Last year was a wonderful year for my handmade wardrobe. I started the year with a few summer dresses and ended the year
I love summer. It does nothing for my hair and I hate getting sweaty but I’m willing to forgive all of those things because I love the sun. I also love that it allows me to prance around in summer dresses.
I love the ease of summer dressing. You throw on a dress and that’s it, you look great. You don’t have to worry about a coat (most of the time) and when sewing your own it’s a great chance to experiment with different styles and fabrics
However, the options when it comes to these sewing basics can be slightly overwhelming. If you scan the market there are lots of similar styles out there, which can make it hard to know which one you need. So with that in mind I have rounded up my top 5 summer dresses I think you need to sew right now and the occasions they are best suited to.
The pattern to make you look fancy when you’re actually not.
There’s something about the Flora that makes you look dressed up even when you’re just throwing a dress on. The straps are perfect for summer and the different skirt options make it adaptable. Made in Liberty Lawn this dress will look fancy even if you’re not feeling fancy. To be honest this is basically my requirement from most of my dresses.
Here’s the version I am currently working on.
The OMG it is so hot right now!
Ok they might be rare but in the UK when we do have very hot days they can sometimes be stiffling and finding something to wear can be tricky. This week has been a perfect example of that. The Seamwork Catarina is perfect for days like this. It’s simple shape and adjustable straps make it easy to wear when you don’t want material to be touching you.
I love my version and it’s a hot weather staple.
The I’m basically still wearing pyjamas but still look cool.
The best kind of makes are the ones that feel like you’re wearing pyjamas but still leave you looking put together. Enter the Moneta dress that does this perfectly. Who doesn’t love jersey, it’s just so comfy. The relaxed fit of the Moneta paired with the jersey, make this dress perfect for a relaxed picnic in the park. I made this in a midi length and I feel that it helps this look even more pulled together. Super bold fabrics like this one are not necessary but highly recommended.
The I have to go to work in this heat?
The Doris dress has been on my to sew list for such a long time that I’m not sure why I just haven’t made it! I love the shape of this dress. The grown on sleeves and neckline make it suitable for hot weather but also for any work place situation. Just vary your fabric according to your work dress code.
The I’m going to the beach or at least I’m going to pretend I am.
Wearing a breezy dress makes you feel like you’re at the beach no matter where you are. I love wearing the version I have made it makes me feel ready to go to beach even when I’m not. I love the midi length while the open back is a nice design detail (even if it does make it hard to wear a bra). I do also like the fact that there is a jumpsuit option which would be perfect for those breezy days at the beach.
Have you sewn any of these patterns? What is your favourite dress pattern for summer?