Summer Sewing Round Up!9/28/2016
Something a little different today, my Summer sewing round up! Right now I'm planning my handmade Autumn/Winter wardrobe, so I thought as September is coming to an end that I would do a little round up of my highlights of Summer sewing and what I've learnt so far on my dress making journey.
I only started my blog and regularly sewing for myself back in April but I feel like I've been making a garment for myself every week since then! At the beginning of the year there was only one handmade piece in my wardrobe, a very poorly made Lilou dress, but I was still proud of it at the time none the less! But fast forward 6 months and my rail is bursting with handmade pieces that I love to wear and feel really proud of.
Along with a whole selection of new handmade clothes, I feel my skills & knowledge have improved dramatically. Starting a sewing blog has totally inspired me to be creative, it spurs me on to keep sewing for myself but having this little bit of selfish sewing time has really improved my mood and work/life balance. (I'm self employed & sew for a living at My Retro Closet, so taking the time to make something for myself every week or so has been wonderful).
So with approximately 20 new handmade pieces in my wardrobe, let me show you some of my favourites from the Summer!
SUMMER LOVIN' FLORALS:
Retro Butterick '53 B5708 - Shoulder Tie Dress & Butterick B5930 - The Ultimate 50s Party Dress!
It wouldn't be Summer without a load of bright and beautiful florals! I love this shoulder tie dress from 1953 and this super Mad Men style dress (that collar is my fave!). Although I never did get an invite to any glamorous garden parties!
GINGHAM SHIRT DRESS LOVE:
Burda Style 7179 - Vintage Style Shirt Dress & Simplicity New Look 6180 - #Ginghamalong Shirt Dress!
I'm shirt dress and gingham obsessed. I love the Burda pattern but definitely need to make this again with a waaaay softer collar. And on the right is one of my latest makes, my Summer staple style!
Also this is the contrast between my first ever pattern review and one of my newest!
COLLARS & SELF COVERED BUTTONS:
Sew Over It - Vintage Shirt Dress & Tilly and the Buttons - Mimi Blouse & Delphine Skirt
These are two of my new favourite sewing skills. I like to think of myself as a collar sewing pro now after all the shirt dresses I've been sewing. I loved the curved styles of the Sew Over It pattern and the simplicity of the Tilly one. Both I want to make again ASAP. Self covered buttons and button holes are also fun new skills in my bag, both of which I used on these makes.
A SUMMER OF PATTERN HACKS
Sew Along Madness!