So I know that we are already in Spring but in the UK, seasons are quite interchangeable! Yesterday was really warm (although it did rain briefly) but today looks like the middle of winter! Lately though, we have been having some warm weather and that has helped me realise that I have very few memade summer clothes. As it’s Me Made May, I’ve been struggling to find suitable clothing that I’ve made for warm weather so I’ve been looking at sewing patterns and fabric and trying to create some plans for the next few months that I can make. I’ll still have monthly sewing plans as there are far too many for me to make straight away and also, new patterns appear all the time and I want them all!
In no particular order, here are my plans for some summer sewing!
Friday Pattern Co – Sagebrush top
This is a brand new pattern that was only released last week. The Sagebrush top looks like a great top that I would wear all year round and could be made in a range of woven fabrics. It has lots of interesting details which I think elevates it from a standard woven top. It features poufy sleeves, gathers across the front, a tie back and a frill making it the top of dreams. I can imagine having several of these in different fabrics. Fingers crossed my first one is a success. I plan on using some blue cotton dobby from Felicity Fabrics for it. I’m so excited for this make!
Tilly & the Buttons – Tabitha Tshirt and dress
I love the Tabitha Tshirt I’ve made so much that I want another. I also really like the look of the dress version as well. I think it’s because it has a drawstring waist and I much prefer dresses that have a cinched in waist. I know I’ve made dozens of t-shirts before and I’m trying to up my sewing skills, but you have to draft the skirt piece for the dress yourself so that’s a new skill. I’ve also got some eyelets coming soon to create the hole for the drawstring and I’ve never done them before either. I’ve bought more of the fabric I made my first Tabitha Tee in for my dress version and I’ve got a similar print but in white for my Tshirt version.
The Avid Seamstress – Sheath dress
I bought this pattern at the Stitch Festival back at the end of February/ beginning of March. It was a bit of a spur of the moment purchase but I think it’s something I will wear a lot. The pattern looks quite easy and the instruction booklet seems quite comprehensive. The dress is quite similar to the Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons which I have made before but no longer fits! I liked the style though as it has a cinched in waist. The fabric I am using is a gorgeous navy dotty viscose that I got from Felicity Fabrics.
Megan Nielsen – Flint Pants
One thing I’m seriously lacking in my memade wardrobe is trousers or shorts, especially for warm weather. I made the Flint shorts a few years ago and I absolutely loved them. I also really enjoyed sewing them and they came together well. Again, they no longer fit. This time, I want to make the longer version that are cropped trousers but still with the tie waist. I love that detail and the fact that these are high waisted. I’m using a khaki coloured stretch linen viscose from 1st for Fabrics to make these.
Papercut Patterns – Sequence blouse
I’ve had this pattern for so long and never made it and I keep seeing so many beautiful version on Instagram. It’s a wrap style top so it’s quite loose, which I love. It also appears to have a snap where the top crosses over so there should be no boob spillage! This is good for me as wrap tops never seem to sit in the right place but a snap could remedy that. I’m going to use a gorgeous leopard print viscose twill from Sister Mintaka. It is a Mind the Maker fabric and has been incredibly popular.
I’ve only ever worn one jumpsuit and that is my beloved Sirocco so this is something a bit different for me. I’m going into this make cautiously. I like that there’s lots of details you can add such as breast pockets and lapels on the sleeves and I think I may use lots of these features. Tilly made a gorgeous navy nautical-esque one which inspired me. Again, it has a drawstring waist so it should look ok on me. I think I’m going to use a blue lyocell, bamboo twill from Lamazi Fabrics for it and add gold buttons to give it a nautical vibe.
Tilly and the Buttons – Safiya wrap playsuit
Another Tilly pattern! This is from her new Make It Simple book and to be honest, this was the pattern that sold the book to me. Tilly did an Instagram Live a while ago before the book was published where she showed everyone the patterns and the wrap playsuit was the one that stood out to me and made me want the book. I love a wrap top and it has an elasticated waist as well. I’m going to use the gorgeous bright blue floral print crepe that I got from Sew Me Sunshine at The Stitch Festival. As I love this fabric so much, I may toile this first just to be extra sure it fits and looks ok.
The Avid Seamstress – Sundress
This dress looks like the perfect summer dress! It’s so lovely and I’ve seen lots of gorgeous versions on Instagram. It has a square neckline with straps, a button down front, gathered skirt and a zip at the back. Lots of interesting techniques included. It’s different from my usual style but I couldn’t resist trying it. I’m going to make it in a linen viscose called Sage Leaves from Like Sew Amazing.
Even though I have no need for a pretty dress, I want to make one. I have the McCalls M7970 pattern and I really like view B. Again, it has a crossover top and elasticated waist. I really like the sleeves on it as well. It looks a really flattering shape and should look ok. I’m going to use a stretch crepe called floral leopard print in a blue shade from Material Girl Laura.
Peppermint – Wrap Top
Everyone loves a free pattern and this one is a beauty. The wrap top from Peppermint magazine is beautiful and I can’t believe it is free. I love a wrap top or dress so I’m looking forward to making it. I’m not entirely sure which fabric I’m going to use but I might use a white dobby viscose from Lamazi Fabrics.
I made the Wilder Gown a short while ago and really liked it, however it doesn’t get worn as much as I’d like. This could be because of lockdown or because it’s not my usual style. I do, however, think I’d wear the top a lot. It’s a pretty top and I love the neckline. I’ve just ordered a blue leopard print viscose from Material Girl Laura and I think this would make a fab Wilder Top.
These are my main plans for the moment but I have a few more loose plans that I would like to make including:
- True Bias Calvin Wrap dress in a black floral viscose
- Stitch Witch Patterns Bathurst Top
- Either the Winslow Cullottes by Helen’s Closet or the Ninni Cullottes by Named Clothing
- Paper Theory Kabuki Tee
- Lenaline Patterns Viktor Trousers or Closet Case Patterns Pietra pants
As you can see I have lots and lots of plans and ideas! I can’t wait to get started on them but as usual these could change as new patterns are released!!
What are you sewing for summer?