Between season dressing can be quite difficult and it’s hard to commit to the seasons trends upfront when there's chance of warmer days.

In the past few years the English weather has been very unpredictable – one minute it’s hot and sunny and you’re wearing a summer dress and the next,  it’s damp and cold and you’re reaching for a raincoat! The high street wants to give us winter coats in the middle of summer and bikini’s in the early spring but by dressmaking you can solve the ‘what to wear’ dilemma by making your own essential garments to transcend the seasons.


1. Casual comfort
The casual shirt is one of the key trends at the moment. Make this one from New Look 6232 (sizes 8-XL) and mix fabrics up with contrasting cuffs, collars and button placket. Wear by itself on warmer days or add additional layers for the cooler days.

2. Tailored on top
Not chiller enough to wear a coat, a tailored jacket is the stylish alternative. This one from My Image has been designed with several body shapes in mind and will give a superb fit for a wide range of sizes. Make in the latest tweed fabrics to give any high street designer’s jacket a run for their money!
My Image M1361 featured in the Autumn/Winter 2013/2014 magazine

3. Stretch-knit dress
A stretch-knit dress is so useful and comfortable too, it can be layered up with a jacket and worn with tights or leggings for different looks. This close-fitting, pullover dress from McCalls can be made with short, 3/4 length sleeves or no sleeves. The pattern also features several neck variations include a casual cowl neck and comes in a good range of sizes.
McCalls 6612 (sizes 8-24W)

4. Pencil skirt
This pencil shirt is a definite key piece for this season. This high-waisted pencil skirt with peplum and hem ruffle variations from By Hand London, has been designed with an hourglass figure in mind, allowing a generous amount of ease at the hips.
By Hand London, Charlotte skirt (sizes 2/6 – 16/20)

5. Silhouette ankle-skimming trousers
This style of trousers is a wardrobe must-have. This pair from Simplicity comes from its Amazing Fit collection with individual pattern pieces or slim, average and curvy fit. These Misses’ & Miss Petite slimline trousers have fly front, contoured waist band and front slash pockets.
Simplicity 1696 (sizes 8-16)