Level up when you layer up

Sewing your own clothes is a great thing to do but it’s even better when you can wear more than one at once! Luckily Waves & Wild has got you covered with a selection of patterns that work brilliantly layered-up together. With a choice of sweatshirts, t-shirts and various different trousers (pants) and skirts, there are a lot of combinations to keep you warm during cool months or just to get that awesome “layered-up” look.

Ladies’ patterns like the Heyday Dungarees or the Penelope Pinafore are perfect teamed with the Cuppa Tee T-shirt or any of the adult sweatshirt patterns. In fact, the length of the Cuppa Tee was specifically designed to fit with the Heydays; there is enough length so that the t-shirt hem sits below the curved side-seam on the dungarees and doesn’t get untucked all the time. When the weather is cool I love wearing a sweatshirt under dungarees or a pinafore; I often layer-up like this without a t-shirt under the sweatshirt so there isn’t too much bulk. Making a sweatshirt in slightly drapey fabric, like a bamboo-blend, reduces the bulk whilst still meaning you get the interest of the different necklines from there sweatshirt patterns; a classic round neck looks great but I love having a hoodie or cowl neck on under dungarees.

A fun extra for skirt and dress wearers is adding the Lightning Leggings underneath. Leggings are a great way to add a pop of colour or a jazzy fabric print under a plain skirt (two jazzy fabrics together looks awesome too!). They are also a great addition under a dress or skirt for cooler months. In fact, if you live in a very cold place, leggings under looser fitting trousers would be a brilliant layer-up to keep out the chill too. Leggings are also a great replacement to wearing tights. If your wearer is anything like me then they might find tights annoying to wear…why do they always fall down?! But layering-up with leggings doesn’t have to be exclusively for cold weather. As the Lightning Leggings pattern comes with three different lengths (ankle, capri and knee) you can still add a pop of colour with capri length during warmer months, and the knee length are perfect under dresses and skirts for wearers who often do cartwheels and handstands but don’t want to show their undies.


The Woodland Wanderer is a firm Waves & Wild favourite during the colder months of the year. The pattern calls for “anything thick and warm” for this coat’s lining so choices like fluffy sherpa, even fluffier teddy and short pile faux fur are perfect. You can use thinner fabric for the lining but it does effect the overall fit of the coat. My children love snuggly fabric but are also hot-bods so they always reach for their cosy Woodland Wanderers but usually only wear a slim t-shirt underneath. This is a great way to layer-up with a warm-fabric coat, either in cool but not cold weather or when you wearer is always on the warmer side anyway.

Which Waves & Wild patterns will you choose to layer-up?