Ok so today was the day when I packed my summer clothes away for the winter. Bye bye pretties, I shall miss you & all that you signify.
I’m thinking about my plans for autumn sewing but before I spell out my intentions for sewing during the forthcoming months, I wanted to do a quick review of my most successful makes this summer because I thought it might help me work out what I should make for the coming season. So what do I mean by successful? My criteria are centred around usage and frequency of wear. And looking at this there seem to see a few themes that crop up! So, here’s my very own handmade summer hit parade:
At 8 : Dotty cambie (sewaholic) dress…the a line version (blogged here). Why? It’s such a great look for work, comfy, smart but altogether scruffy badger. I don’t mind ironing it as there is not gallons of skirt, I’d say it gets worn at least once a fortnight.
At no. 7: Built By Wendy Breton shirt.….(blogged here) it’s so comfy! I’ve worn it most after work in slob mode with shorts, or with trousers. Even though its neck is wide and gives me the flash dance look, it’s been the perfect comfy weight top for the mild but not that warm evenings we’ve had in August & also in September.
Number 6: Chilli red ginger skirt ….(blogged here) it’s just easy to wear for work, smart casual. Nice colour, coordinates with so much. Downside? Being linen it creases and can look a bit scruffy, but gets pulled on once a week I’d say.
Coming in at number 5: Teal simplicity 2451 skirt…..(blogged here) it too is a great weight work skirt. It has lots of coordinating tops and is just so easy to throw on and feel less dressy, like you need to in the summer I think. I think this one gets worn weekly too.
And at number 4, Maria Denmark kimono sleeve tee (also worn in photo above, blogged here)…..über versatile this top, despite and because of its plainness it is versatile to wear at work, at home with so many different things. A winner as it is always in the wash, a sign that it’s needed!
Third on the hit parade is this dress, a cowl necked polka dot jersey, simplicity 2580(blogged here) is a great work dress for a Monday. You know, eyes struggling to keep open, not always as prepared as you should be after the weekend? This dress survives no ironing and is comfy and smart for a day in the office. I am thinking that I need an equivalent with long sleeves in the winter….hmmm
Near but not quite at the top at number 2 is Simplicity 2154 polka dot chiffon blouse…(blogged here). It is fair to say that I am in love with this top. Not only do I adore its style, its polka dots, its turquoise-matchee red appeal, but get this….it does not need ironing! And it dries overnight on the airer. It is also a mega success because it too gets worn in work or out of work, and is one of those items that you organise a white wash around just to get it clean again!
Top of the summer me made pops then, it has to be my red cigarette pants (blogged here).
I think without fail they are my clothing of choice at the weekend for at least one day ….I’ll try to give my other me mades a chance for wear, but I could actually wear these every weekend, all weekend. Their stretch content makes them comfy, their bright red makes me feel energised and happy. The cut is perfect and whilst the fit isn’t, it’s good enough. Hurrah ! I clearly need to capitalise on their success and make another pair….I do have some black fabric with some stretch…..
So what are my themes:
- Colour – red white & turquoise- great mix & match capabilities but with enough verve & energy that they all make me feel good
- Polka dots – & not just any polka dots, pretty polka dotted fabrics
- Some great solid colours in skirts/ trousers also clearly needed to compliment the pretty patterns
- No ironing is a strong factor
- And last but not least, comfort …I must be aging for this to be important, but let’s just say this is not the first time the “c” word appears on this blog as a plus point!
Do you have things that you have made that you reach for? What’s your criteria for a successful make? Do you let that inform your sewing plans? Do let me know?! I am now going to digest this learning & hope that my sewing this season could be as successful.