It’s been two months since I did my so-called monthly recap and I nearly forgot to do this one! I’ve had a very busy past couple of months and there was not nearly as much sewing as usual. For most of March, I was getting ready to go on my trip to Japan, working a lot and sewing some things for the trip. My trip to Japan was fantastic (keep reading for a few pictures and info) but I’ve had trouble getting back in the groove since returning in early April. I think it was partly jet lag, partly life stuff (adulting is the worst! ;) and part that I didn't have an immediate goal in front of me.Read More
It is definitely starting to warm up in Southern California so I’m, of course, thinking of the dresses I want to make and wear. I have lots of fabric that is perfect for summer dresses and a big old list of patterns that I want to try out. Here are a few of my favorite patterns for the season.
10 Dress Patterns for Summer
1. Trevi Dress by Hey June
I love the button back and the swingy shape. I can easily see it becoming a wardrobe staple. I already have the pattern printed. Now I just need to choose fabric!
2. Willow Tank Dress by Grainline Studio
I love the simple shape of this tank dress. Grainline always makes the most perfect basics that will never go out of style.
3. Lodo Dress by True Bias
Another winner! I love the slight cocoon shape of the dress and the v-neck.
4. Acton Dress by In The Folds
This was one of my favorite patterns of 2016 (see my review here) and I’d love to make it again. I’m absolutely in love with the neckline and I’d like to try it in a floral print.
5. Darling Ranges by Megan Nielsen
This dress has been on my list for ages. I’ve even had it printed out for longer than I’d like to admit. But this summer will be different because the pattern is part of Sew My Style (for August) so I have extra incentive to sew it up.
6. Rumi Tank Dress by Christine Haynes
I love the look of a racerback dress. I made the Rumi Tank last year (see my review here) and I have a perfect bright coral fabric that would look great as a dress.
7. Gabrielle Dress by Seamwork
This is a brand new pattern from Seamwork magazine. The flirty skirt and cut out back is just perfect for summer bbq’s.
8. Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie Olson
This is another relatively new pattern. I love the classic style of this wrap dress and the short sleeves are just perfect.
9. Anneli Double Front Dress by Named Patterns
This takes a basic maxi tank dress and elevates it with a really cool front overlap.
10. McCall’s M7407
This dress is comfortable, chic and fun all rolled up in one. I love the swing of the skirt and can totally imagine living in it all summer.
Do you have any plans for sewing dresses this summer? What pattern do you plan on using?
A few weeks ago I shared my inspiration for the summer dress that I’ll be making for the #SEWTALLANDCREATIVE2017 Design Challenge. Today, I’ll be sharing the next stage in the process, selecting fabrics and a pattern. Usually when I’m making something I get to select everything from scratch and do whatever I like but this wouldn’t be a challenge if there weren’t parameters. I’m required to use two different fashion fabrics from the four that was given by Marge Clothing to make a dress for spring/summer. Combining two fabrics is not an easy task, especially when your selection of fabrics is limited. But that’s what makes it a challenge!Read More