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Favorite Summer Dresses

by Adrianna

It’s been crunch time around the store lately, with customers and staff all pulling together functional, stylish, and most of all easy to sew summer wardrobes. With the weather being as wonderful as it has been, no one wants to spend the whole day inside sewing (as is more enjoyable in winter months) yet we all still have that desire to create. Summer clothing and accessories are more on the fun side to whip up, as you can play around with lightweight fabrics in bright colors, generally don’t need linings, or sleeves, or extra technical details that you find on most cold weather garments, and are fast to make. Here are some favorite dress patterns around the shop that although can be worn all year, are most exciting for summer time. All these dresses take no longer than a couple hours to make, including cutting out pattern and fabric, so you can easily dash one up before bed or first thing in the morning and spend the rest of the day out in the sunshine showing off your darling new garb. We currently have a variety of great cotton/linen blends and wonderful cotton voiles, and a spectacular shipment of chambray’s and linen’s arriving to the shop soon, so make sure to stop on by and stock up on these perfect summer fabrics to match with these patterns.

Above dress: The Tank Dress from Sew Caroline

Below: The Bridgetown Backless Dress & Tunic from Sew House 7

 

Mississippi Ave Dress & Tunic from Sew House 7

Dahlia from Colette Patterns

The Staple Dress from April Rhodes

The Davie Knit Dress from Sewaholic, sewn on a regular machine and hemmed by hand inspired by Alabama Chanin techniques and sashiko floss

 

Negroni

by Adrianna

On the lookout for a Father’s day present, or want to spruce up your, or a loved one’s, wardrobe? Try out this Negroni Men’s shirt pattern from Colette Patterns. This pattern comes in two versions, a long sleeve and short sleeve, great for year round wear and multiple staple shirts for your closet. The shirt is a retro style bowling shirt, with generous ease for a comfortable fit. This is also a great pattern for beginners, with great instructions and basic finishing techniques to ease you into more serious garment construction. You can also easily alter the shirt and make it your own by experimenting with different fabrics, topstitching, buttons or snaps, and contrasting fabrics for the back yoke and collar. Also, practice matching stripes and plaids! Here are some great tutorials from Colette Patterns and another favorite pattern maker Grainline Studio.

 

Happy Sewing!

Summer Menswear Outfits

by Adrianna

Summer is just around the corner, and we have some great patterns for you gentlemen out there to snazz up your wardrobe! We have you covered in the fabric and notion department with various oxford shirting weight cottons, linens, chambrays, and more plus a rather dreamy group of denims on their way, with rivets and antique brass jean buttons. As is traditional with menswear, the details are key. All of our menswear patterns come with the bells and whistles to create a truley classic and stylish garment, and allow you to practice finishing techniques and technical detailing. The button-up shown here is a slight variation of one of the Five Frontier Shirts from Folkwear Patterns (shown here). I combined some details of a traditional western shirt with a traditional button-up to create this style for a good friend.

Mentioned in a past post on Menswear Patterns, here are some store samples of a great outfit pair from Thread Theory menswear patterns - the Jedediah Pants (shorts version shown here) and the Strathcona Henley T-shirt Version. These patterns have superb instructions to create a truley professional finish on your garments. Practice putting in a fly zipper, topstitching, adding rivets and a jeans button, and flat felled seams. If you tend to be more of a technical/mechanical person, you may discover this type of garment sewing to be extremely satisfying.

Stay tuned for a post later this week on the Negroni menswear shirt pattern from our local pals Colette Patterns.

Happy Sewing!