Summer Sewing Plans

Lately I’ve been feeling like my fabric and pattern stash is getting a bit out of control. Not complaining, I swear! However, I’ve been aching to do some wardrobe planning to get all of my ideas and sewing dreams in some kind of order, for the immediate future at least.  So I recently dug through my boxes and pulled some fabrics I’m dying to use. I also picked out the patterns I’m hoping to try soon, and did some matchmaking.

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I’d love to share some of my inspiration with you! Maybe that will motivate me to actually get my butt in gear and power through some of these fun projects.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI recently purchased a couple of patterns from Republique du Chiffon. I love this relaxed style buttondown, it’s called the Maeva blouse. It looks like it would be so comfy for warm weather, and perfect for all of the drapey fabrics I have in my stash. I have a great shimmery taupe wool blend in my stash for this, and a red and white floral too.

1e7b4f0f11da0ff14a1ad005b284d42dThis loose tunic is totally my style. When Megan Nielson released the Darling Ranges 2.0 with this variation, I bought it right away. I could see myself wearing this blouse all the time. I picked out a couple of rayon challis prints for this one, I’d like to do a tunic and loose dress version.


This one is the camisole from the Lakeside Pajamas by Grainline. I like this simple style, and it has a cute petal style back that gives a peek of skin, which I love!

IMG_76111aI’ve also had comfy knit dresses on my mind. I think the dress above could be a simple Renfrew top hack. Just cut off the top at the waist, and add a gathered skirt!

cp1025-laurel-05-large-b97e7f3a81517c8473e1c15e89b54df3I need another Colette Laurel dress in my life! I’d love to make this out of a striped linen, and play with the stripes in an interesting way somehow. I’ve also been thinking about a Laurel blouse, in denim I think. I love this pattern because it’s a really quick make, and after making it a couple of times I have the fit worked out and I know I will love it and wear it often!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Lucie dress by Republique du Chiffon is another one I’m super excited about! I love the loose style, low back, gathered skirt. I have a blue/green striped cotton in my stash that would be really cute with this dress.

M6520This one is McCall’s 6520.  I’ve had the pattern in my stash since for what seems like forever, and a couple of years ago I spotted it on Heather’s blog, and I loved it. I think about making it up every summer, but never seem to get to it! Perhaps this is the year?

floral-1I wear the Saltspring dress above all the time. I need to make a couple more this summer! I’m thinking of trying out a midi-length… around mid calf? I’m not sure if it will look to frumpy or not, but I love the midi look lately. Thoughts?

V1395Finally! I have a wedding to attend in September and I’ve been waiting for the perfect dress pattern to catch my eye. When I saw this dress, I fell in love! It’s Vogue 1395. It think it’s adorable and perfect for a wedding, don’t you? Check out the amazing versions by Lauren, Morgan, and Tasha.

So this is my short list for summer sewing, mostly all tops and dresses and I’m not mad about that at all! It’s what I wear the most, loose tops with jeans and knit cardigans, and flowy dresses. Realistically, I probably won’t have time to sew everything, and that’s fine. It’s fun to map out ideas and inspiration. Now I have to decide what to tackle first!

P.S. All photos are hyperlinked, just click through to the source :)

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27 Responses to Summer Sewing Plans

  1. Mary July 2, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    You realize you wrote “seams” when you meant “seems” hee hee ;) (only a fellow sewist would enjoy that)

    I love your patterns and fabric. It’s amazing how they match up isn’t it?

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      You caught me! Darn typos. I guess it is a sensible mistake after all :) Thanks for catching that!

  2. Nakisha July 2, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    I got a beautiful rayon challis from a destash and it WANTS to badly become Vogue 1395!!!! :-)

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Challis would be perfect for V1395! :)

  3. The Sewing CPA July 2, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    I love your Saltspring dress. I’m also planning on making tops and dresses this summer.

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Thank you!

  4. Jess July 2, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Love your sewing plans! The more Vogue 1395s I see, the more I realize that I would wear that dress all of the time if I made it.

    You should really look into getting the Republique du Chiffon book. I was in Paris for my honeymoon last month and stopped into a shop called Lil’ Weasel (hehe – cute name) to pick up a Deer & Doe pattern and asked the woman who helped me out if there were any French created pattern magazines (like Burda). There aren’t, but she pulled the RdC book out and after flipping through, I bought it immediately! There are so many things in it I love and want to make, and am pretty sure you would want to make, too.

    It’s not available in the US or Canada via Amazon, but you can get it from and out of curiosity I went almost to the end of the checkout process and it looks like they would send it to this part of the world (CA/US).

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Oh yes that looks very cute! I think I’m going to try out these patterns and if I like them I will totally consider ordering that book! Looks like it’s got some really cute patterns in it.

  5. Erika A July 2, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    McCall’s 6520 is now on my summer sewing list! I have this blue and white striped seersucker fabric that will hopefully be a dupe for the picture! Exciting!

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      Sounds perfect!

  6. Linda P July 2, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    i love your fabric and pattern/mood board type ideas. Great for sewing room wall decor. i tend to cut out and keep any design that takes my fancy and adding the fabric gives it a purpose as opposed to just thumbing through the stash

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      Yes I did it on my big white closet doors, easy to change up and fills the space! I haven’t really visually planned like this in a while so I will let you know how it goes :)

  7. Caitlin July 2, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Can’t wait to see your McCall’s 6520 Shirt dress! That pattern’s in my summer sewing line up too. Vogue 1395 might have to find a place on my list as well :)

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      I’ll definitely share the finished dress! Super excited about both of those :)

  8. Catherine G July 2, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I’m thinking if you want to avoid frumpy with a midi, add a sexy slit! I love the laurel (my daughters name) perfect for hot summer prettiness .

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      Love the slit idea! I’m actually considering adding a button front closure all the way down, that might add some interest so it’s not so frumpy. Both ideas to consider!

  9. Hélène July 2, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Great plans! I love the drawings you pinned on your inspiration board. I’m in love with all your coming projects. Thanks for sharing.

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

      No problem :) Glad you enjoyed!

  10. Kerry July 2, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    I have so many of the same patterns on my summer list, I’ll add in a 3rd Belcarra and I am awaiting the Adler shirt dress from Grainline patterns too

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Oh I’m waiting on the Alder shirtdress too! So excited about it, looks like it’s going to be very cute.

  11. Miss Crayola Creepy July 2, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    I kind of want to copy your entire list haha :)

    • Caroline Amanda July 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Haha feel free :) I can share!

  12. Ellen July 3, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    just wanted to say I really liked this post, it’s so inspiring.

  13. Karen July 3, 2014 at 3:02 am #

    I really enjoyed reading this post and love the Maeva blouse and several other patterns on their site, they are a new to me designer so thank you for the link , I am just wondering are the instructions difficult to follow in french ?

  14. Fabric Tragic July 3, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    Ooh I do love a planning post! I adore planning what I’m going to make (I’m a list nerd) so this was very fun to read. Do make a denim Laurel top – after your amazing denim laurel I’m making a similar denim shift in a dark indigo denim with awesome pocket detailing, I can’t wait to finish it! It looks great, and a top version would be lovely too.

  15. Amanda July 9, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I totally wear my Saltspring all the time too – definitely need to make another one this year!! :) You have some great picks there – stylish summer ahead! :)


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