Summer Sewing Plans, 2015 Edition

Like most people in Vancouver, I get excited about summer here. We have what feels like a short summer, but when it arrives everyone’s in a better mood. People are happier and friendlier! Or maybe it’s all in my mind and that impression is due to my own improved mood.

Either way, bring on summer!


(a view of Vancouver from the Burrard Street Bridge)

I’m pumped about sewing summer projects. I’m only planning a few, because if I make a list too long nothing gets done.

I’m working on blocking off time for sewing projects, like in this post about balancing creative pursuits. I love sewing, and I want to give myself time to sew for pleasure, so it can be a hobby as well as something I do for work. It’s useful to sew patterns other than Sewaholic Patterns as market research. I also appreciate the work of other designers and pattern companies. There are so many great ideas out there!

My top three summer sewing projects:

1. White Sleeveless Granville Shirt

I really like the sleeveless version of the Granville I made here, and would love one that’s more neutral and goes with everything! (In fact when I re-read that post, I’d even mentioned wanting a white sleeveless one at the bottom of my notes.)

A sleeveless shirt is a great transitional piece as it works under sweaters and jackets all year round. I like a crisp white collar poking out of a sweater, and in summer, it’s an easy piece to wear with jeans or colourful skirts. My white fabric has a bit of texture, so it’ll be more interesting than completely flat white. I also find fabrics with surface interest look less wrinkly than plain solids, and possibly more expensive.

sleeveless white granville

The fabric is in the stack, underneath the blue dots. You can see the beige woven texture, from afar it looks like white but when you get close up you can see the detail.

2. Striped ‘Julija’ Skirt

This fabric I bought on holiday is too cool not to use right away! I’m thinking a straight or A-line skirt, something simple since I only have a small piece of fabric to work with. Lined so I can wear it with cosy grey sweaters and tights in the fall. Something like this striped skirt below, simple without a lot of detail or seaming.

julija striped skirt plans

(skirt photo source – lilly style via pinterest)

It has a similar texture and varied stripe pattern to my fabric. I may be drawn to the skirt photo since the same fabric also came in a blue colourway! I’d possibly want more of an A-line, so I can wear it cycling to work.

3. Bleuet Dress

I made a Deer & Doe pattern a while back (the Anemone skirt), and when someone mentioned the Bleuet dress pattern, I looked it up and loved that little bow detail at the small of the back! Is the bow too cutesy for a grown woman? Am I getting too old for big fabric bows? Nope! Hope not anyways. It’s the detail that attracted me to the pattern in the first place so I don’t want to leave it off.

Whenever I find something I’m interested in sewing, I look for other people’s versions of the pattern. This version by Anneke is especially lovely with a hand-embroidered collar!

anneke bleuet dress

I’m drawn to versions with collar interest, and I really liked Anna from Paunnet’s contrast collar dress.

paunnet bleuet dress front and back

I think I’d like the sleeveless version over the puffed sleeve. One sweet detail at a time! (And I’d choose the bow over the puffed sleeves.) Plus when it gets colder, it’s easier to pull on a sweater without the bulk of sleeves.

After sewing these three projects, I’m going to start on Fall projects so I have a running start. Fall projects tend to take longer to sew, like jackets, lined dresses and skirts. If I start soon, I’ll be ready when the seasons change.

But first: summer sewing projects! What are you sewing this summer?

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28 Responses to Summer Sewing Plans, 2015 Edition

  1. Alexandra June 22, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    I actually just bought my fabric for my big summer sewing project! I plan on making the turia dungarees from Pauline Alice in a leopard print denim. I thought they were silly when I saw them at first but now I can’t get them out of my head and I need to make them

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      What a fun project! I’ve seen those around and thought, maybe? Lots of cool construction steps to work through! Happy sewing :)

  2. Jane June 22, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    Funnily enough, I also have plans to sew a white sleeveless Granville shirt! The Maison Fleur summer blouse with tie shoulders is on my list too. That’s about it for summer sewing, then I’ll also be starting on autumn wear! x

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 10:17 am #

      Oh nice! I’ll have to keep an eye on your blog and see how your white sleeveless Granville turns out. It’s the thing I want most even though it’s the least visually exciting thing to sew. I imagine in the UK you have similar weather to us – short summer and long fall and winter with lots of rain. Best to get a jump on fall sewing for both of us!

  3. Dale Odberg June 22, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Right on, I look forward to seeing photos of your projects

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 10:18 am #

      Thanks Dale! Looking forward to sharing them.

  4. Shannon June 22, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    It’s funny because just yesterday I was thinking that a sleeveless button-up would be a great piece for summer, and that I should make one! I haven’t tried the Granville pattern but I’m very tempted to order it now. This is a great list – the Bluet dress is one of my favourites by Deer and Doe as well. Looking forward to seeing these when they’re finished!

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 11:16 am #

      Right? A sleeveless button-up shirt is a good staple item. I’ll be sure to share once I sew up the Bleuet dress, here’s hoping that back bow looks cool and not too cutesy! :)

  5. Elizabeth DM June 22, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    I like the look of the sleeveless top. I always have a problem fitting the neck. Mind you, the garden calls me all the time so I am not sewing. I do want to make something for church though.

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 11:17 am #

      If I had a garden, I’d want to be out enjoying it too!

  6. Janneke June 22, 2015 at 11:04 am #

    I would like to make some short sleeved shirts. I have in the past, make many of the long sleeved tailored versions. But, as you stated, this style is very versatile. I love the Bluet dress style, but please tell me how it work on a plus size apple shape person which is my shape right now. I am downsizing, but it would be nice to see how this works for all different sizes. I loved all the photos from your vacation.

    • Tasia June 22, 2015 at 11:19 am #

      I’ve picked the Bleuet dress because the princess seams make it easy to fit and adjust, if you didn’t want as much waist shaping I think it would be relatively easy to straighten out the seams at the waistline. There aren’t a lot of finished versions online but I usually google ‘bleuet dress deer and doe’ or ‘cambie dress sewaholic’ when I want to see finished projects, that might help if you want to see the dress on other people!

  7. Emma S June 22, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Tasia, I have a Mimi blouse (Tilly pattern from her book) all cut out and ready to start on, but I have chosen a super slippery chiffon / organza material to make it in. Somehow, up-cycling chests of drawers for my kids has been more of a priority recently; I think I may be secretly a bit afraid of tackling that fabric… After that, It will be a an ivory stretch boat necked tee shirt, pattern copied from an existing favourite. Then a Granville in a Liberty lawn – my first use of one of your patterns :-). And in preparation for the damp and often chilly British autumn, another of yours; a Minoru jacket. Fabric yet to be chosen. Even just writing about it all, makes me feel full of excitement to get back to my sewing table! By the way, your post about your recent travels was lovely – thank you. I have downloaded the Duolingo app to learn Italian for our forthcoming trip…

    • Tasia June 24, 2015 at 8:22 am #

      Glad the tip about Duolingo was helpful! I found it super fun and wished I had a real reason to learn a new language, rather than just a few words here and there. Learning for an upcoming trip makes it even more exciting, every time you practice you’ll be thinking about the holiday!
      Chiffon can be tricky but there are lots of tips online to help with the sewing. I’ve heard people recommend using gelatin to stiffen the fabric, then wash it out once the garment is complete. (Never tried it but that does seem logical.) Good luck! Sounds like you have a lot of fun projects planned.

  8. Kayte June 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    I wish I could trade you summers- it’s almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit here in North Carolina and I feel like I’m melting! Luckily I have several me-made cotton dresses so I can survive the heat in style.

    I really like that striped, textured fabric you picked up on your vacation; I immediately liked it when you posted it the first time so I’m interested to see your finished product. I took a shirtmaking class on Craftsy so I could make sure my first Granville is everything I wanted it to be and more. I’m thinking chambray with some madras plaid shorts. I’ll look like a total prepster but I don’t care. Happy Sewing!

    • K-Line June 22, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      Kayte: My parents live in Charlotte so I know a lot about NC weather. I suspect you wouldn’t want to trade your winter. That’s where you win!

    • Tasia June 24, 2015 at 8:19 am #

      Oh wow, our summers are never that warm! I drove down to Utah and Arizona a couple summers ago and that was a whole different type of heat.. and North Carolina is even farther! I’ve never been there but I can imagine it’s all about loose, lightweight cotton dresses and wearing as little as you can.
      A chambray fabric is a great choice for your Granville shirt! It’ll go with everything, prints, solids, plaids, even dark denim!

  9. Annette June 22, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    I loved reading what everyone has in store! I am not sure what I will be sewing up yet, our house is upside down, but in a good way, as we are having a lot of work done on it, inside and out! (Just ask our cats!) And, the good weather means lots of outdoor activites up here. for now anyway.! TFS, Annette

    • Tasia June 24, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      Hard to sew when you’ve got house renovations to take care of, I can imagine! Hope it all goes well :)

  10. Sewing Sveta June 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    I don’t agree that summer is short so I have big plans%) Some tops, some dress and I decided that I want to make playsuit.

  11. Christa June 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    I’ve got a purple Cambie dress cut out and ready to sew for the Outfit along hosted by Untangling knots (sew a dress and knit a sweater to make an outfit ), Greenstyle Taylor shorts , and a grey sleeveless top.

    • Tasia June 24, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      Nice! The Cambie is a great match with handknit sweaters, especially the little cropped ones you see on the Untangling Knots blog.

  12. Sarah June 22, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    I live in the UK too so I agree about needing garments you can take through in to Autumn. I love the fabric for your julija skirt Tasia, it looks classic, comfortable and fuss-free. You got me thinking with that sleeveless Granville shirt too…that might be added to my list!

    • Tasia June 24, 2015 at 8:14 am #

      Thank you! It’s so pretty, that fabric. The sleeveless Granville is nice as it’s a little faster to sew, no plackets or cuffs!


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