Summer Friday5:05 PM
Are you ready for a preview to my next series? Starting next Friday, I'll be sharing with you summer sews. Sews that make you thin...
Are you ready for a preview to my next series?
Starting next Friday, I'll be sharing with you summer sews. Sews that make you think beaches, sunshine and fruity iced drinks. Strawberry Daiquiri anyone?
Truth is, I actually hate summer and it isn't quite summer here in Central New Jersey. That doesn't matter, because summer is coming and I need to be prepared. The one thing I do LOVE about summer though is the clothes. Shorts and tank tops, swimsuits and floral dresses, LOVE IT. You can get so much more from your fabric in summer.
So what can you expect from this series? Summery sews for me and my girls. But before we get started, there's a really important step, The Purge.
What is the purge? The purge is when you go through your closet and you Kon Mari all the stuff. If it doesn't bring you joy, then away it goes. This is extra important for me this year, because if you remember from my Resolution Tank blog post, I've lost a LOT of weight in the last year. And that means most of my clothes don't fit.
So with more than a little bit of fear and trepidation I started trying on EVERY SINGLE THING in my closet and dressers. It was hard being critical of what I previously wore. It was hard seeing bad fit and poor color choices. It was especially hard realizing that I used to wear those clothes. That those sizes were my sizes once upon a time. During my weight loss, I went from a nice neat rectangle body shape to a very pronounced inverted triangle. So things that used to look good just looked disturbing.
For example my favorite pattern from last year, the Patterns For Pirates Free Spirit Tank now makes me look like I have chicken legs. I'm going to miss that pattern, a lot. :(
This week over at Capsule Sewalong, I was actually asked to share what I have left in my drawers. So here we go:
Raglan Series. That's a LOT of raglans!
My favorite dresses are now all completely gone. Every single one. Even my favorite one from last year, the Sisboom Carolina Mae. Thankfully, I've already finished 2 One Puddle Lane Miss Ruby Tuesday's. I'll be doing at least 2 mods to make a cross over dress from this too, so there's a win there.
-I'm really happy to report that starting on March 31, I'll be beginning a Dolman Pattern Series. That means I'll be able to fill in my t-shirt gaps really quickly. I'll need to come up with 1-2 shirts that are NOT dolmans, but that's far easier than looking at my 5 short sleeved t-shirts and trying to figure out where to go from here.
-I'm really thankful that my Winter Wear Designs La Croix will still be able to work for my new body shape. I kept a couple of those and will sew up 1-2 more because I really like the shape.
-I'll definitely be using the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up in rotation. Now that I've fixed the arm, it is the perfect top for me.
-I need to find a few woven tops that I can use for summer. I think I'm almost done with my Sisboom Tortola Muslin. I'll try to share that with you soon.
-I need to find at least 1-2 more knit tops to fill my wardrobe. Something versatile and not as tight as the Layer Me up.
-I need dresses. Especially woven dresses. I'll need to browse pinterest for a while to find what I'm looking for.
-I'm still pondering a good swimsuit. Katie Lee of Creative Counselor shared a great Vogue Swimsuit with me this week that caught my eye, but I'm not sure if there will be enough support in the suit for me to not look ridiculous. Plus, it is a paper pattern, so it may be a big fat no because I hate tissue paper.
Lastly, of course, I'll still be sharing some sews for my girls. You may have already seen my 40 Garments in 40 Days Series. Of course my eldest will only need a few small things to finalize her wardrobe (like a couple of swimsuits). And my younger 2 will have tons of hand me downs, so they'll get a few pieces but not full wardrobes as well. I like including their sews since sewing for me can be very time consuming in the muslining process.
Planning it all out like this helps make the process seem less scary and less overwhelming. Have you planned your summer wardrobe yet?