Sewing Daydreams for Spring

When I’m not sewing, I dream about what I wish I was sewing! Even when I’m sewing, I’m dreaming of the ten other things I want to make next.

If I had unlimited time, here’s what I wish I was sewing right now!

A lavender cotton dress. I saw an image in a magazine that I just loved – caramel leather jacket, lavender cotton voile dress. Purple was the colour I wore as a kid – you know, when you have a colour that everyone picks for you and that becomes ‘your’ colour? My kid colours were purple and forest green. So naturally, I avoid purple now! Except when it’s soft and pretty like this lavender. And worn with a caramel jacket.

Dotted Minoru Jacket. Yes, I’m still on this train. Wouldn’t it also be cute with the mythical lavender cotton dress?

Cotton shorts. If you’re like me, carrying most of your weight around your hips and thighs, shorts can be really hard to buy! I usually go up two sizes so they hang on the hips. Then I feel all effortless and casual and slim, since my shorts are loose and slouchy. However, I’d look much more pulled-together if I had shorts that fit in the waist. I feel very self-conscious in shorts, but I’ve started to care less that my legs aren’t toothpicks, and feel proud of my strong cycling legs. When it’s super hot out there, shorts are the best for bike rides, who cares about having perfect legs? Comfort wins over looking perfect.

Chambray button-down shirt. (Or gingham.) Perfect with the cotton shorts, thin belt, and red flats. I bought a Butterick pattern in a sale last year that ties at the waist but doesn’t end there. Great if you want the tied-shirt look but don’t want to show off your midriff. (I feel like we’re not supposed to do that after 30 – or was that miniskirts? Am I really supposed to worry about that stuff already?) Either way, I like the look of this blouse. (One of the sleeved versions, likely the long ones rolled up..)

A Lonsdale Dress or two. I lived in my black seersucker Lonsdale Dress last summer! It’s easy to find a nice cotton voile or cotton lawn and sew up this easy, comfortable dress.

If I made the shorts in navy, the tie-front blouse in chambray or black-and-white gingham, and picked a print for the Lonsdale Dress that worked with the dotted Minoru jacket, I’d have a mini-wardrobe! That is, if I made all of these items.

Well, that’s what’s on my mind. Cotton, blouses, lavender and dots. Fairly neutral for my usual taste, but totally wearable!

What’s in your sewing daydreams these days?

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32 Responses to Sewing Daydreams for Spring

  1. Stevie March 28, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    I have hot pink skinny jeans (even as a curvy girl,) Anything Grey or Yellow, Wrap dresses on the brain but I have about 10 UFO’s that would be really useful in my wardrobe including a pink gingham shirt Ironically! I am making myself finish these before I start anything else! Some just need minor adjustments but it will be great when I have it all done! Love your Ideas, I have the same problem with shorts! x

  2. Eleanor (undeadgoat) March 28, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    I just made my first Lonsdale . . . I want to make about 4 million more!

    • Denise March 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      I can’t wait for summer to wear mine!

  3. Annabelle March 28, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I love your plans Tasia! I’m sure you will be able to find the time for at least a few of these items. As I think about summer I’m really wanting another Lonsdale as well. Additionally, I would like to make a summer cami or two to pair with shorts or throw over a bathing suit, a vintage 1950’s dress and some Renfrews :) I’ve got to keep my plans simple since I don’t think I’ll have a lot of time for sewing.

    Cartwheelin’ Minoru.

  4. Michelle @ Little Peanut March 28, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    I dream of an entire wardrobe of shirt dresses. I’d love to make some that button to the waist and flair out just enough, but not too much that I feel like June Cleaver. And with modern cap sleeves. Aaaaahhhh… that would be a dream come true!

  5. Funnygrrl March 28, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    I have my retro dress planned in navy, blue and white and some linen iteams; a skirt and a coatdress. I love the dotted Minoru idea. A print that will go with so much!
    The tied shirt is tricky, especially on a bike, if it’s riding up at the back. You’ll feel like constantly tugging it. I think. The pattern is a nice one with the added length.
    Can’t wait to see what you get done! Maybe a mini-wardrobe challenge is in order!

  6. TM March 28, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    I’m dreaming of a coral pink and mustard yellow Pendrell dress with pockets. It’s a little wild in my head, but I think I can rock it. Also, I love the picture with the shorts. I know that’s an InStyle magazine, and it’s one I’ve refused to recycle because I love that spread!

  7. Inna March 28, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Now when I finished my first Minoru I am looking forward to making another one. This time it will be from the waterproof fabric! I also dream of a pencil skirt, 2-3 dresses for the summer, a jacket and a pair of cropped pants. Do I have all this time?

  8. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) March 28, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    what a fun post. Summer dresses !!! that is what I am dreaming of. if only the weather would cooperate. Also I would like to make a cotton poplin blazer, something to pop on over a T and jeans to complete an outfit on spring evenings.

  9. Mary March 28, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Cotton anything! rayon crepe, linen, cotton blends all figure high on my summer dream list. I have dresses, pants, capris, and tops all pinned on my Pinterest boards.

  10. Susan March 28, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    You could certainly expose your midriff! Those with wobbly midsections( including me) should keep them covered up. I love your dream mini wardrobe, it would look so cute on you. I’m just about to start my first Minoru which will be in basic go with everything creamy/ beige, but it will have a leopardprint lining. I’m already planning Minoru 2 , the watrerproof walking version.

  11. Shona March 28, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    I can relate! I think about sewing too much. I’m currently planning out the fabrics and detailing for Megan’s upcoming Darling Ranges Sewalong. This morning I was thinking about making some cute belts, something I haven’t tried yet. And I’m dreaming of cute, summery dresses in anticipation of the oppresive heat we’re about to get here in Florida!

  12. kristin March 28, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    ooooh i love the purple dress and dotted minoru! my plans include a couple of X-backed sundresses (casual, but able to be dressed up and oh hai, color blocking for the first time ever!), a swirley, silk skirt in peach and working on some swimwear for summer :)

  13. Carla March 28, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    my plans are an entire new wardrobe of summer dresses, tops & skirts… I’ve gone from a size 12/14 to a size 6/8 over the last 2 years and the minimal selection of clothing I do have that fits, is getting worn out and boring… (I did manage to sew a summer dress last year for the first time in ??? years~fits good after hours of pattern altering) …love your idea for the polka-dot Minrou & anything in shades of purple! Happy sewing to all =)

  14. Marcy March 28, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I’m dreaming about the next pair of pants I make after the ones I’m working on in a class, finishing my vest (the Simplicity one I discovered on your site – don’t think I would have picked that pattern based on the envelope), a chevron renfrew inspired by lladybird, and finding a skirt pattern that will flatter me (or giving up on the skirt idea and making another dress – maybe the Colette parfait).

    I love getting inspired by all the sewing blogs I follow, but sometimes I do bite off more than I can chew. I’m not buying any more patterns until I sew up the ones I have now, and I’m finishing all the projects I have fabric for before buying more fabric. It’s less overwhelming to have clear boundaries.

  15. arlene March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    OMG……I love the polka dot jacket! I’m drulling all over my laptop!
    My mom always liked me in RED….my fav colours now are black/navy, RED with a bit or white thrown in for good luck…..
    I’m constantly dreaming of what I will make next….and what changes I can make to a pattern to make it ‘mine’!
    hugs

  16. Lavender March 28, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I just had to laugh that your kid colors included purple! Everything given to me as a child was lavender or purple, and thus I avoided it for years. I’ve started owning it these days, ignoring silly comments re: my name :) In other news, we had a warm spell last week, followed by a cold snap, and it’s had me itching to make the perfect shorts I feel comfortable and stylish in.

    • Tasia March 30, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Ha, of course people made you wear lavender! I imagine you got lavender scented soaps and whatnot, too. Funny how things that happened in our childhood affect our wardrobe decisions as adults! I’m warming up to purple and colours I used to avoid. Never say never, right? :)

  17. Astrid March 28, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    I just finished my first spring sewing – a Lonsdale in purple!

    I want to make another one, but perhaps with a narrow skirt. If you have time, it would be great with a blog post about how to approach this – e.g. would you start with another skirt pattern you like? Such a blog post would be great as a follow up to the “One Week one pattern” post you did :) I fully understand if you don’t have the time, but if you do it would be great help :) I realy enjoyed all the sew-along posts from the Lonsdale sew along and they were really helpful!

  18. Caroline March 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    LOL, I’m always dreaming about sewing! TO be realistic, next I need to sew some birthday gifts for my son’s little kindergarten friends. And I just finished a coat! … .but… I’m daydreaming about sleeveless summer dresses, a perfectly fitting sheath dress; drafting a pencil skirt to my exact body (and then making it up in umpteen variations !! – but I have two gathered skirts hanging out to be refashioned once said pattern is drafted – a pencil skirt is so much better for my body than a gathered skirt…) a perfect tee-shirt (might be your Renfrew; I haven’t tried it yet) a maxi dress, a blazer …. a soft gauzy blouse with a tie neck (black with little white polka dots!) …. I could go on and on. :) He he, you’ve set us all to daydreaming today.

  19. Melissa March 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    We’ve been having colder weather of late here in Melbourne so the sewing plan involves more pants made out of stretch woven for work and more knit tops. I plan to make a few more renfrews. Talk about near instant gratification.

    Mel

  20. Jessica March 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I want a million airy voile shirts and/or tunics for the summer heat! Right now I’m planning a Wiksten Tova (http://www.shopwiksten.com/product/tova-sewing-pattern-downloadable-pdf) in a lovely yellow and pink voile (http://quilthome.com/product_info.php/cPath/38_575_824/products_id/7427)

    I’m excited for things that are lightweight but still look somewhat professional and work appropriate. Now to find the energy…

  21. Katitarian March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I am not wearing about post-30 wardrobe rules as most people think I haven’t hit 20 yet…. I think those rules have been pushed back to 40, or 50, anyway. my sewing list includes finishing the ceylon from colette patterns I began in february and my boyfriend’s birthday gift (from january). ooops. then let’s see what month it is before I do more immediate planning.

  22. Amanda March 29, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    oooo sewing dreams… i have lots!! i dream of making a perfect pair of pants and a few lovely comfy and pretty blouses for work, and a ton of dresses in bright oranges and pinks for summer (one of them is the Lonsdale!) :D I have dreams that stretch beyond spring, but for now that should keep me busy LOL.

  23. Pauline March 30, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    I have the same “problem”: if I am not actually sewing something, then I am daydreaming about it. And even now with a skirt on the go, I can’t stop thinking of all the things I want to make before the summer. I have 4 weddings this summer so that’s my most important projects: at least three dresses. And one of them might be a Lonsdale. And other summer dresses. skirts, blouses… I guess some of them are going to stay dreams until next year.

  24. maddie flanigan March 31, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    A dotted Minoru jacket would be so so lovely. I’ve been dreaming of making simple lingerie/lounge pieces – chemises, simple cami’s, ect. Even though their “meant for nighttime,” the simple shape with a feminine printed fabric could be worn during the day as well

  25. nothy lane April 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I’ve made some Renfrews (which I love) and a spring jacket. I have the fabric for a Minoru jacket but I’m leaving it until later as the fabric is more for fall. |I love the dotted Minoru is so nice. Next I’m making some fun summer dresses. And I am thinking about getting the Pendrell blouse pattern from you so that I can make some nice shirts too. Button downs never look good on me…so that is out of the question.

  26. Bonnie MS April 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    I really love the polka dot jacket, the Lonsdale dress and the shorts are really cute! I can’t wear shorter shorts both because I am bigger and very pale and because I have a large birthmark on the back of one of my legs. So I am planning to make some cute fitted capries I have a white pair very similar looking to http://www.dillards.com/product/Levis-Plus-542-Denim-Capri-Pants_301_-1_301_503078736 and want to make those in a colored version-maybe a patterned version too? Too bold you think? Also some like these http://www.dillards.com/product/Intro-Ruched-Poplin-Cargo-Capri-Pants_301_-1_301_503136243 and I want to refashion a black corderoy maxi skirt into some cute vintagey feeling capries like these ASOS ones http://us.asos.com/ASOS-Premium-Skinny-Capri-Pant-Pants/xhndu/?iid=1894512&cid=4877&sh=0&pge=7&pgesize=200&sort=-1&clr=Black&utm_source=google_product_search&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=google_product_search&WT.tsrc=Google%20Product%20Search&r=2&mporgp=L0FTT1MvQVNPUy1QcmVtaXVtLVNraW5ueS1DYXByaS1QYW50LVRyb3VzZXJzL1Byb2Qv
    And some shirts skirts and maybe a dress or two for this summer for me.
    Then sewing clothes for my sons (5 years old and 10 months old) a few things for my sister and mother and pajama pants, shorts, and swim trunks for my husband…whew…what a list…I need to start cutting sewing and get what I have the fabric/patterns for done so I can get on I suppose!
    Off to daydream about pretty summer things now…Thank you for the inspiration dear!
    Bonnie
    ridingthebonnieway.blogspot.com

  27. Ryan April 5, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I made my first pair of shorts in a long time last summer. generally I don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts because they seem too tight around my thighs, or longer ones seem dowdy (I only realized this after seeing a photo of myself in shorts that were several inches above the knee and my 35″ inseam legs looked positively stumpy!).

    The shorts I made last year – and I plan on making 2 more pair this year – were an adapted pants pattern that I widened at the bottom. I realized that shorts that flare out at the bottom and stand away from my legs are more flattering.

  28. Gail April 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m glad to hear that I am not the only one dreaming clothes. I have to stop myself from staring at stylish women I see scruntinising the seamlines on their clothes. I look like a mad woman!

  29. Tara April 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Hey, I found two dotted coats/jackets online that I thought would be good additional inspiration for a minoru jacket. Just wanted to share!

    http://www.ambidex-store.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=3843

    http://www.ambidex-store.jp/products/detail.php?product_id=3542

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