Yesterday was the first day of spring, although you wouldn’t know it with the temperature hovering just above freezing and the dusting of snow we woke up to this morning. Whatever the weather outside my window, the interwebs are alive and well with images of spring, little girls in Easter dresses, and rainbow hues in general.
After much perusing and comparison on blogs and Pinterest, I have settled on a few sewing patterns to update my wardrobe for the coming warmer weather. The best part- I ordered some Nani Iro double gauze and Liberty cotton lawn for these projects, and I am very excited. There will be a major happy dance at the front door when this box appears! Fortunately my mailman has a good sense of humour and has been pretty cool with my previous expressions of unbridled joy when a package arrives.
The patterns and fabrics I have chosen are some that I have been eyeballing for a while… time to pull the trigger!
The Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills
I have already printed this free pattern and will be using some charcoal jersey knit from my stash. Not very bright and colourful, but I have a feeling this top will be a great wardrobe staple and I will end up with more than one.
The Bess Top by Imagine Gnats
I love this colour-blocked version; it was the reason I purchased this pattern. I plan on sewing the top version of the pattern and colour-blocking with Wiltshire Liberty Tana Lawn for the sleeve/upper back portion, and a coordinating solid lawn for the body.
Again, I love the colour blocking on this pattern. I also like the sheer lace body, and might find a similar fabric to replicate this look, with a full lining. There are a few images on the Schwinn and Schwinn website with sheer top panels and solid body panels, which is also a possibility.
The Gathered Sundress from Pattern Runway
I really like the design of this dress, especially the piping. I also wanted to stay away from shift-type dresses, which don’t flatter my body, so the defined waist drew me to this pattern. I have some beautiful Nani Iro En Garden double gauze in the Bi colour way coming, and I think I can squeak this dress out of it. It makes me smile just to imagine the beautiful colours of this fabric on this dress!
Needing no introduction, I am looking forward to adding more of these to my wardrobe in the bright and cheerful Michelle Liberty Tana Lawn and a solid lawn. I wear a lot of tanks layered with cardigans, so this pattern is getting a lot of use.
I am also going to be working on finishing a dress I completed late last summer, but was not happy with the fit of the (almost) finished product. I will be backing up a few steps and altering the fit a little, then hopefully wearing this beauty in the sunshine.
What spring sewing plans are floating around in your creative brain?