It’s Getting Hot In Here

Sometimes I wonder has Mother Nature forgotten Northern Ireland when she is flicking the season switch! Nonetheless every year I make new pieces for summer in the hope the sun will find its way to my little corner of the world. Being a U.K. Size 18 I find making some of  my own clothes means I have flattering, well fitted pieces to keep me cool as the weather gets a little warmer. Here is a round up of some of the pieces I made for this summer.


This pattern is so easy to make. Each skirt took less than 2 hours from start to finish. My skirts have pockets which are super easy to do and as I’m an apple shape I find they flatter my figure. I made these from 100% cotton in cute bright prints and they really do keep me cool in the sun.  New Look Skirt Pattern 6101


This one is slightly different, it has no pockets and is a little shorter. It’s made from the Tilly Walnes Love at first Stitch I used a fine needle cord fabric and this skirt is great. It can be worn with or without tights of the weather is cooler. I especially loved the sewing theme of the fabric


The first was a 60’s inspired shift dress, made in a lovely bright cotton. I made this for a special night out with some buddies. It’s cute and so simple to make, the pattern allows it to be fitted beautifully to a ladies curves. Simplicity 1609

My favourite make for this summer has to be the Colette Moneya and I have lots more planned for my Autumn and winter wardrobe too. This is made with a stretch denim and I changed the pockets from in seam to patch. I simply found in this case the seam line pockets made the dress too bulky.  This pattern was so easy to read and the dress was constructed in no time. The trickiest part was inserting the clear elastic on the waist line. Colette Moneta


I love to wear my skinny jeans and vest tops. In fact it’s my default outfit for school runs and shopping trips. I like to wear a pretty Kimono to cover my arms and here are the three I have chosen for this years wardrobe. Willow by Designer Stitch.  Simplicity 1108



I haven’t made as many Summer tops as I’d wanted to this year, In fact this Colette Sorbetto is the only one. I loved the bright fabric and cutesy buttons.


I have made two Colette Laurel dresses which I will show you later in the month and I have a dress on my machine at the moment for my daughter. Have a look at some of my fellow bloggers and see what they have been up to preparing for the hot weather.


June 1st- Sewing By Ti
June 2nd- Sewing By Ti

June 5- Stitching and Making
June 6- Doodle Number 5
June 7- That’s Sew Lily
June 8- EYMM
June 9- Ma Moose

June 12- Tales from a Southern Mom
June 13- Robynne and the Bobbin
June 14- Hazelnut Handmade
June 15- Anne Mari Sews
June 16- On Wednesdays We Sew

June 19- Tenille’s Thread
June 20- It’s Liesel
June 21- Lillie Pawillie
June 22- Needles to Say
June 23- Sewing By Ti
June 24- Fox Flower Lane

June 26- Indulging Mum
June 27- Creative Counselor
June 28- Sprouting Jube Jube
June 29- Anne Mari Sews
June 30- Sewing By Ti



Dress Up This Town……….

A Tale of Two Laurels


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