[Update 6/7: I've added a page that combines all of the Summer Essentials Sew-Along information, including this post, the list of participants, the Flickr group and the widget here.]
Those mourning the end of May, I present to you: Summer! We’re talking sunshine and sun dresses. Wowza.
As mentioned in my last post, some lovely Me-Made-May ladies were game for a summer sew-along. My idea was this: Instead of sewing willy-nilly, I’d concoct a loose plan of things I’d really need/use this summer. Otherwise, knowing my mode-of-operation, I’d be waylaid by every pretty pattern or piece of fabric, whereas Me-Made-May taught me the value of both having solid essentials in your closet that play nice with their RTW companions and also filling the gaps in my closet.
In an effort to be as laid back as summer heat inspires, the Summer Essentials Sew-Along asks participants to sew five(-ish) warm-weather friendly pieces by August(-ish), ‘cause wouldn’t you rather spend August looking fabulous in your homemade threads? The goal: Stock your closet with quality summer basics. The benefit: A group of sewers who will encourage and inspire you, not to mention talk you off the ledge when you need it (this may be me, ladies, when I attempt the swimsuit)!
To me, there are six categories of summer wear. Feel free to add to this, but this is just to start us thinking of what you need/want.
Poolside Pretties: Anything that cools or dries you off when there’s lots of sun and water around. One and two-piece swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, surf shorts, sun hats, oh my! One versatile swimsuit cover-up I find lovely is a terry cloth dress. Double-duty, that’s what I’m talking about.
Clam Diggers & Co.: Bifurcated bottoms of every style and length, from flowing linen pants to short-shorts and all the inbetweens—clam diggers, pedal pushers, Bermuda shorts, etc.
Sweet & Sassy Skirts: Prints and solids, short and long, low-slung and high-waisted. But most of all: Airy, flirty, flattering.
The Sundress: Need I say more? To me, the perfect sun dress strikes that cord between casual and elegant—arms and collarbones, looking good barefoot or high-heeled. It’s something you can wear to both a barbecue and a summer wedding. A summer staple I’ve never owned until now.
Tees, Tunics & Blouses: Yes, please! I’m finally understanding the worth of blouses as they also strike that balance between casual/formal, totally versatile. I’m also thinking mini-dresses that do triple duty as tunics, dresses and cover-ups.
Those Summer Nights: Pullovers, cardis and hoodies may be the last thing you’re thinking of with the mercury rising, but there’s those cool summer nights, not to mention every last establishment with the air con blasting. Or: for those of you where thunderstorms are a daily summer experience, a lightweight trench?
So that’s it. I’m deficient in nearly every category so I think I’ll aim for one in each. What about you? What do you need this summer? What looks inspire you?
Here’s the list of participants, keep an eye on their progress. And if you’d like to join, just leave a comment! I’ll faithfully stalk you and your summer sewing. *Update: We have a Flickr group. Click here to join.
Amy of Quixotic Pixels
Barbara of The Flowery Skirt
DelfinElise at DelfinElise
Stacy of StacyVerb
Zoe of So, Zo... (And MMM of course!)
Full list forthcoming!
Note: This sew-along will accommodate your other sew-alongs and challenges nicely! It’ll still be warm enough for some summer essentials in Zoe’s Self-Stitched September. Already mentioned, but worth another plug: Japanese top sew-along at Cecili’s Sewing and Sew On beginning Sunday. Also caught wind of a Trenchcoat Sew-Along.
I’m excited about seeing your essentials. I’ll be detailing mine in my next post.
To sewing, to summer!
*The image used in the graphic came from Millie Motts' blog. Check it out for wonderful vintage inspiration.*
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