Its hard to believe we have just had spring given how much it has rained in the UK (especially with the cold temperatures!), but hopefully summer is just around the corner so I thought I would talk about some of my sewing highlights of spring. These are some of the garments I have made during March, April and May.
I’m actually really pleased with how much sewing I managed to get done; I’m still finding myself with lots of free time and am pretty much just channeling my energy into sewing. My husband also helped me transform out spare bedroom into a designated sewing space so I am no longer at the dining table. This is excellent because I can really “pick up and put down” my projects as I fancy without having huge clear ups!
SageBrush Top [Friday Pattern Company]
I’ve made up two versions of the sagebrush now, one in this gorgeous cat print viscose and one in a khaki safari print viscose. I made a few pattern changes including downsizing to give a more slimline fit, and reducing the puffiness of the sleeves. I also left the sleeve ends loose and flowing with a simple rolled hem instead of elastic. These have been the tops that I have worn the most frequently since making them.
The April Dress and Gemma Belt [Forget me not patterns]
I was drawn to this dress because of the wavy seam; and the unique belt detail. The April dress is an A-line dress with a wavy seam and can be made with and without gathers. The belt is a free add on pattern. I used this vibrant cotton poplin from sewisfaction and I just think this will be a perfect summer party outfit. I can see myself making a colour block version next to really emphasis the gorgeous waved seam!
The Wren Dress [Chalk and Notch Patterns]
The Wren dress (or blouse) is a button front dress with dropped hem and ruffled skirt. It comes with a few sleeve options – long, puff cap or the add on option with a gorgeous ruffle detail which is what I chose to do. I knew I wanted this to be a loose and cool dress to wear when its hot, or while on holiday, so I chose to use this pretty pink viscose from Rainbow fabrics Kilburn. I would like to make the blouse version next, perhaps with long sleeves.
The Pocketful Skirt [Stitched in Wonderland]
The Pocketful skirt is a high waisted pleated skirt, with a lapped zip and 2 pocket options – side seam or patch. It features a lovely faux button placket on the front and can be made in mini or midi length. I hadn’t made a skirt with a zipped back or pleats prior to this and it was something I really wanted to try out! This was a great pattern to sew and I think it has a really flattering shape to it; the high waist makes it feel lovely and comfortable even after a big lunch! I made the “mini” length version which finished just above my knees (I’m 5″5) and whilst the zip isn’t the neatest bit of sewing I’ve done you can’t really tell when its on.
The Morning Dress [Sew Beautiful by Kennis Wong]
I made up two versions of the summer dress – one for me and one as a birthday gift for a friend. It is a pattern from the book by Kennis Wong who runs “itch to stitch” patterns (there are so many patterns there to try!). The book pattern is actually for a lined dress but as the fabrics weren’t sheer I chose not to line either version and just to finish the V-neck with bias binding. Another new technique! The thing I love most about this dress is the triangle waist ties which add a really feature to the dress. I prefer to fasten mine at the back but you could also fasten at the front! I added flutter sleeves to both dresses, although you can also make this sleeveless.
Baby Romper [Great British Sewing Bee]
Like many fellow sewists I am currently rather hooked on the Great British Sewing Bee and I’ve really enjoyed trying out similar things to what they have been making. On ‘children’s week’ they made up these lovely little baby rompers, with gathered waists, elastic cuffs and plackets with poppers. To my joy they released the pattern for free after the episode so I knew I would try it out. It turned to be a great way to practice sewing and cutting with teeny pieces of fabric! I love how It came out, and I quickly made another one up so my friend can make use of them for her twin baby boys!
So those are some of my highlights from my Spring 2021 sewing. I hope you have all found time and inspiration to sew some lovely things!
Thank you for reading – Kay x