Summer sewing plans

Are the lighter evenings making you twitchy? No, not hayfever, (or something worse) – I mean, are you dying to get a quiet, rainy evening to sew up a new sundress, a pair of shorts, or even a swimsuit? I’m a sucker for a beautiful summer dress, but this year I’m trying to remember to sew non-dresses, too. To try to keep a lid on UFOs and pattern shopping I’ve been making a shortlist of possible projects.

First up, I scouted out some patterns that might fit this summer’s 1970s vibe. People often say it’s the decade that style forgot, but I love the way that the less extreme fashions of the era have a laid-back glamour about them. And they’re much easier to wear than a lot of the 1950s-inspired dresses you see around. So I’m thinking wrap dresses, wide-leg trousers, A-line skirts – you get the idea.

I especially want to try re-making this Vogue wrap dress pattern, something I first tried five years ago, with middling results.


I think I now know what fitting adjustments I need to make to get it to work. (Cut it out one size smaller on the top but then do a FBA, incorporate a sway-back adjustment, and interface the belt to stop it stretching. Oh, and use my overlocker – back then I did the whole thing on my straight stitch machine!)

Then I need to find a way to use some of my existing fabric stash. I’ve got a piece of light-ish-weight denim that’s crying out to be made into Collette’s Beignet skirt, I think. I might try it without the belt, and broaden out the A-line a little.

After that, if it’s not October already by then, I’d like to try a wild card. Something truly summery and a little bit off my beaten track. Maybe the Bombshell swimsuit? Or this beautiful dressing gown? And those are just the ones for me…

What are you going to be sewing to wear this summer? Have you started already?

You can see my longlist (which is still growing) on Pinterest.

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