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.
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