Summer DIY Roundup!

Hey all! Summer is about to be here depending on where you live and it’s time to start acting like it!

If you plan on sewing a full summer wardrobe or just want some weather appropriate items in your closet, here’s a list of my top 10 summer fabrics and patterns to try out. Some of them I’ve been eyeing for awhile and plan to try out too, others just caught my eye. Enjoy!

SUMMER 2018 DIY ROUNDUP- MY TOP TEN FAVORITES TO CELEBRATE SUMMER AND GET STARTED SEWING

1. Linen Blend from La Mercerie
What better way to celebrate summer than to wear the most breathable fabric of all-linen. This striped linen rayon blend is a gorgeous pattern to die for. With two color options representing summer with a stripe design, this fabric would look great in a Fringe Dress by Chalk and Notch or an Alder Shirt Dress by Grainline Studios. Linen is a great fabric to stay cool in and breathe through the hot air that comes with summers scorching sun. Make sure to get some before it’s all gone, and be sure to check out some of the other pretty prints in the shop too perfect for the summer season!

2. Simplicity 8644 Wrap Top Pattern
These designs are SO summer-worthy! Wrap dresses and tops are very simple and easy to wear for hot seasons. You can make these patterns with any fabric of choice but I suggest going with a cute floral cotton. With 4 design options you can choose long sleeved or short sleeves and be versatile with the length. Wrap dresses are a great way to represent spring and summer all year round! Get this pattern at your local hobby store or online at Simplicity.com!

3. Lou Box Top Pattern by Sew DIY
THIS IS A GOAL MAKE OF MINE. I love the Lou Box Top and feel it’s easy, flowy and just loose fitting enough to be the perfect kind of comfortable. This top is also SO versatile. Pair it with jeans or a nice A-line skirt. With so many pattern variations for the length and neckline you can make a million different versions of this pattern to stock your closet with. Loose fitting designs allow for all day comfort and lets air flow between fabrics to gives you a nice cool feeling.

4. Blackbird Fabrics Swimwear Fabric Collection
I myself have never made a swimsuit, but after I saw this AWESOME collection of swimwear tricots at Blackbird Fabrics I must admit the idea was tempting. Not only do they have DELICIOUS prints like these below, but they have a large section of solids as well for mixing and matching purposes or for making swimsuits galore. With all the heat, you’re going to want a nice sturdy but adorable swimsuit to go diving into the pool with, why not make your own? And with these designs, how can you not?

5. Mimi G’s Jessica Pattern
Mimi G has made several variations of her Jessica Dress Pattern, but my favorite is the one below. The original pattern is a knee length design, but the pattern can easily be variated to be a peplum top or a shorter/longer dress. With spaghetti straps, a sweetheart neckline and a comfortable design this dress is perfect for summer. Choose a nice floral print or go solid and keep it simple, the choice is up to you!

6. Lander Shorts by True Bias
Let’s face it we all love Landers. With their retro 70’s vibe, neat pockets, and 4 button fly, you can’t help but be in love with the Lander Shorts. At thigh length they look super comfortable without being too short or revealing for all of you conservatives out there, and for those who want some pizazz umm again, the pockets! These shorts pair great with an Ogden Cami, which is also another great summer staple to put into your wardrobe.

7. Alder Shirt Dress by Grainline Studios
Everyone loved a shirtdress! The Alder Shirtdress is an adorable loose fitting button down shirt dress with a collar and optional gathered or loose fitting waistline. Its sleeveless design makes it a great option for summer and the fact that it’s a shirtdress makes it the perfect outfit for lounging on the beach or relaxing poolside. With the gathered skirt or looser fit options you can opt for a more dressy or casual feel depending on your preference.

8. LA Finch Fabrics
I don’t have a particular fabric to showcase here as most of their fabrics are amazing and beautiful. . The new arrivals section has recently been stocked with some pretty fabrics that give beautiful summer vibes. My favorite thing about this shop is their double brushed cottons. But if you’re looking for more swimwear fabrics, check out their options! They have a wide range of various colors, textures and prints that can match every maker’s needs!

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9. Yari Jumpsuit by True Bias
The Yari Jumpsuit is True Bias’ most recently released pattern. It has multiple designs and variations but my favorite is the shorts version. Simple and clean design and a loose fit, it is a simple choice for the summer season. Lounge around the house, go to the store, take a stroll in the park, or sit poolside with a margarita, this jumpsuit will look good doing it all.

10. Collins Top by In The Folds
The Collins Top is on my list of must-trys for this year as well. It’s an adorable top perfect for casual days or a night on the town. Use a lightweight cotton or a linen to give this top an even more flowy and beautiful feel. Its structure and lines make it a great compliment to any body type in my opinion, and could be even more enhanced if using some nice striped fabric. It’s billowy personality makes it a head turner in a room. It also comes in tank top or long sleeve options.

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