The cottagecore trend has been big this season and it’s easy to see why – frills, tiers, ruffles and collars are just so pretty and the best thing about this trend is that, for the most part, as well as being really pretty and stylish it’s super comfy and cool too!
Sew the Look – Cottagecore, even if you’re not familiar with this term, you’ve probably come across the style without realising it had been given this tag. It’s that flowery, floaty boho style that’s everywhere at the moment, the style represents fashion from the 1900s with puffy sleeves, lace and embroidery also playing a large part. These are the kind of clothes you might imagine wearing while living in the prettiest cottage in the middle of the most beautiful village spending most of your days collecting flowers and tending to your animals – living the simple life and appreciating the beauty in the little things if you will.
I am a big fan of this style and what it represents, and I’ve put together a little collection of my favourite sewing patterns and fabrics which I think work well for this look – I hope you’ll find them inspiring if you’re looking for your next cottagecore’ style project.
Sew the Look 1
New Look 6516. is the perfect boho maxi skirt in my opinion and I love how many different options there are to make with this pattern. My favourite is the maxi version with three tiers and an exposed gather – I think you could have some real fun with colour blocking with this one. Can you imagine a version in three different shades of gingham? I also love the fact that this skirt is not only an easy sew but also so easy to wear as it has an elasticated waist. Perfect for summer picnics in fields full of wild meadow flowers!
I’ve chosen a bold pink floral print by Lady McElroy and cream embroidered double gauze to pair with this pattern. I think the pink floral has that perfect floral boho vibe and would look beautiful paired with a pretty white blouse or T-shirt. I also love this solid cream embroidered gauze because the broderie anglaise design looks very country to me and would look amazing paired with a pretty floral top – with some big puffy sleeves maybe if you were really going to complete the look.
Sew the Look 2
Cottagecore frilly collar style at its best – not only does this pattern have the collar but it also has some super pretty puffy elasticated sleeves too. This pattern can be made up as a blouse or a dress. The line drawings show it as a mini but it would be a simple hack to make it midi or even maxi by adding an extra tier or two. This would look wonderful paired with a pair of flat sandals or pumps and would be so swishy and comfortable. If you’re making your blouse or dress in summer you could always shorten your sleeves as well but keep that pretty elasticated frill detail at the cuff and keep the garment true to style. It would also make the pattern very adaptable to the changing seasons. It’s always good to get the most you can out of a pattern!
I love how the model wears the blouse in a solid colour in the pattern image below so I’ve chosen a beautiful black viscose dobby that would look pretty as a short sleeved version of the top paired with your floral maxi skirt above but would also look great dressed with jeans or a pair of country style denim cut offs in the summertime.
If I were making the dress version, I would make it maxi and go for all the florals with this beautiful Art Gallery rayon. You could always edge your collar with lace if you wanted to take the look even further – how cute would that be!
Sew the Look 3
I tried my own version of a cottagecore inspired dress recently by hacking two of my favourite Tilly and the Buttons dress patterns together. I used the bodice of the Indigo pattern and the skirt pieces from the Lyra dress to create a relaxed fit midi dress and I love how this turned out. Embroidered Chambray fabric works perfectly and fits well with the cottagecore-boho style. You could get the same effect with the border print chambray below. I’m planning another version of this exact dress in a ditsy floral as this will be so easy to wear during the summer months but also into autumn and winter too. I love this green ditsy floral viscose from Stoff and Still and think it fits perfectly with the country feel.
Sew the Look 4
Doesn’t this By Hand London’s Tamzin Dress have the perfect 1900’s country cottage feel? I absolutely love that square neckline and those tucks! This dress is described as ‘the quintessential folk dress that will have you twirling through summer year after year’ and it’s a perfect description for this beauty! I love the fact that it’s finished with an external facing around the neckline, which allows you to go wild with adding lace, embroidery, trimming and anything you fancy to sew up your perfect cottage core outfit.
Fabrics I’ve picked to go with this pattern are this beautiful sage slub linen Tencel blend that would look great trimmed with a pretty floral braid around that square neckline. And since I’m pretty sure no-one does cottagecore quite like Liberty, I’ve included a beautifully understated floral cotton lawn that would look amazing made up as this dress – possibly with a lace trim!
Sew the Look 5
McCall’s has been nailing the cottage core look this season and M7974 is probably my favourite of their lovely selection. I love the fitted bodice, flared skirt and flouncy sleeves. Not into big sleeves? No problem, you can make this dress with either long, short or no sleeves, which makes it so versatile. I’d need to go for the big sleeves on this one because they look so pretty but I love that there are a few different options there to potentially take you through the seasons.
I think this dress would look perfect made up in a solid colour fabric and I love this pink crepe from Abakhan fabrics. Crepe has a lovely drape to it and would work well with that swishy skirt and those gathers at the bust. I also love the idea of a gingham version of this dress. Gingham is so pretty and this seersucker gingham would be the perfect way to achieve that cottage feel. I absolutely love the colours in this. I’d go for the full on long sleeves in this one, make it midi length and pair it with a comfy pair of flats or a pair of pumps for summertime and with a pair of boots and a cardigan for autumn time.
So there concludes five of my favourite cottagecore style pattern and fabric pairings. I’m off now to cut out another Indigo/Lyra hack and I can’t wait to float around in it all summer (if the sunshine holds)!
Take care and happy sewing!!