Summer Sewing Adventures

By Susan | Comments: 1 | September 30, 2013

It’s a sunny Monday morning and while the air is still just a tiny bit crisp, summer is about to hit and after such a mild winter it’s looking like a long hot summer! Yay!
I love summer, they always feel so full of potential (though inevitably in a few months I could do with a break from the constant heat).
As always, my plan this year is to get as much sewing done as possible before it gets too warm to even consider unfolding the fabric to cut it out.
So this past weekend while the sun was shining, the kitty was basking in the sun and the bread was rising I got to sewing.

First up this cute Simplicity built by Wendy pattern (now out of print).

bw simplicity top

This series came out years ago but quickly become one of my favourite tops to sew. Not only is it a breeze to make the fullness of the style means it is perfect for summer when sometimes you need a bit more ventilation and air around your body. I love pairing it with jeans or shorts. It is an essential piece in my travel wardrobe as it can be dressed up or down and can survive being crumpled in a bag. It’s also my go to top for a quick spin on the bike when I am off to the shops or the farmers markets.

As is usual for me with this pattern I have chosen a lightweight Japanese cotton. I love their hand feel and they are lightweight but not see through which is just about perfect for summer. This one was a lucky find at my local Spotlight.

I’m normally a very bright colours kind of dresser and it felt a little flat so I added a cute zig zag in a neon contrast thread.

In fact I have a whole packet of neon Madeira Threads so expect to see some more of them in future creations.

The second sewing project for the weekend was this Cynthia Rowley Pattern. Again it’s another tried and tested pattern for me.

pink floral dress

It fits me perfectly with zero adjustments being needed, so it is really a case of cut and sew and bam! Job done.

I choose a vintage fabric that I picked up at the Lismore car boot markets.

It’s very pink! And when I sent a quick happy snap to one of my best friends her response was “well if anyone can wear that colour it’s going to be you”.

And so it’s Monday and I am on the train to work, and already I am thinking,  what I can make next?

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Hi, I'm Susan. A designer living in Sydney, Australia.

Here I share tales of my sewing, my pattern collection and insights into what it's like to work as a professional fashion designer.

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