Vintage sewing machine image courtesy of Elisandra Illustrations (http://elisandra.com/)
I love writing these lists because it forces me to deviate from my well-trodden internet browsing paths and to seek out something new. By the time my list is compiled, I always end up with a few more inspiring blogs in my Bloglovin’ feed and often chat with some of the creators. This makes the whole process very fulfilling. Now for the really fun part – sharing it all with you.
With Selfish Sewing Week nearly upon us, I thought now would be a good time to share some of my favourite seasonal sewing ideas. I won’t possibly be able to sew them all myself (oh, if only I had the time!!) but I find them all drool-worthy and would love to see what variations you all come up with. And, as always, let me know if I’m missing something fabulous.
I was originally drawn to this pattern when Karen from Did you make that? was giving a copy away on her blog. Sadly I didn’t win the pattern but I couldn’t get it out of my head so picked one up from Jo-Ann’s in the States.
I think you’ll agree that Karen’s version is fantastic (especially with those shoes!!). The thing I love most about hers is the simplicity of the design. I am usually a sucker for piping and contrast but I actually prefer this dress with just one well-chosen fabric (and boy are those tulips well-chosen!).
I’ve been reading lots about Victory patterns at the moment and they all look pretty enticing. I think this one is my favourite though. I’m aiming to make the long sleeve version with the AMAZING collar. Anna’s version is pretty much perfection for me.
It’s so lovely I had to share two photos – I just want you to appreciate that collar.
Now that I’m conquering my fear of knits, I’m starting to think of knit dresses for myself. I’ve had my eye on this lovely, simple Breton knit dress from Toast and I think that this pattern could be adapted to make something similar.
In fact, I think this pattern has a lot of potential for customisation plus the construction is quite simple – win, win.
With all these tops, tunics and dresses we all need a good, well-fitted pair of leggings, right? I recently discovered how easy and satisfying it is to make children’s leggings (if you’re interested, check out the Go To Leggings pattern). That got me thinking that it couldn’t be tooooo hard to do the same for adults…but then I thought, no way!, as simple as they are to sew I had visions of saggy knees, pulling in the wrong places, etc.
Well, fear not! Etsy has come to the rescue. This Etsy tutorial walks you through all the measurements you need to take to get the perfect fit (and there are LOTS of measurements needed…more than you would think…but that reassures me and makes me think they’ll fit well). It’s possible that this could be the most useful pattern of the season (and I love getting out the ruler and doing some technical drawings!).
“Why is she including a summer dress pattern?”, I hear you ask. Yes, indeed this is intended as a summer frock but then I came across this version.
It’s made from linen but you could get the same look with a light-weight wool. With a long-sleeved shirt underneath, a cardigan, some tights and boots and you’ll be kicking up fallen leaves and warming your hands by a fire before you know it!
Hot Patterns are new to me….which is surprising because they have an awful lot of styles out there. Have any of you sewed from them? I like the shape and placement of the pockets on this jacket. I’m envisioning a tweed version and I may even go as far as adding leather or suede patches on the elbows…oh, and with a funky, bright lining. I’m loving the idea of this more and more as I type. This is a good starting point for overall style.
A beautiful dress for a special Autumn outing. I adore those pleats in the skirt and, when made with the right fabric, it hangs so beautifully.
To read a full review, and to see some more Elisalex eye candy, check out the review by the fabulous oonaballoona.
Oh, and the patterns come is such loverly packaging…
Now, here’s a solid wardrobe basic for you. With two versions possible, you can make it a quite conservative button-up shirt or go for the gathered lower back detail.
There’s also been an Archer Sewalong which is a great resource in case you get stuck on anything.
There are oodles of wonderful versions of this shirt around (do a search – you’ll see what I mean). My current favourite is Emily’s version – I’m in love with the fabric and expert finishes.
Maybe all of you out there already have a go-to a-line skirt pattern (if you do, please tell!), but I always struggle to find a good, basic skirt pattern. This one looks like a winner – instant download (I know, I know, printing, taping and cutting – but there can’t be too many pieces…), lots of variations, clear instructions. I also like that it’s quite narrow through the hip.
I fell in love with this pattern instantly. Just recently I came across Heidi and Finn’s Slouchy Cardigan sewing pattern (for children) and a lightbulb went off in my head – I can make knitwear without actually knitting anything! I can sew it! Genius!
Now that this proverbial pin has dropped, I envision many more ‘knitted’ garments on my sewing table.
I just couldn’t leave this one out! Named is a new independent pattern company by Finnish sisters Saara and Laura Huhta. It’s sleek and modern…in fact, so sleek and modern that I’m not sure how (if at all!) it fits into my lifestyle. That’s not to say, however, that I don’t appreciate the beautiful silhouettes and the obvious dedication it’s taken to create this collection.
The Blair Batwing Shirt jumped out at me as something I would love to wear.
And here’s a peak at the whole collection – for those of you who live sleeker, more modern lives than myself!
And, if you like what you see here you can read an interview with the designer sisters Saara and Laura Huhta at House of Pinheiro.
Yup, another bonus…consider yourselves spoiled…although this time it’s not selfish. If you feel ambitious enough to sew something for the man (men!?) in your life, why not have a look at Thread Theory with their choice of fine men’s sewing patterns. Choose from Newcastle cardigan, Strathcona Henley and T-Shirt, or Jedediah Pants and Shorts. If you choose the Jedediah pants or shorts then check out the sewalong for help along the way.
So what are you waiting for?! Go on – get excited and make things…
Image courtesy of Elisandra Illustrations
…and then tell me all about it.
So the Top 10 is a Top 12 today. What takes your fancy? Have you already made some of these? What am I missing? Come on – join in the conversation.
Thanks for reading,