A Little Summer Sewing
May 31, 2011 § 4 Comments
Summer has come. The heat has set in (90′s on a regular basis), we’re swimming pretty much every day, and the winter-ish clothes have been boxed up and put away (a HUGE deal for me)! I’m happy to see summer come, but it always comes with the revelation that there’s a lack of clean, crisp, new clothing. Everything in my closet looks and feels heavy once that heat gets here. Shorts are even a bit hot.
So, for the last week or so I’ve been working on sewing some clothes for myself that feel neither hot nor skimpy (another dilemma as I get a bit older). I used to think I couldn’t sew clothes more inexpensively than I could buy them from Target, but I’ve found that as long as the material is on sale and I only buy patterns on sale (99 cents a piece!), sewing is tough to beat on the money front. Aside from the money, I really enjoy the challenge of learning to sew with a little more skill. It’s fun to become proficient in a skill. Plus, I enjoy watching something flat become something 3 dimensional. It almost feels like sculpture.
So, here’s the beginnings of a summer wardrobe on a budget:
- Chambray linen skirt, seen above (using this pattern). I love this material and want to make a shirt out of it soon. Hancock Fabrics.
- Skirt made from an old dress (same pattern as the first skirt). My dress was a maxi dress and had tons of material in the skirt. It was ripe for a re-fashion.
- T-shirt dress from Butterick pattern#5211. Fabric from Hancock (I think this one is out of print, but I’m sure you could find something almost identical in another of the big pattern brands: Vogue, Simplicity, or McCall’s). This dress is my first knit wear attempt and knits are definitely a different beast. It’s wearable, but has some issues (waffling hemlines, anyone?). Still, I’m glad I ventured into knits. No comments on my man hands!
- And, finally, a little bias cut shirt that is so comfortable and easy that I think I’m making about five more as soon as I can. I know it’s pretty mom-ish, but I love it for some reason! Maybe for THAT reason. It’s so apple pie and baseball. Oh. And the darts are actually in the right place when I have a proper undergarment on and not a swimsuit (we were on our way to the lake!). It’s Burda Style #7509 and I found both the material and pattern at Hancock Fabrics.
How about you guys? Are you doing any sewing these days? I’d love to hear!