Sewspiration

Summer Mix and Match Capsule Wardrobe Inspiration
Laurens pattern and fabric pairings

Blog / 26 June 2019

With so many lovely fabrics and loads of indie sewing patterns to choose from in the shop, when you get that urge to sew a new garment, I know picking out what to make can be over whelming sometimes. 

So in my latest sewspiration post I've chosen 5 lovely projects for a handmade summer wardrobe, matching sewing patterns with our gorgeous fabrics. 

To see how the fabrics drape and move check out my latest Youtube video or read on and click on the highlighted text to see the product listings for the fabrics and patterns I've chosen. 

Springfield Top in Atelier Brunette Viscose 

Gorgeous fabric needs a simple classic design and the new Cashmerette Springfield top is a great choice for summer, which can be layered up in cooler weather and for wearing right into the autumn. 

There are two versions: one is a more loose, swingy silhouette with an options hem band and the other had back princess seams to beautifully skim your curves. The size range starts at US 12, which is a bust 40 so if you fall below that range then the Grainline Willow is a great alternative in a really similar style. 

The Atelier Brunette viscose in the new granito design lighter colourway is lovely and bright for summer. It's off white back ground is off set by organic and irregular pebble shapes in terracotta, pale blue and warm beige. This fabric drapes so beautifully and is super soft and silky. 

Uniform Tunic in embroidered cranes on pinstripe cotton

I've been a fan of this Grainline Tunic pattern since it was released as part of a book collaboration with a knitting pattern for a classic simple cardigan. I've made both the tunic and the cardigan since its original release and wear them loads so its great to see the sewing pattern now available as a stand alone option. 

The basic design is another classic and simple one with lots of different design features to choose from including neckline, sleeves or sleeveless and inseam pockets (they are great - my version has them!) 

The fabric options 

Romy Top in sparkling striped jersey 

The new Tilly and the Buttons Romy top is a great option if you love the comfort of stretchy jersey tops and dresses. It has a loose fit with a high slash neckline and options for different sleeve lengths and back ties across the upper shoulders. I think for summer the cap sleeves and the back ties would look lovely in this sparkling pink striped jersey fabric

It's a light to medium weight jersey fabric so wouldn't feel too bulky with the back tie and the lurex in the fabric that gives the sparkling effect really jazzes up the project. 


Camden skirt in classic summer denim 

I love this light blue denim colour for summer and the Nina Lee Camden Skirt is a really nice everyday skirt that could be paired with so many different things. 

The Camden skirt has a gentle a-line shape with two length options (I would personally pick the shorter one for summer) and I love the large patch pockets. It fastens with an invisible zip at the side for a nice neat finish and is fully lined but for this type of version I would just omit the lining. 

Despite the 'rigid' name of the light blue denim, it's actually fairly pliable and easy to work with, it won't feel still to wear, especially after a prewash, but will still hold the nice shape of the skirt. 

Jenny trousers in soft lilac denim 

The Closet Case Patterns Jenny overalls, inspired by vintage work-wear, comes with an option to omit the bib to make a lovely pair of wide-legged trousers, which I think would look great in this soft lilac denim fabric

You can choose from lots of details including cropped, full or shorts length and slash front patch pockets and rounded back patch pockets. They fasten at the side with a lapped zipper and you can choose to have a faux front fly too - I think that might look nice in this denim! 

The fabric is more of a medium weight denim but would still hold the wide shape of the trousers well. It also has a little bit of stretch in it, which would make the trousers super comfy to wear as the are fitted around the waist and the top of the hips.