Despite my continued insistence that winter last forever, the proliferation of seasonal sewing planning posts doing the rounds has reminded me that summer is on its way (shudder). Here’s my contribution, with a bit of winter, a bit of summer, and mostly just trying to make plans with stash fabric that has been in my wardrobe for at least a year.
1. Merino tops
Although my merino Paola Turtleneck Tee was destined for another wardrobe, I haven’t given up on merino jersey quite yet. I placed an order with New Zealand Merino and Fabrics for some 200gsm merino jersey in grey and blacj, destined fora plain long sleeve tee like this one from Ottobre 5/2015 (#8) and the high neck skivvy variation of the Pattern Fantastique Glacial Tee respectively.
Meanwhile, the remnants of the 180gsm ballet pink merino jersey from The Fabric Store were enough for me to eke out a casual summer tee: #1 Statement t-shirt from Ottobre 2/2017.
2. Some shirts
I really enjoy a classic white button-up shirt, and ordered this stretch poplin from The Remnant Warehouse a while back with the intention of making Burda Three Quarter Blouse 06/2013 #119*. As the fabric is quite thick, I might either lengthen the sleeves or look for a longer sleeved variant to make it suitable for winter.
The two short sleeve shirts have been put on hold til the weather warms up: the Style Arc Blaire Shirt, in a cotton voile from the now-defunct Spotlight $2/m table, and the Style Arc Tilda Tunic Top, in a viscose/elastane jersey from The Remnant Warehouse. Honestly, this one might never eventuate, as the Tilda is not available as a PDF and I just can’t bring myself to buy a single-size paper pattern.
Bottom right is my dream top: a silky blouse that Gillian Anderson would wear in The Fall**, made in mascarpone polyester satin from The Remnant Warehouse. The closest pattern I could find was the Style Arc Dotty Blouse, though I’ll have to omit that twist and add some sort of front hem. I also have to figure out how to sew slippery fabrics on my recalcitrant Janome, as it seems my former powerhouse Bernina has hit the dust.
3. Gorman style dresses
Now we’re really into the summer queue – blerg. This lovely circle print cotton lawn was also from the Spotlight $2/m sale, waiting patiently in my stash until I could find a pattern that mimicked the Gorman beach dress (below left). Luckily for me, Style Arc recently released their Lacey Dress, which is the closest pattern to the style I’ve seen yet. If the fit works, I’ll make it up in the lawn and some Cath Kidston homespun I bought on eBay for a song due to slight flaws.
4. Undecided plans
This is the wildcard section – projects which, for one reason or another, I’m not quite sure on. The first is the Burda Prairie Shirt Dress 04/2011 #107 in quilting cotton from my Spotlight steal. I’ve made the shirt variation of this dress and also altered it to a fitted shirt dress, but I’m not convinced the pleating my alterations added would work in such a stiff fabric. I might trace the larger size up and work from there.
The next is a tropical print cotton/spandex sateen (again, a Spotlight bargain), which I’ve been reserving for a casual tee dress. It seems ridiculous for such a simple style, but I haven’t yet found a pattern which would suit – any ideas? I’d like something with a bit of finesse, so it doesn’t just look like I traced an old RTW tee and lengthened it.
And lastly is this amazing/horrible Spotlight cotton poplin, in a lurid hot pink with carrot print. Obviously I had to buy it, but an appropriate project for such an out-there fabric completely eludes me!
**Season 1 only, because WHAT THE FUCK GUYS.