Someone once wrote, “those who can’t do, plan”. As my time at the sewing machine is now limited, I’ll be subjecting you to another seasonal sewing plan post. This post is actually a little overdue – spring hit a good month ago and we’re already experiencing warm weather in the mid 20s. So I better get a move on if I want to wear these items soon!
1. Named Inari Tee Dress
I guess I’ve become one of those people who makes a million Archers, Hemlocks and Inaris, and I’m not mad about it. My wardrobe is sorely lacking in summer dresses, and I happened to have some leftover fabric from a Spotlight haul suited for the task – a cotton/spandex knit in navy/white stripe with gold glitter spots. I’ve got vague plans of making this in time for The Monthly Stitch Indie Pattern Month, but deadlines are not my friend these days.
2. Black bengaline pants
Last summer, I basically lived in my Style Arc Elle Pants, made in bright coloured Spotty bengaline. With the recent realisation that I had no black summer-weight pants, another pair of Elles was on the agenda. This time, I intend to add pockets, but I’m not quite sure how.
A slash pocket would stretch and gape, but back patch pockets are awfully impractical. I could really do with a side pocket a la the Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs Add-On, but I’m not sure how to finagle that with the existing side seam curve of the Elle, and I don’t think I could be bothered figuring it out either. Sewing brains trust, Gondor calls for aid!
I’ve also got a couple of 3/4 length bengaline pants from the op shop, waiting for their elastic to be replaced and patch pockets sewn on.
3. Style Arc Blaire Shirtdress
When I bought the knit for my Inari Dress at Spotlight, I noticed a tie dye denim hiding in the clearance section. For $12.50/m, I couldn’t leave it behind, despite having no immediate plans for it. Seeing Jen’s fabulous Blaire Dress on Instagram inspired me to designate this fabric for the same pattern. I’ve already made a Blaire Shirt with lots of added length in the bust area, so it will be a quick process of muslining for length and hip room (straight dresses catch on my lower half) before cutting into this fabric.
4. In the Folds Collins Top
I have some leftover rayon from the Sew Over It Kimonos and the Inari Tee I made last year. With the small pattern pieces of the In the Folds Collins Top, I think I can squeeze a top out of each of the colourways. Trapeze-shaped tops aren’t usually my thing, but in a flowing rayon it might be a better fit for my style.
5. Black linen pants or dress
This isn’t exactly a concrete plan, more some vague ideas. I bought some black cotton/linen on sale at Spotlight with the intention of making lightweight pants. However, when I inspected it at home, it proved to be really thin and see-through.
I’m not sure if it would suit pants, like these Ottobre Hazel Pants from their Spring/Summer 2/1018 Women issue, or a 90s-style sleeveless dress, Butterick 6139 (which I’ve made before), or nothing at all due to its opacity (or lack thereof). I think I’ll have to play with draping it into shapes in the full sun so I can tell just how scandalous it is before making any pattern decisions.
What are your seasonal sewing plans?