Sew The Trends – Summer
Hi team, Kate here and this week I’m chatting over some sewing pattern ideas for summer. If you haven’t seen our sew the trends for spring make sure you go watch that before watching this.
Now that summer is in ‘full swing’ it’s time to plan holiday makes, apply the fake tan order a Pina Colada and don you best sun hat whilst rocking your new handmade wardrobe. Having scoured the hight street shops I feel I can bring you a bite sized roundup of the key looks for summer so your makes will be bang on trend.
Alongside patterns it’s important to thing about fabrics… once you’ve seen the key shapes you’ll want to start fabric shopping.. always a pleasure never a chore! Colours to look out for are deep olives, tan and rust colours as well as a lot of creams and nudes. I didn’t see a huge amount of prints but ditzy florals definitely made and appearance in darker hues like black and deep rust. If there was one fabric that would ensure you were on trend go for linen, it was everywhere from Topshop to Zara featured it heavily alongside the usuals like viscose and cotton.
From tops to dresses this square neckline harps back to the good old nineties and I saw this on loads items all over the high street. The By Hand London Jenna dress is the perfect pattern for this shape.
Your Classic Summer Dress:
Everyone needs a classic summer dress and this button up style was everywhere, the key to making this look on trend is big buttons! We’ve got three options for you that tick most of the boxes…
The Wrap Dress:
This simple wrap dress shape is great for slinging over a bikini as you head down to the beach, most of the ones on the high street had really fine straps and I’ve found a pattern that will at least cover your bra straps! The sparrow wrap dress from afternoon patterns is the perfect pairing!
The Shirt Dress:
You can’t beat a summer shirtdress, it’s a timeless classic. A loose fitting silhouette with big pocket detailing marks out this years take on it and the Reeta midi-dress from Named would work perfectly!
Swimwear has had a bit or a revamp this year, with structured bra tops no longer being en Vogue. Look out for classic shapes similar to your first ever swimsuit, the key is to keep it simple!
This season’s skirts come in two key styles. The first is more structured midi length with either a split up the middle or slits at the side. Made in a heavier weight cotton like a canvas or denim. We thought the Berlin skirt from Orageuse is a great style.
A simple bias cut & wrap skirt were in a lot of the shops look for a small scale print or a lovely linen to make these patterns out of.
A summer wardrobe isn’t complete without a t-shirt and this came in all shapes and sizes on the hight street. Pick yourself an oversized number to throw on with your sandles for a day out or tuck it into a skirt for a smarter look.