5 Last Minute Summer Sewing Patterns

Guess what guys, summer is not over yet. Yes, if  you live in the UK most days it feels like summer never really actually came around. Sunny days have been few and far between which means summer sewing hadn’t really been a priority. (That’s probably why I’m panic sewing some last minute bits for my holiday!) But there seems to be a few sunny days left in this summer and we all know there’s always a last burst of sunshine in September.

So I wanted to do a round up of 5 last minute summer sewing patterns that are quick, work for warmer climates but can also be transitioned into autumn winter.

1. Adelaide dress 

Another great dress for layering. I’ve just sewn this beautiful pattern up in a slightly altered denim version perfect for summer travels but when I’m back and the sun is no longer around I want to get more wear our of it and  when sewn in the right fabric it is perfect for layering. My denim version could be worn with a striped top  underneath (I’ve just sewn multiple Nettie’s that would be perfect) and some ankle boots. Transition done!

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(Pink cord, Denim , Liberty cord

2.  Sudley dress 

I’ve just made this dress in a beautiful Liberty Tana lawn and I love it which has made we eager to sew others. I have a top version in the pipe line for my holiday but again I think this pattern, while beautiful, is also a great pattern to transition. It can be worn as it is now and when made in a beautiful fabric like a Tana lawn is breezy and cool but as the colder weather comes you can layer a jumper over and show off the collar detailing or add a cozy chunky cardigan over the top.  Make it in a blouse and wear it with shorts in the summer and under your Adelaide dress in the winter with thick tights and boots.

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(Liberty, Rifle Co., Feather)

3. Françoise Dress 

Some of you may have recently seen my first Françoise dress and I think this makes a great summer to Autumn transition piece when sewn in the sleeveless version.

While this isn’t a super summery piece being sleeveless makes it easy to wear when the weather is warmer paired it’s some nice sandals. However this can be transitioned into A/W through the wonderful art of layering. When made in the right fabric this 60s style pinafore dress can easily be warn with a long sleeve top underneath or even better a roll neck and tights!

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(Cat, Dashwood, Cloud 9_

4. Bailen Slip dress

I spoke about this dress in my July Favourites video and it was the pattern that prompted me to think about this post. Slip dresses are great for warm weather. When made in a viscose, as I did with mine, they are light and breathable. Exactly what you need when it’s just too hot. But layer a polo neck or jumper underneath when the chill hits, they then add some colour to your winter wardrobe and help you embrace 90s chic. An easy (free!) pattern and versatile. I like a lot!

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(Poppy, Tropic, Medalion)

5. Coco dress

I have a new found love for the Coco and I can see why it is a Tilly and the Buttons best seller. It is so easy to sew and so comfortable. Now knits might not be what you think of sewing in the summer but seeing as our summer’s aren’t hot hot the coco makes a great transition piece. It’s easy to wear without tights or sew a loose fitting top to wear with short or a denim skirt. I have sewn a long sleeve top version in the yellow stripe and a short sleeve dress in the black and i’ve only had the pattern for about a week.

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(Spots, Black stripe, Yellow Stripe)

What last minute summer sewing are you doing to transition into AW? Have you tried any of these patterns? Let me know if you have any fabric or pattern recommendations in the comments below.

(PS I am on holiday for two weeks so there will be fewer posts and I no videos though I do have so good ones lined up for when I’m back. Do check my Instagram to stay up to date with my travels and Handmade Holiday Wardrobe. You might even see some of these in there.)

 

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New Favourite Pattern? Butterick B5030

If there was ever an example of why you should never judge a pattern but its cover the Butterick B5030 would be that example. Ok, so it’s not the worst I’ve ever seen but it looks frumpy and lets say I had to use my imagination when buying it.


So the reason I bought this pattern and ignored the horrible cover is because I had a vision and this pattern was the closest I could find to bring my vision to life. As some of you will have seen in my previous post this vision came from the beautiful dresses over on Reformation. I wanted to make a modern take on the wrap dress. It’s a style I’ve never tried before because I’ll admit, I imagined it as a style for an older woman. But Reformation opened my eyes to it’s potential and I am so glad. While this design isn’t groundbreaking it’s the little changes that make it modern.

So first up the pattern.

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The biggest change I had to make was the length of the skirt. Now I’m not short I’m 5ft 7 and even so I had to shorten this pattern A LOT! Just from looking at the pattern I knew it needed to be shortened. So when cutting the pattern pieces I shortened the paper piece straight away by about 4inches. Yet when I had completed my sewing, when I tried it on, it still came past my knees! Now it was fine, but I felt that this dress needed to be shorter to keep it modern so i then had to shorten it by about another 4 inches. Even now it’s short but its not indecent. Another change I made was with the gap in the neckline. In the images the neckline is quite reserved. I am not a big boobs on show kind of girl but again to keep the modern feel I felt it needed a lower cut. I’m happy with it. It does need a popper in the front to stop it gapping but I like the neckline and the amount of skin on show.

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As you can see from the pictures I went for the sleeves on version C. Overall I could not be happier with this dress and with the changes I now know I need to make I can’t wait to make more and you will be seeing a lot more of this pattern.

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I have a new favourites video going up on my YouTube channel tomorrow so if you haven’t subscribed head on over so you don’t miss out! 

Have you tried the Butterick B5030? Do you have any suggestions for fabrics I could try next? Let me know in the comments below.

Birthday dress

It’s my birthday! I still get so excited about birthdays, yes the getting older does suck a bit but the actual birthday part is great! 


The best kind of birthdays are the ones that fall in the weekend as its like a birthday weekend bonanza. As my birthday is on a Sunday this year I got that treat, so to celebrate I’ve worn two new dresses! 

This is my first completely self drafted pattern and I’ve worn two different versions for my birthday weekend so I  feel like this pattern should be called the birthday dress. Imaginative I know. 

For the pattern I decided to shape the arm hole around the natural shape of that area  to flatter the shoulder/arm while keeping a high neckline, which I always prefer. For the back I decided to contrast the front by opting for  a lower back and summer straps. 


For the skirt I went for a simple half circle because I thought the shape looked good with this style bodice. It also helps to flatter my waist without any gathers or pleats. 

I’ve sewn two versions. One I wore on my birthday eve for food with friends and the other for my actual birthday which I spent with my family. 


The first version is in this cheap polycotton I bought in A1 fabrics on Goldhawk Road. 


It was super cheap and the quality isn’t great but I just loved the simple pattern. I LOVE this fabric sewn up and think it really suits this pattern! 

The other is in this beautiful Liberty fabric that I actual got for my birthday two years ago. I wore this for family fun on my actual birthday. 

Here’s to 26! 

What have you all been sewing recently? Do you like to sew yourself something new for your birthday?  Let me know in the comments below. 

Pay Day Sewing Wish List – June edition

It’s that time of the month again, pay day is here and my wish list has grown. Sadly, what with booking holidays and all of that stuff I didn’t manage to get much from last month’s wish list but I am definitely still lusting after it. That being said I still plan to add to it, you can’t stop a girl from wishing.

There have been quite a few pattern releases creeping up on us and I’m need of a wardrobe update, what with this so called summer approaching. (Sun if you’re reading please start shining soon.)

But here’s an older pattern that I’m surprised I haven’t bought yet but have definitely been lusting over and that is the Tilly and the Buttons Francoise. 

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This classic 60s shape can be made in everything from classic fabrics to jazzier pattern fabrics. I love the sleeveless version and feel it will be the perfect addition to my handmade wardrobe.

I’m also really loving Meghan Nielsen patterns at the moment. There are quite a few so it’s hard to choose one. But if I had to, I think my current favourite  is this one from the Darling Range. I quite like the ease of the unfitted version and think it will make a great casual summer dress in a light chambray. Perfect for travelling and when you don’t want something clinging to you in the heat.

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Now there’s no hiding the fact that I love dungarees. I already have the Kwik Sew K1438 dungaree pattern as a wip but that doesn’t stop me lusting after the Pauline Alice Turia dungarees. I’ve seen quite a few bloggers making them and I think it’s about time I made my own.

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Alongside, a bunch of new patterns I have of course been eyeing up some new fabric.

First up a stiped jersey. I love a striped top, well who doesn’t? But as of yet I haven’t actually sewn one myself. So I’m very tempted to rectify this with this really cool stripe jersey. I like how the stripes are zig zag which I think adds a cool twist.

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It’s no secret that I love a print but this time I have one that isn’t a floral! I really like this lip print fabric and think it would make a great jumpsuit.

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Remember those Turia dungarees? Now how about those in this awesome floral denim fabric? Yes, just perfect.

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Now that’s all for this months pay day sewing wish list. Having just booked a holiday I need to be a bit more careful with how I spend my money so I can spend it all on lovely sewing things when I go away. What’s better than visiting sewing shops in places you’ve never been before? Currently I’m off to Vancouver, Portland and Seattle so any recommendations, please send them my way!

What’s on your pay day sewing wish list? What patterns and fabric did you buy last month?

Summer Sews- Drafting a Midi Skirt

First up I did make a great midi skirt in a 70s inspired floral fabric and yes this is the first time in a long while that I have actually completed a project for myself. But more importantly I threaded by overlocker! It has been sat unused for a couple of months because threading it is such a pain in the arse. But I decided it was about time and I did it. It was actually not as bad as I remembered.

Anyway back to the make.

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I bought this viscose fabric a little while back. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I knew I loved it. But this week when i was sorting through my wardrobe I found an old rtw midi skirt also in a 70s style fabric and that’s when inspiration struck. I knew the swishy fabric would be perfect for a half circle skirt and the movement that’s often much needed for summer. 

What do you need? 

To start drafting your skirt shape.

To sew the skirt

  • fabric (the jazzier the better I say, I bought mine here)
  • an invisible zip
  • thread
  • fabric shears

And of course a sewing machine. (I also used my overlocker to neaten those seams!)

Let’s get started!

Taking Measurements

So this skirt is going to be based on your own measurements.

You’ll need to take your waist measurment and then decide on how long you want your skirt to be. The app suggest 24 inches but adjust this based on your height and where it will be most flattering for it hit.

Then the lovely ladies at By Hand London have made a clever app that tells you how to use these measurements to draft your skirt. I won’t take credit for this.

I made a half circle.

By Hand London Circle Skirt App Dominique Major

It will then tell you, your waist radius and how much fabric you will need, followed by can image of how to set this out on your fabric.

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For my waist area.I drafted the radius on to paper, cut it out and pinned it to the skirt. and cut it out.

I then drafted a waistband, attached my zip and hemmed it all.

Then Ta Dah! A swishy summer skirt. I even have some fabric left that I perhaps could squeeze a matching top out of.

I also hope this jazzy video makes up for my lack of pictures of me wearing the actual skirt.

What have you all been sewing this weekend? Do you have any makes lined up for when the sun reappears? Let me know in the comments below.

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