#letssewthistogether May, June, July, & August
Summer was busy, fun, HOT, and full of sewing. Loni and I kept #letssewthistogether going with some fun themes that helped us build our summer wardrobes. As always, you can find more about our monthly themes and Loni's makes over on her blog, Havin' Sew Much Fun.
So what did I sew? I didn't document everything, but here is a quick catch up of the themes and some of my makes.
May: Summer Whites
Who doesn't need some white clothes in their summer wardrobes? I had a lot of plans to sew lots of whites but really only completed one white shirt. But that white shirt was one of my most worn white shirts from the summer!
I made a sleeveless Cheyenne Tunic in the full button down view. The fabric is a white cotton/linen blend from Jo-Ann's. I wore this shirt so much. It was even a part of my summer 10 x 10 capsule wardrobe (more on that in a future post). I highly recommend adding a white button down shirt to your wardrobe during any season as it is very useful in layering to build outfits any time of the year.
I was hoping to also make some white shorts and a white jean jacket, but I didn't get around to it. We spent too much time in June at the swimming pool for me to get much sewing done. I do have the fabric for both so maybe sometime in the spring? I purchased some white denim shorts second hand and wore those quite a bit in the spring.
I didn't know it until Loni picked florals for June that I don't really wear very many florals. When I think about my wardrobe before I started to sew my own clothes, I tended to purchase solid, striped, and textured items more than prints such as florals.
I will say that I had fun sewing a floral dress in June. I had four yards of a lovely rayon challis border print that I purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics (the only floral fabric in my fabric collection) and wanted a summer dress. In the summer of 2017, I made a True Bias Southport Dress and had done a bunch of adjustments to my pattern pieces but never made another. I pulled out my pattern and it was completely ready for me to sew it up! Instead of stopping the button placket at the waist, I extended it all the way down the skirt and used some cute black flower shaped buttons.
Guess what? When you wear something that is out of your normal wardrobe style, everyone around you will notice! I get lots of compliments and questions about this dress when I wear it.
July & August: Free Patterns
Because of holidays, travel, and back to school, we decided to only have one theme for July & August. Thankfully, free patterns was a HUGELY popular theme and so many new sewists participated. (Thank you to all who did!). Our favorite fabric shop, LA Finch Fabrics sponsored a fabric giveaway for participants and by random drawing one of my favorite sewing friends was the winner!
As for my own free pattern sewing, I focused most of my time on a Burda Style pattern from a book I checked out from the library. The book is Full-Figure Fashion: 24 Patterns for Every Day Style and the shirt I sewed is the Challis Tunic. I am going to write up a full review of making this shirt, but I love it. And there I go again wearing florals and people commenting on it every time I wear it!
I also sewed a whole slew of free children's patterns this month to make my kids a back to school wardrobe. This is my favorite method for using up tons of knit scraps and unwanted clothes I made several Rowan Tee's from Misusu Patterns and a pair of Jim Joggers from Ikatee Patterns. (Side note: I'm thinking of doing a comparison of the True Bias Mini Hudson pants and the Jim Joggers. Would you be interested in that? Let me know in the comments.)
I made a few Ringer Tee's from Brindille and Twig (another free pattern) but my oldest boy is just about too big for this pattern so I will need a new sewing pattern for him. Any favorite t-shirt patterns suggestions for a 6 year old?
I also sewed quite a bit of other things that were not in line with our theme months throughout the summer with varying degrees of success. Isn't that how it goes with artistic ventures? I intend to get caught up on sharing all about those in the coming weeks.You can always keep up with my sewing in real-time by following me on Instagram @makerheart.
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