Like a lot of us, even though we’re still in lockdown here in the UK, the nicer weather has got me thinking about all of the lovely summer makes I want to sew. Yes, even though I’m spending most of my time at home in comfy loungewear I still need lots of pretty dresses ok husband!! 😉
Here’s a little round up of summer inspiration I’ve collected over the last few weeks. I’ve linked to anything I mention so if you want to take a closer look just click on any of the links or pictures and it should take you directly to the item.
The Floral Midi Dress
I am loving anything midi length at the moment and whoever thought to make dresses and trainers a fashion statement is a genius in my eyes! It’s like my two favourite things paired together in one super comfy but yet still very feminine outfit…
I adore this dress I found online from New Look and I’m wondering whether I can create something similar using the wrap top of the Safiya Wrap Playsuit from the Tilly and the Buttons Make it Simple book and a self-drafted drawstring skirt. It also reminds me of the Sew Over It Eve Dress which I already have the pattern for. I’ve not made the Eve with a high low hem yet and I think that would look really pretty in either of these two similar fabrics below.
The Baby Doll Mini
I am a giant humungous fan of the baby doll style dress and like most of us, absolutely adored the Indigo pattern by Tilly and the Buttons when it came out last year. I kept thinking how lovely a white version of this in a pretty broderie anglaise would be and then came across this beauty on Pinterest and knew I had to add it to my wish list of summer makes. The picture is a very similar style to the Indigo and I think if I can find a scalloped edge broderie anglaise fabric to use for the hem and sleeve hems that would be amazing!
I’m not sure quite how a bright white dress would work with children and a dog but I won’t worry about that if you won’t 😉
Here are some beautiful broderie anglaise fabrics I have my eye on.
The Button Down Mini
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of a button down, well anything, but I think it might be time to take a break from my beloved Darling Ranges dress pattern and try something else. This dress caught my eye when browsing Pinterest the other day and it reminded me of the Etoile Dress from French Poetry which is a dress pattern I’ve been stalking for absolutely ages. I’d love it in a red floral similar to that in the picture and I’m deciding between the options below. Which would you prefer??
The Maxi Shirt Dress
I have ogled maxi shirt dresses everywhere since last year but I always have the problem that I’m too short for most ready to wear maxis so I’m thinking that if I actually make my own I might be able to get the length perfect. I’m not going to lie though the thought of all the fabric you would need to make such a dress does make me a little nervous but look how pretty it would be if it worked!! My inspiration for this one is this pretty blue floral number from New Look and I think the Sew Over It Florence Dress would work well. I’d just have to alter the pattern for length first but that can’t be too difficult right?? Famous last words…
I love these blue toned fabrics I’ve found below and I’m undecided which to go for yet!
And lastly, another Baby Doll…
I absolutely love this beauty from Sezane, in fact I love everything that Sezane does. I’m going to invest in a piece of their knitwear for summer that I can wear with all of my summer dresses, a wardrobe staple right so that definitely justifies the investment! Anyway, this dress is a stunner, I absolutely love it, and I love the fabric they’ve used too. I have an idea for how I’m going to use this beauty as inspiration for one of my summer makes and I’m afraid you’re going to have to wait and see what I’m planning for this one. Stay tuned to my YouTube channel and Instagram to see how I get on with it 🙂
So that’s a little round up of very dress heavy sewing inspiration for you. I cannot wait to give a couple of these a try. Do you have any similar sewing plans? Which one of mine is your favourite?
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Speak soon and in the meantime, happy sewing!!
PS. I was going to include in this blog a little round up of summer sewing patterns I’m loving too but I’m going to save that for another day as this one is getting too long already but look out for that soon!
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