In my last article Sewing a Classic Summer Wardrobe – Part 1, I explained how a button-down shirt and white jeans are the first 2 of 5 essential pieces of a classic summer wardrobe. Today I want to show you some examples of flowy pants, knit tank dress and shirt dress.
3. Flowing pants
Okay, confession. I am addicted to making pants. I have a ridiculous amount of them! Here, I'm simply sharing my favorite pairs when feeling some flow is essential.
Swimming Style Models, a small Australian company, has some great swimsuit designs, but you should also take a look at their clothing line. The beige v-neck tee I'm wearing here with the cream version is also one of theirs.
Of course I like the very popular Pomona Pants Pattern by Anna Allen with its elastic waist and wide legs. Finally, I made two Style Arc Clare pants which, as you see, can be office chic or everyday casual, depending on the fabric you use.
4. The Tank dress
Now, if you're not into dresses, like I never was before moving to Texas, you might not think about this! However, a great way to get used to wearing a dress (really essential in really hot, hot weather) is to start with a shape you're used to, like a tank top. I found a great model for this called the Go to fit and flare dressess by Pattern Emporium.
When you buy a Pattern Emporium pattern, you always get three different looks. So nice. I chose the wide band tank top and lowered the waistline about 8 inches so the skirt sat lower on my hip. This gives it swing. I love the swing!
5. A shirt dress
You can't go wrong with a shirt dress, and they're fun to sew, too. It's so easy to expand your favorite shirt sewing pattern, but I wanted to try a large 4 pattern, so I used McCalls 8031 for a traditional dress with a camp collar. I bought this amazing cotton from Lyrical Fabrics and I've been a fan ever since. Their fabrics are just Extra. This cotton is like linen, with a little slub and a slight shine. Delicious!
Sew.LaLa Patterns released this Alea Dress last summer and you'll love the options on this one too. The pattern comes with not-so-traditional pockets, but I like a little quirk in my classic style, so I stuck with the theme in this photo. However, you can add regular pockets or no pockets at all to make it even more of a classic. I actually removed the pockets later because I just didn't feel like I was taking advantage of the “weird” look. Ha! Ha!
Well, that's my take on a classic summer wardrobe that you can sew. I hope you found the examples and links useful. Now go ahead and get lost. You can do it!