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This year has seen a shift in the fashion trend from the athletic look to ‘Athflow’. But what is this new look all about, and how can you as a sewing enthusiast recreate it at home? In this post I am going to share some of my favourite Athflow sewing patterns – some of the best patterns out there to help you whip up the athflow look for yourself on your sewing table!
Athflow Sewing Patterns – Create The Athflow Look For Yourself
What Is Athflow?
What is the word athflow meaning? Athflow has been described as a stylish but athletic look that gives you comfort in all areas of your life.
Think of a look that can be dressed up to look professional enough for the office, can stretch with you in your yoga class and still be comfy enough to lounge on your sofa at the end of the day and you pretty much have what athflow is all about.
As lockdown and the pandemic is hopefully ending, populations are coming into the new normal. You may be working from home more. Being outdoors more. Trying to destress more.
So to facilitate this new different way of living, your wardrobe needs to accommodate this new style too. Think flowy comfortable dresses with plenty of room, oversized outfits, flowy trousers, casual jumpsuits and stylish loungewear. That is athflow.
Why Should You Make Your Own Instead Of Buying?
I am always going to advocate slow fashion over buying from the high street. Yes, Pinterest is awash with athflow brands trying to sell you cheap fast fashion clothes, but I will always recommend making your own garments instead. Why?
- A lot of the clothes and fabric on the high street are not sustainable. They may have been made in poor conditions and the fabric sourced from non-sustainable sources.
- You appreciate what goes into making clothes when you make your own
- The resulting outfit is more likely to be treasured, mended, cared for and upcycled once it has gone out of fashion.
- You will have a custom made, perfectly fitting and unique piece of clothing that no-one else has.
To be fair though, a lot of the patterns that I normally would make fall pretty squarely into the athflow category already.
So Which Patterns Are My Favourite Athflow Sewing Patterns?
Casual Jumpsuit Patterns
Even as a larger lady I love a casual jumpsuit. One of my favourite casual jump suit patterns has to be the Paper Theory Zadie Jumpsuit. It is classy, incredibly comfortable but also looks incredibly stylish. The pattern is available up to a size 30. And it has pockets!
It definitely has athflow style, as I can wear it all day. It can take me straight from the office, to a yoga class and then finally onto lounging about in the evenings. I have several versions that I wear all summer. I call it my secret pyjama pattern.
Other candidates for homemade athflow jumpsuits?
I love the Simplicity 1355 pattern (also called 9125). It has pockets, is easy to sew, features a lovely crossover back detail and produces several different styles.
I also love the look of the Deer and Doe Sirrocco jumpsuit – I haven’t made this as it is for more advanced sewists, and I love my existing patterns. This pattern is actually a stretch sewing pattern with a faux wrap top.
Flowing Pants Patterns
Flowy trousers are definitely one of my favourite summer looks. And my favourite easy pattern for creating this style is the Simplicity 8134 pattern.
From this easy pattern you can create long very wide pants, shorts, or a cropped culottes style pant with or without an overlaid panel. It is an incredibly easy pattern, with lots of variation.
Other pants patterns that I love is this Simplicity K9121 – in fact the whole outfit here is on my to-sew list. I have seen a great set on Instagram from WhatKimberleyMakes – she added a ruffle to make pyjamas – so this set is perfect for athflow fashion!
Oversize House Dresses
The last athflow clothes trend to land this year is oversized house dresses. Buffet dresses have been a real hit for those wishing to conceal some of the weight put on in lockdown, and so versatile utility dresses are a definite must for this summer.
My favourite patterns for recreating the oversized dress look are
The Simple Sew Utility dress – this is the perfect lounge to workwear dress, with it’s oversized look and huge pockets! Buy the pattern here.
The Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown – everyone went wild earlier this year for The Spring Dress – a buffet dress pattern from Nina Lee that was in one of the sewing mags. But actually the Wilder Gown is very similar. I did have to hack it slightly by adding pockets to the dress, but it is a lovely oversized house dress perfect for swishing around in over summer time!
Also on my sewing list to make this summer are the By Hand London Hannah dress and the Cashmerette Roseclair dress, both of which are in a size up to 30.
What Material To Use For Athflow Fashion
For all sewing patterns discussed above I would certainly be thinking of using certain fabrics over others. See my post on sustainable fabrics.
Sustainable fabrics are definitely my choice, so look for sustainable cotton, sustainable viscose, linen and linen blends, chambray and cotton jersey. These fabrics can all be found to be hardwearing, easily cleaned and are so soft and wearable. Viscose is definitely my go-to for the flowing pants. And all these fabrics are cool in the summer heat too.
So there you have it – a few sewing patterns to help you recreate the athflow look for yourself at home. Will you be creating this slow fashion look this summer? I love to see your makes. Do comment below with what you are currently making. Why not find me on my social media and tag me in your makes?
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