Fabric
Makeup is swinging towards cooler tone colours, and I think it’s high time that fabric follows suit. Indie fabric stores have been full of warm tones for at least 5 years. I hope that their suppliers start branching out! 2022’s Pantone Colour of the Year is “Very Peri”, a cool violet blue that I tried to channel in my graphic above.
2. Dressing for Comfort and Confidence (Not Conformity)
No matter where you live, you have probably spent more time at home in the last two years than ever before. We have dressed for depression and days on the couch… for Zoom meetings where no one seems your pyjama pants… and most of all, we’ve dressed for ourselves. I think that will continue no matter how this year progresses. We’ll wear our fancy clothes at home because they make us happy, or our comfy clothes out and about because they feel good on our bodies. I think this is really powerful and positive.
3. Gender Inclusive Patterns
Over the last few years we have seen a few companies doing gender inclusive patterns, and I think this is going to gain momentum. Gender is who you are, not what your body looks like, after all. (If you want to know more, look here.) I think it makes so much more sense to let people decide what they want to wear, not tell them that it is only for certain people. For example, there are ungendered patterns like the Helen’s Closet Jackson Pullover or the Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket, both of which are modeled by masculine- and feminine-looking folks. But beyond that, every pattern can be worn by anyone. I predict we will see pattern companies improve their wording and include tutorials to make common adjustments for trans and gender-non-conforming sewists. We chose to sew our clothes so we can have exactly what we want, and we have the power to make any design work for our figure!
4. Established indies pivoting to new styles/focuses
Indie pattern companies started booming ten years ago, right around the time I started sewing. Many of those have faded away, but the once that remain will have to stay relevant. We’ve already seen Closet Core Patterns open their own fabric shop, and what started as Colette Patterns is constantly evolving as Seamwork. Cashmerette published a book and started doing smaller sizes as well. I’m curious what other companies might surprise us with this year!
5. Factory-to-Fabric-Store Transparency
I’m seeing an increasing number of fabric stores share the backstory of their fabrics, and I think this is a natural evolution of the sustainability market. Whether it is greenwashing or accountability, it does feel nice to know where your fabric came from! Merchant and Mills have mentioned where their Indian block prints are made for several years, and more recently Core Fabrics announced some fleeces made in their hometown of Montreal, and Blackbird Fabrics released some denims made in an eco-friendly factory in Guatemala. I’m excited to see this continue, because all of our fabrics were made somewhere!
My Dream Trends
Those were the trends I think will happen… but here are a few more that I’d love to see!
- Every company move to paid testing. If you can’t afford to pay testers, then your business plan is not viable.
- Accessible/adaptable clothing. People with mobility and sensory issues need clothes too!
- Indie patterns for tweens and teens. The children of all my sewing friends are growing up, and I think there is a market for them! From what I know as a teacher, the youth today would expect gender-fluid, modern patterns with a seamless user experience.
- Wouldn’t it be cool if someone can out with a line of denim patterns that had interchangeable crotch curves for people with and without a “bulge”? My husband wears slim stretch jeans just like I do, and we both own straight cut jeans too. I’m thinking how amazing it would be if the Closet Core Gingers and Morgans could be sewn for the whole family!
- I was thinking about what would replace the chore coat trend, and had a brilliant idea: CAPES! Fun to wear, can be layered with boxy or slim fit clothes, and can be as tailored or simple as you choose. Let’s make this the year we are all secret superheroes! (Ok, more realistically, I predict bomber or varsity jackets with sassy lining and statement back patches.)
Specific Pattern Predictions:
OK, let’s put my reputation on the line with some specific predictions!
- I see flared yoga pants making a comeback in RTW, so I predict that Cashmerette will build on their draft for the Belmont leggings by releasing wide-leg yoga pants with a knee-length gaucho view.
- Half-zip fleeces are coming back and I predict Helen’s Closet will release one before long!
- I’ve been wishing for a shawl-collar cardigan like the Thread Theory Newcastle but with a boxier, more modern shape. I think Grainline could do a perfect job on a modernized classic!
- The 90’s are back with a vengeance, and I think that Closet Core Patterns summer release will be a spaghetti strap baby-doll dress.
- Finally, and most controversially… JNCO super-wide leg jeans are coming back with high school students and that means we middle-aged folks are going to be eyeing them soon. I think that Friday Pattern Company would be best suited to make this stylish again.
I had so much fun writing this post, and I’m itching to know what you think! Will any of my predictions happen? What general trends or specific releases do you think we’ll have? Would you wear a cape with me? Pretty please?
9 thoughts on “Sewing Trends and Predictions for 2022”
I think more indie pattern companies and fabric companies will be using the patreon or club model to generate revenue. Building a loyal community of followers to their brand. Seamwork has a club model and Muna and Broad are using patreon. In the Folds is new to this with some sort of hybrid. More indie patterns will use Instagram Live and YouTube, for example, Friday Pattern Company. More collaborations will emerge. Closet Core patterns are collaborating with themselves, a cross over company of fabric and patterns. I wish I knew what style will take off, similar to the chore jacket or pinafore.
My dream trend will be that the hashtag #sewlimitedsizing doesn’t need to be used anymore. Hopefully more of these out of date body standards and norms will disappear. Language like “curvy” and “plus size” will also disappear from the lexicon.
How is it that “Plus Size” was ever allowed? We don’t say “Minus size” for the very thin.
OK – I pretty well agree with everything you’ve said – though I wouldn’t have been able to categorize as elegantly! I particularly agree with you about paying pattern testers. I have no idea how the community was roped into believing that testing on behalf of companies without being paid was reasonable. Right now I am knitting a gender-neutral shawl-collar cardigan (and this is a fashion must right now IMO!). And you are SO right about the yoga pants coming back. Last year I would have said they’re done – and I do yoga daily (in my Hudsons, which I also sleep in and spend the day in. I’m not proud.). But even I am thinking I need to make a new pair with some flare. And I’m sure everyone will be making them in ponte 🙂 (even me!)
Well that was a fun read!!!
It would be great to see more companies paying testers, but I’m seeing a rising trend of relative sewing noobs making names for themselves on YouTube & SewTok & not testing at all, but still being really popular with fellow sewing noobs (who, lest we forget, make up the lion’s share of pattern consumers), so…I’m not holding my breath on that front.
Trend-wise, I think we are not quite done with chore coats, but we are going to see an uptick in moto jackets this year. Gorpcore will continue its ascent with looks like the half-zip hoodie you mentioned, as well as garments with workwear/cargo styling. I will eat my hat if some super-on-trend company like Closet Core doesn’t have a corset-inspired look in the pipeline, probably for a spring/summer release. I think we’re going to be seeing A LOT of that. We will be seeing brighter color palettes–think more sunshine-y yellows versus the mustards that have been so popular for the last several years, tomato red instead of brick red, emerald green instead of pine, etc. I think we’ll be seeing lots of miniskirts & minidresses this summer. My personal prediction: mini trapeze or baby doll silhouettes. Keep an eye out for that, it’s gonna happen. & I’m wondering if we might see more people making their own puffer coats/vests in the fall/winter, moving away from the long-standing wool overcoat tradition.
I would also very much love to see some of my predictions incorporated genderlessly. I hope there is a shift away from gender-neutral clothing always meaning baggy & menswear-adjacent, & more toward all types of people with all types of bodies wearing all types of garments. Why not a corset-inspired minidress for all? Obviously that’s not everyone’s personal style, but neither is baggy, boxy, body-obscuring looks. I’d like to see some expanded diversity in what constitutes genderlessness dressing!
Those are great predictions! I’ve been wearing capes/shawls for years, knitted & sewn. Fleece is my favorite for spring & fall, cotton for summer
What a fun read! I think you’re probably more in touch with trends than me. I hope you’re right about the Closet Core babydoll dress, that might jump into my queue 😉 Actually I hope you’re right about everything because they’re all good changes and also unlikely to make me buy more stuff I don’t need, since my head is DEFINITELY not in sync with the current fashion trends. 😆
I would also love to see a trend of more sewing magazines move to offering magazines and patterns via an app like Patrones has done. I normally balk at printing out PDF patterns, but printing out & taping only 9 pages is pretty tolerable, and tracing when there is only 1 pattern on the paper is so much easier than the in-magazine tracing sheets. It also makes it soooooo much easier to get magazines and patterns from different countries, especially with printing & shipping issues that are going on right now. Plus, right now one issue of the magazine ranges from $2.99-$3.99 in the app, so that’s only $0.10 a pattern! You can’t beat the bargain!
Speaking of more indies moving to/adding a subscription model…. did anyone else get the announcement of one of a notable indie who is starting a subscription service? (I’m not sure if I can name them yet—I just got the newsletter but don’t see an announcement anywhere else.)