Our focus was on getting clever, getting creative and getting back to basics with some comfy summer staples, as well as a surprise or two thrown in for the little ones. There’s everything from basics to hacks and outfits for tiny tots… even a couple of fun summer teepees for the kids to have a blast in.
We love summertime and we know that the last thing you want to do is find yourself unprepared, searching the stores and coming home with second best. So we’ve put together The Ultimate Summertime Sewing Roundup, with projects ranging from weekend jobs to quick up-cycles, there’s something here for everybody and better yet, you’ll come out of it with additions to house and wardrobe that money couldn’t buy!
Culottes, one of the most trendy styles of the 50’s and 60’s, are back! Culottes are flared pants or shorts that can often look like a skirt or a dress when you’re wearing them. I have been trying to help you build a warm weather wardrobe that is both easy and practical –and that is easy to make. Here is another free pattern to add to your collection of projects for the summer.
This is my favourite time of year. It's October in Australia! The days are warmer and I spend alot of time in my bathers. This means my wardrobe changes to mostly kaftans and slip dresses. This week I made one from a vintage seersucker tablecloth and some old doileys.
I’ve been so loving my Lilly ‘designer’ dress that at last I found the time to make another, and add on a few variations. With this simply shift dress pattern, it’s all about the fabric and the embellishments, and you can use this versatile pattern to create any number of different looks.
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The Curvy Drape Dress is probably my favourite pattern yet! It is loose fitting but sophisticated and super comfy (yes, it even has an elasticated waist).
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This is a tunic that is so easy to make that you will want to make many in different colors. This pattern would make a good project for those looking for their first garment.
It's a super easy Tank.
Easy Party Dress
So, if ever wanted to sew a dress in the morning and wear it that very night or, if like me, you need a last minute project to get your daughter something to wear, or if you just want to get your wardrobe into warm weather mood or need a gift for your grand daughter’s birthday, this project is for you. This tutorial will show you how to make a very easy party dress and the best part is you won’t have to spend more than $40 dollars making it. Gather your supplies from the list below and meet me at the table.
Hey y'all, more from my vintage sheet kick-today I did a vintage sheet robe.
Summer is here! Time for more summer dresses and here is my Empire of the Sun-Dress. It has a cross-over bodice front and back, and an elastic fitted empire-line waist, and a softly gathered skirt. Pull it on and go – it’s actually reversible! The front and the back are the same.
To kick things off I've got a draped skirt tutorial for you.
Well, it took me a while, but it’s here at last. Do you remember I wrote a while back about a skirt I wore during the Cayman Islands first ever sewing meet up? Robin suggested I should sew a skirt like the one I was wearing, and immediately I knew it was a great idea and got to work. Introducing the Gathered Summer Skirt. Sizing given for sizes 34-52 inch hips, all should fit on less than 1.5 yards of fabric.
I love to spice up dresses and jeans with long summer vest. In my last visit to Target I found a few very cool and super cheap items, I already showed you what I did with this dress. So now I wanted to show what I did with two T-shirts, I also used a little piece of lace for the back, but you don’t need to use it if you don’t like lace.
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You asked – you got it. The next free pattern from So Sew Easy is an easy dress pattern for a great summer dress with option to shorten for a top. Made in just a few simple steps, I’ll hold your hand all the way with this one and show you some tips and tricks along to way to help you sew beautifully with knit fabrics.
This could easily be your go-to skirt for summer. Make it once, and then over and over in different fabrics. I think you’ll like it!
This baby top/dress pattern is super simple. I started with the idea of having gathered straps. The straps have elastic in them, which bunches up the fabric and also makes them really easy to slip on. Because this top/dress fits loosely , it will fit for a while, hopefully all summer. I’m guessing it will fit a 3-9 month size range.
This weekend I decided to make myself a cute duffel bag for my gym stuff. As silly as it may sound, I get a little more excited to go to the gym with a pink bag rather than a plain ole boring black or gray bag. It must be the girl in me:-)
Free sewing pattern shift dress FRONT mannequin
The dress can be worn two ways; as a pleated crewneck…
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Kimono tops are so in these days. It’s perfect with whatever the season is. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, you can wear it anytime and anywhere you like. It’s just a matter of mixing and matching your OOTDs!
This is the perfect little hat for a day at the beach or a playdate in the park.
Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my bounty home. But what I often fail to do is bring my own produce bags- plastic or otherwise- forcing the farmers to use their own. And I know that every penny counts for them…and purchasing new plastic bags, or just saving their own plastic bags to bring with them, is an unnecessary burden.
Last weekend I created a New Summer Picnic Dress which is another version of my Free Summer Picnic Dress Pattern. I haven’t made this dress in a long time, so it was really fun to sew one of these again.
POST LANDSCAPE LEAD Infinity Scarf
I mean, they flatter everyone, add a little something-something to even the most basic outfit, and you can find (or make!) them in the most gorgeous array of colors and fabrics!
Make Front Zipper Dress Pinterest
I made this front zipper dress from a Burda patterns sewing pattern for a sweetheart neckline dress. I wanted to add a front zipper because I need nursing access, but I think the zipper also gives a nice modern twist to this otherwise girly sewing pattern.
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I’ve seen so many creative DIY play teepees and tents online, and I thought I’d create my own for my little girl. I did, and I’m so excited with how it turned out! She absolutely loves it, and it’s such an adorable addition to her room decor.
Hey, thanks for checking out my Wrap Dress tutorial! It’s by far my most visited post. I hope it helps you and you enjoy your awesome dress.
Here are the instructions for making your very own Beach Dress, as promised yesterday. It really is a dress for hot weather- mine is made from lightweight fabric, is knee-length and ties up at the nape of the neck.
DIY Summer Flip Flop Makeover Ideas Tutorials @fabartdiy
Flip flops are the best choice for foot wear during the warm summer months. They are easy to slip on, come in a variety of colors and can match almost any outfit. Flip-flops and sandals make you feel so much cooler and are the ideal choice when visiting the pool or the beach. You can pick up a cheap pair of plastic flip-flops at most clothing stores, but if you don’t want to wear the same one along the swimming pool or beach, design your own!
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This is a super quick and easy project! And it just feels great to take something that didn’t fit and turn it into something useable!
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This how to make a Tee Pee (free pattern) DIY is perfect for a little gathering spot for your kids. This tee pee is on the larger side – so several kids can fit in it at once.
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Hey y'all, today I've got just a fun summer sewing tutorial-how to sew women's shorts.This is a super easy project.