When summer rolls around, I pretty much live in shorts. I love the casual, ready for anything look that they impart. I wear shorts all day and for sleeping too. So of course I’ve sewed a lot of pairs of shorts. I know shorts are not for everyone but I was a little surprised that there are not more shorts sewing patterns available. But I was also pleased to find a number of patterns with really cool design details. In today’s post, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite shorts sewing patterns to inspire your summer sewing. I’ve sewn a handful of these and the rest are ones I simply love the design of. Read on for all the details and links.Read More
I've lived in LA for about 10 years and while I haven't been to every store (there are too many!) I've done my fair share of hunting and I have a lot of favorites. Los Angeles is a big, spread out city with a lot of different neighborhoods so if you are visiting for a short time and have your heart set on fabric shopping, I recommend doing a bit of planning. Fortunately, most of the fabric shopping is located downtown in the garment district, known as the LA Fashion District. I've created a handy-dandy google map for you to use with all my favorite fabric and notions shops, plus a few sights and eats to keep you inspired and nourished on your journey. Read on for more details.Read More
My summer wardrobe is never complete without a swingy linen top. The combination of the swingy shape and the breathable linen makes for a cool and comfortable garment that can be paired with pants, shorts and narrow skirts with ease. And during the transitional seasons, you can throw a cardigan over the top and be ready to brave the more variable temps. Read on to see how I would DIY this fun and casual summer top.
How to DIY a Summer Swing Tank
Step 1: Today's ready-to-wear inspiration is the Cove Top from Steven Alan. I love the angled design lines of this top. The high neck perfectly balances the slightly cropped length making for an interesting and chic look.
Step 2: The pattern I would use to DIY this top is the Collins Top (view B) by In The Folds. The design lines are so similar that really nothing would need to be altered. I've sewn a couple of patterns by In The Folds before and they are excellently drafted and a pleasure to work with. So while I haven't used this one (yet!), I'm sure it is equally stellar.
Step 3: Our inspiration top is made in an olive green linen and the Collins Top pattern is well suited for linen, so let's carry one with this classic, summer friendly fabric. I found a Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in olive green available from Harts Fabric that would fit the bill perfectly.
And that's how I'd DIY a summer swing tank! Do you have any tops or tanks on your summer sewing list?