Spring is still coming on slowly here, though today it is pretty rainy and awful. I’m trying to get my wardrobe planning for warm weather completed, but I keep finding more holes to fill!
For instance, I don’t have a spring coat. I’d like a nice 3/4 length coat with a retro collar, like Mccall’s 5525 (below.) I’d make mine with full length sleeves (an option on the other views.) I don’t understand shorter sleeves on a coat! I’m thinking of a floral print, which seems to be a trend in spring coats right now.
I’ve also been searching, without success, for a spring purse. I feel like purses and shoes (especially shoes!) are going through a major ugly period right now, and I can’t find anything that I like. I’ve decided, in a fit of overconfidence, to make my own. I like the Sophia Carryall by Amy Butler.
I’m not decided on a print yet, but I love the shape – so much nicer than the slouchy bags that seem to be prevalent in my price range! I’m not sure if I’m crazy to make this or not, considering I haven’t made anything similar. The reviews are pretty good, and the instructions are supposed to be good!
Finally, I’ve developed an obsession with full-skirted sundresses. I have no fewer than 4 of them on my “to sew” list for sometime this year.
These patterns are both Vintage Vogue reissues, to made out of the pretty sateen I just got from FabricMart and this great brushed cotton with roses. I have some afternoon summer weddings to attend, and I think either of these dresses would be lovely.
I’d like a fun 50s style halter, though I am not sold on the print (to be clear – I really love the print, and I will certainly use it for something else, but I may want more of a tropical fabric for the halter.
The project on the right above (Vogue 8577) is my current WIP. The fabric is a linen-look 100% cotton in a gorgeous royal blue. I’m making the view above, which is shorter than the other 2 and has no sleeves or collar. I made a muslin of the bodice last night, and decided to go down to a size 8 for the top, and a 10 for the skirt. The dress is supposed to be fully lined (and the fabric needs a lining) but I can’t decide what to use for lining. I usually go with Bemberg rayon, so I could do that. I also like cotton batiste, but I think it would bunch up with the cotton fabric and not hang well – so bemberg it is!
I’m glad today is the last of my workweek – here’s hoping for actual sewing time this weekend (and I hope to hit some estate and yard sales!)