The past few weeks, I’ve been staying busy with some wedding embroidery projects. It felt like every spare moment I was stitching away. But now that my next wedding isn’t for a few weeks, I have a bit of room in my creative calendar – a lot actually. So with that in mind and the long holiday weekend ahead, I decided to ditch the stitches and grab some fabric.
I’ve been sitting on a few good summer patterns for a while now, and I realized when it comes to these beauties, there’s no time like the present. It is July after all, so these springy dresses are already way overdue. Here’s what I got lined up for this weekend and beyond.
I can’t say no to an incredibly simple vintage reissue. It’s the perfect thing to whip up on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I had a hard time deciding on the fabric, since the black and white stripe looked so charming on the envelope, but decided not to risk those Beetlejuice vibes. I chose a pretty floral – can’t get enough florals lately.
I’ve been seeing this pattern for ages and ages, but never pulled the trigger. As much as I dug it, it always read “apron” to me. Until I saw Madison Steward on Instagram with this dress and saw the light. Turns out it’s not apron-y or housedress-y at all. It’s got some sort of elegant tea party vibe. I might have picked the old ladiest fabric out there, but I dig it.
I haven’t followed Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing for long, but when I saw her pattern release post this spring, I knew I had to try one out. I picked up this sweet matching sarong separates pattern and her lemon sateen. This pattern is a bit more complicated than most things I sew, but I figured I’m up for the challenge. I’ve been sewing a long time – since I was 10 – so I think it’s time to add some more complex techniques to my repertoire. I’m most excited to start this pattern, but I think I’ll be warming up with the others first.
I hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend! While most of you will be heading up north or hitting the beach, I’ll be knee deep in pins and pattern pieces – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.