Timeless Classics

Timeless Classics

I recently wrote a post for the Sewcialists Blog about how to be more sustainable when choosing patterns to sew and one thing I didn't get a chance to talk about was timeless classics. Obviously a pattern that doesn't go out of fashion will last a longer and is therefore a more sustainable thing to sew, as well as giving you a lot more uses from the pattern in total. Harper's Bazaar recently ran an article about classic fashion pieces that never lose their allure and although a few were items that can't be sewn (aviator glasses for example), quite a few can be replicated by sewing your own classic. So here's DIY versions of their classic list!

Trench Coat:

Deer and Doe Luzerne, Colette Lady Grey, Victory Patterns Ulysses or a Cashmerette Chilton.

Ulysses Trench Coat by Victory Patterns

Slip Dress:

Tessuti Sadie or a Colette Cinnamon

Tessuti Sadie Classic Slip

Chanel Suit:

Separates are probably the best here. Jackets: Sew Over It Coco, Seamwork Lilliana, Vogue 8804. Pencil Skirts: Colette Selene, Sew Over It Ultimate Pencil Skirt or Deer and Doe Brume.

Coco classic Chanel Jacket

Levi 501s:

Megan Nielsen Ash, Closet Case Patterns Ginger or Cashmerette Ames.

Megan Nielsen Ash Stretch Jeans Pattern Classic

Biker Jacket:

Kwik Sew 3764, Style Arc Prinnie Jacket or a Mimi G Simplicity 8174

Mimi G Classic Biker Jacket

Simple belted wool coat:

Seamwork Jill, Grainline Yates or a Tessuti Oslo

Yates Coat

Breton (striped tee):

Tilly and the Buttons Agnes, Grainline Lark, Cashmerette Concord or Seamwork Alice all work well in a Breton stripe

Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Classic Breton

Wrap Dress:

Sew Over It Eve, Cashmerette Appleton

Sew Over It Eve Classic Wrap Dress Pattern

Tailored Jacket and Trousers:

Again, Separates are probably a better bet here. Jackets: Republique du Chiffon Francoise, Vogue V8333, Trousers: Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers, Named Tynni, Orageuse Bruges, or Closet Case Sasha

Named Clothing Tynni Classic Cigarette Pants Pattern

Barbour Coat:

Burda Barbour Jacket 10/2010#137, Closet Case Kelly

Kelly Anorak classic barbour style

So, what do you think? Are there any patterns that you'd consider to be a classic that Harper's didn't include?