I thought I would do a Spring/Summer sewing plans post as doing one in the autumn helped focus me on my sewing priorities. Over the past few years I have sewn quite a few dresses, and over the last year quite a few skirts so I want to get some tops sewn up, but to be honest my sewing plans are mostly being guided by the fabric I have stashed. The good news is that after my a run of plain solid sewing, almost all the fabric I have stashed is patterned – things are about to get more interesting.
A Tiramisu. This one isn’t for me – my friend is turning 30 and having a big do so I wanted to sew something for her. At the time I made this decision I had just made an online impulse purchase of some very cool domino print viscose jersey. Unfortunately, as DH pointed out, neither black or white are my usual colours, however, my friend is a big gamer, so that was a great match. I am confident she will love the shape of the tiramisu and the domino print will look very funky.
Sally shirt-dress . I started fitting the pattern for this in autumn, but realised that it would be winter by the time it was sewn up, so I wouldn’t be wearing it. The fabric I have for it is A in Anna Maria aubergine Mary Thistle quilting cotton bought from John Lewis with a gift voucher. Once the fitting is sorted I hope this will be a fairly quick sew.
Kirsten kimono top. I found this purple tiger print jersey in the remnant box at my local fabric shop – I think it will make a great simple Kirsten top which shouldn’t take long to whip up.
This silk mix crepe is a 1 metre remnant from clothspot.co.uk. I was inspired by the photo to make some sort of cowl neck to take advantage of the drape in this fabric. I have not 100% settled on a pattern yet, but I am considering the Cool cowl top from In House patterns.
I need more wrap dresses in my life and I have a TNT pattern for wovens; OOP Simplicity 6674. I bought this bight flowery cotton my one of the Edinburgh fabric stores last year, but didn’t get time to sew it up before winter moved in.
This cotton is out of the remnant box in my local fabric store. I want to use it to make a summery version of Vogue 1182, which I have made before in a heavier satin. Vogue 1182 needs lining, which is good because this cotton is so light it needs lining for decency. Hopefully as the patten is already adjusted this should be another quick sew.
This is a UFO from the end of last summer. I started making a maxi sleeveless version of Simplicity 1801 out of this light knit, the fit needed quite a bit of work, and since the season was turning I left it as a UFO. Now it needs finished.
I haven’t actually finished fitting my first Edith blouse – I am not working at the moment, so I wouldn’t be wearing it anyway, but I love the pattern and I love the fact you can get a blouse out of a metre, and I have done most of the fitting work on it. When I saw this ‘Blooming seventies’ lavender-grey floral cotton on clothspot.co.uk I knew instantly it would make a great blouse – a relatively neutral colour, but with some interest through the pattern.
I got this navy and white patterned John Kaldor fabric free with Dolly last summer. A burn test suggests it is most likely a polyester. I don’t usually sew with polyester as I prefer natural fibres, but since it was free and I like the pattern I figure I might as well use it. The first pattern I that came to mind is Vogue 8814, which I think would make lovely floatly summer dress. However I have also realised this could make a lovely Gabriola skirt – I was inspired by the floaty skirts that were being sewn up last summer. I have got lots of wear out of my last two maxi skirts so maybe this would be a sensible call wearability wise. I’m not sure which I will go with, but I think both would make good use of the drapey properties of this fabric.
This is another summer dress I just didn’t get the time to sew up last year. I know the Maryilyn dress will look great on me and I found this beautiful blue cotton in John Lewis last year.
Butterick 4790; the Walkaway dress. Like so many sewers, I suspect, I fell in love with the Walkaway dress when it was featured on the Great British Sewing bee. I recently got some of this Densely-flowered cerise cotton poplin fabric which I think will make a great bright summer dress.
Betsy skirt. I have been wanting to make a Betsy skirt for a while, but have been lacking inspiration for the fabric. Recently I found some leftover denim in my stash and realised this would be a great workhorse skirt combo.
Finally I want to try one of the patterns from my CSC christmas swap present, Bold and Beautiful patterns. This jacket has caught my eye, and I have this wool cotton blend fabric in a pale purple (it has come out quite blue in this photo).
Fabric shopping list
– A knit wrap dress
– Walking trousers
– A blazer of some kind
A few fabrics lurking in my stash without a pattern match yet
Enough for a top in each of these three viscose knits from clothspot.co.uk in deep teal, peacock print and deep green.