Starting to Sew for Summer

Although we had a fairly mild winter, it only took a few days of sunshine to get me thinking about what patterns I could pull together to start making some summer clothes for me and my two.  Lovely linens, crisp seersucker and double gauze, cotton lawn and light jersey knit are all fantastic fabrics for summery clothing and by mixing up fabrics and colours you can have a great handmade summer wardrobe before you know it.

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I pulled together these patterns back in early March and even had most of them cut out but I lost my motivation for a while so they sat next to the sewing machine until last week.  Two of the patterns I have made before, the Geranium dress and the Scout Tee so I  put those to the side and started with the new ones. First up was the Puffball shorts. Shorts on kids get a bit of a hammering outdoors over summer so I picked a bright purple polka needlecord from Fabrics Galore. The pattern is from a lovely book that I picked up after seeing on the instagram feed of Lauren Guthrie, former Sewing Bee finalist, now fabric shop owner. These shorts came together so quickly and I love that some of the seams are reinforced with extra stitching. The front pleats are a lovely feature and waistband and leg cuffs give a neat finish. They fit nicely but I will add an inch or so to the top of the leg pieces next time around to give a little extra nappy room. These are great for summer and could even make it into the Autumn with a pair of tights underneath.

Next up was the Oliver & S Roller skate top. I managed to grab the pattern on sale and had it tucked away for a while. It’s has a number of variations but I picked out the most simple for a little summer tunic for B using fabric from Gütermann Ring a Roses collection. Gütermann are most commonly known for thread but released their first fabric line in 2013. The collection is a lovely range of pastels and still reasonably easy to find and best of all they are 57″ wide so you get quite a bit more for your money (compared to standard 44″ wide quilting cotton). This came together quickly although I left out the elastic for a looser fit. It’s a smart tunic and great for cooler days as it’s fully lined and somehow I managed to have the perfect button to match just in my tin!. I think I’ll try to figure out making one without lining for when the weather really warms up, perhaps by adding a facing, or maybe using bias blinding on neck and arms.

Third on the list was the Scout Tee from Grainline Studios. I made a few of these last year so grabbed one from my wardrobe to check the fit. I pulled the pattern pieces from my file and got to work with a supersoft double gauze I picked up from Miss Matatabi fabrics over a year ago. This stuff is so light and comfortable to wear, just perfect for warmer weather. This woven t-shirt is a great staple pattern for any sewist, I definitely need a few more in my wardrobe.  Finally I moved on to the Geranium dress. I made a few of these last year for B and the pattern is just perfect. It comes with a couple of variations so I chose the cap sleeve and dress length. I picked up this lightweight printed denim from Empress Mills  and it sewed up great as it’s really soft and drapes beautifully. A certain someone will definitely enjoy twirling in this!

I now need to have a dig through my fabric stash and pile of patterns to see what else I can move on to next. The kids and I are really starting to build up our handmade wardrobes and it’s so great to get up in a morning and have them pick out something I made for them.

If you’re sewing over the Easter weekend let me know whats on your table and if you are looking for some fabric to start your summer wardrobe there are some good offers around for the Bank Holiday weekend including:

  • 15% of at Fabric HQ with the code ‘EASTERBUNNY’
  • 2 Free Gütermann thread at Plush Addict when you spend £20
  • Pay no postage at Simply Solids until midnight on Monday
  • Olive and Flo Handcraft are offering a free Fat Quarter with all orders over £15
  • 15% off yarn and fabric as well as patterns and accessories at Hulu Crafts
  • The Village Haberdashery have 10% of some of their woven collections with the code WOVENS10, details on their Facebook page
  • Sew Hot have a 20% discount over the holiday weekend with code ‘BUNNY20’
  • Girl Charlee have 20% off, no code needed
  • There will be a sale of fabrics at £8.75/m over at Celtic Fusion Fabrics Facebook page starting Saturday at 9am
  • The Crafty Mastermind have a sale on with up to 60% off until Tuesday 18th
  • Fabric Galore are having a special discount on seasonal Liberty fabrics on Friday 14th with code ‘EGGCELLENT’
  •  Sew Over It has 20% discount on patterns, kits and classes with code ‘EASTERSTITCHES’

Please check out each retailer for any special conditions or limitations before you place your orders!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend, whether it be spending time with family and friends or simply finding a bit of extra time to sew!

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