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
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?