There’s blossom on the trees, the clocks have gone forward and I’ve swapped my heavy winter coat for a lighter jacket. It feels like summer is on its way, so it’s time to start thinking about spring/summer sewing plans!
First up, I have four weddings to attend between now and August. I am not going to sew a new outfit for all of them as I can get away with recycling – they’re all different sets of friends/family so I feel no pressure to look different for every event. And really, with that many weekends down the pan, am I really going to have time to do all that much sewing? Here’s the shortlist so far:
- A fit and flare dress for twirling on the dancefloor. I’m thinking something along the lines of the Mortmain or the Simple Sew Ruby – both patterns I have in stock – in some blossom print cotton from John Lewis. I have three metres. It needs using.
- The 1950s pleated skirt and top from Sew Over It Vintage in red triple crepe. I saw this posted on the Sew Over It blog last year and fell in love with the look. They’re both self-drafted, so it’ll be a nice little learning curve. And once they’re done I’ll be able to mix and match them with other outfits.
- A top that I’ve copied from a RTW top from Oasis – more on this to come in the near future. I’ve got some spare black triple crepe plus some cream silk that will do nicely for this, and both will work well with the skirt above.
Since I have so many to attend, the wedding outfits are probably going to be my priority. There are probably a million other things I’d like to make, but I don’t want to get carried away. A few months ago I read something on the Sewaholic blog about making plans for new season sewing, and Tasia suggested only picking three things to make. It’s a realistic goal, and whatever extra you make will be a bonus. Here’s my current top three:
- A sleeveless Sew Over It vintage shirt dress. I bought two metres of this Liberty-type cotton lawn at a recent meet up at Goldhawk Road. The man in the shop said it was Liberty, but in places the printing on the selvedges isn’t quite right and it doesn’t have that silky, buttery feel to it, so I don’t believe him. Anyway it’ll do very nicely for a summer dress that will keep me cool at work.
- Simple t-shirts/tops. I’ve got a load of leftover lawn and voile which needs using up. Small amounts means t-shirts – queue more Scouts or maybe a Belcarra or two.
- A crisp white shirt cos I know it’ll come in handy, whatever the occasion. I’d like the challenge of making a really good job of it and the Grainline Archer is sitting in my pile of patterns waiting to be used. Here’s some inspiration.
So yeah, now’s the time to put those plans into action! If I get through this little lot, I think I’ll be doing pretty well!