Handmaker's Factory

Summer Wardrobe Sewing

Spring has sprung! The days are growing longer and a little warmer (mostly) and this prompted me to fling open my wardrobe doors and drawers and sort through my clothes. I pulled everything out and made 4 piles.

1. Back in the wardrobe to wear during spring/summer
2. Pack away for next winter
3. Donate
4. Bin

Last summer I had a huge clearout and sold quite a lot of my handmade clothes, so many in fact that as I went through my wardrobe last weekend the piles I made were pretty small and I realised that I really don't have a lot left! We all know what that means don't we? NEW CLOTHES!! Woohoo!

vintage simplicity dress

So I'm putting together a list of things to make and trying my best to keep my wardrobe contents to a minimum and make everything work with each other. I'm revisiting Project 333 and while I may not stick to having 33 items (including shoes, accessories and jewellery etc) in my wardrobe I think I may be able to get through summer with something pretty close to that.

Being that I work for myself my style is pretty casual most days and looking through my Pinterest inspiration board what I make should be:

Simple over out there
Comfortable
Natural colours over bright colours
Green, yellow, orange, red, blue, brown
Bike and walking friendly
Have the ability to be mixed and matched

So, I've started a pinboard on Pinterest where I can drop ideas of things I would like to make. From this I should be able to work out which items will work together and which I should leave out.

voila top 

Through winter I have lived in a pretty small selection of garments, jeans, a few dresses with leggings or tights, a cardigan, a cape, a few tops, scarves and a skirt and I've found it quite nice to not have too much choice. Although I must admit my wardrobe has been kind of hacked together this winter and I've pretty much done with what I have. I'm really not able to do that with my limited summer wardrobe and need to add some basic staples to it.

vintage simplicity shorts/trousers

So, here is my potential summer wardrobe sewing and knitting list. These will be in addition to what I already have in my wardrobe:

Five dresses
A jersey cardigan
A hand knit cardigan
One or two hand knit tops
Two pairs of shorts
Two pairs of wide leg pants
Tops
T-shirts
A jacket
A skirt or two
A jumpsuit/playsuit/overalls
Pajamas

I may even venture into bra and knicker sewing!

mccalls trousers

Summer in Melbourne can get stinkin' hot so loose lightweight garments are a must and being able to quickly throw on a dress or pant and top combo and go is very appealing! I hate standing in front of the wardrobe wondering what on earth I'm going to wear that day. Having a limited wardrobe that works well together will be a time saver and so easy.
I'm going to stick with mostly neutral fabrics in natural fibres with a few prints thrown in.

How about you? What state is your summer wardrobe in? What do you plan to make?

 

Tags: patterns, Sewing

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