Things have finally settled down a bit ’round here (as much as life can ever truly “settle down”… lol), but enough so that I feel fairly confident about planning out some sewing projects! There are a few gaps in my wardrobe right now, mostly because several garments have seen better days after years of wear (I’m hard on my clothes), so I’m trying to fill those while also sewing a few “fun” pieces. Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish over the next few months:
Colette Patterns Lily Dress – This is one of the patterns I tested prior to the new line’s release, and it is by far my favorite! The curvy, 1950s bombshell silhouette is one of my favorites, and I love the details like the pockets and princess seams (which make for easy-fitting). While I love the pattern as it’s shown on the envelope, I have a couple ideas for a variation. I’m fairly certain I’d like to swap out the shoulder straps for a halter. The fabric I have earmarked for this pattern is a fun, novelty tropical print I picked up in Florida a couple summers ago. It’s got a tiny bit of stretch, but I think it won’t be a problem (especially since one of the sample dresses was made from a Lycra blend). I think I’d like to make the contrast view, using some black textured fabric I have for the band, halter and pocket flaps.
1940s Sun Top & Shorts – This is definitely a for fun project! I bought this pattern a couple summers ago, and as this year I’m really into the two-piece look (since it’s been stinking hot the past week and the couple 40s/50s midriff tops I’ve made have been in heavy rotation), it’s about time it gets made. The fabric I’m a little iffy about–it’s something I bought last summer on clearance on a whim, thinking it’d work for a 40s tropical look. It just looks a bit boring to me at this point, although since I have three yards of it, I probably should use it. It’s cotton, so at least it’ll be comfortable! I’m thinking it looks a bit like this Tara Starlet two-piece set, so hopefully it’ll work nicely and surprise me. I also *ahem* have a hat that is very similar to the one on the envelope… Instant outfit!
1950s Cigarette Pants – I already started this, but am having some fitting issues. If there is one garment that tends to get to me the quickest with fitting, it’s pants. There is a reason I’ve stuck with 30s and 40s wide leg styles–but I am determined to conquer the more fitted silhouette! It might just take me a bit. lol. I’m using this pattern that Lauren sent me in our swap. It fits relatively well straight out of the envelope, admittedly–but it does need to be tweaked to be perfectly wearable. Time to pull out my copy of Pants for Real People! Not sure what color, but I’m thinking red!!! (Or maybe I’ll be practical and do black…)
Sewaholic Renfrew Top – I have had this pattern sitting in my stash since it was released months ago, which is sad–it needs to be made! Everyone who has made it says it’s quite easy and a great knit top pattern to work with. I ordered a few yards of a cream colored jersey (it has more stretch than the pattern calls for, but I’ve seen others make successful tops with this pattern and jersey knits), which is a bit more tissue-weight than I thought. Does anyone who has worked with knits know if I can do a “double layer” top? (Or is that just a really stupid idea?) I also have a more stable knit polka dot print that I’m planning to make a version inspired by this top. I’m hoping once I’ve made this pattern a couple times, it can be my go-to for knit tops!
I’d also like to make another pair of the Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers (which I’ve made in the past and tweaked for my 40s jeans). I have some green fabric I bought, but it’s a little more bright than I anticipated (darn computer screen), and I’m going to try over dying it to tone it down a bit. But I really, really want green trousers for this summer. hehe!
Finally, I have another plan up my sleeve, but am holding off showing you until next week. Another blogger and I did a pattern swap and we’re each making one of the patterns we sent each other. Let’s just say the one I’m hoping to make is evocative of my wedding dress–just more suitable to day wear!
There are a few more things I’d like to sew, but this is what I’ve definitely worked out for now. These will keep me busy through July, I’m sure! What are your sewing aspirations for this summer?