The second summer collection I was working on focused on shades of royal blue and lilac, with white and navy added in too.
This collection focused on a lot of dresses which is something my wardrobe was missing. I love that I have all these beautiful summer dresses ready to pull out next year.
This collection included a few pieces that would tie in with every colour palette I was working with, including this Leila Dress by Marsha Style in Blue Feather viscose from Lamazi Fabrics. I feel like this piece is the perfect boho summer style dress and it would work in so many settings.
This dress could be one of my favourites from the summer collections (although to be honest I think I love them all!). The giant lilac gingham from The Dab Hand just screams summer picnics to me and the pattern has become one of my favourites.
It is so unlike to to choose white fabric, never mind make 2 white dresses close together, but I couldn’t resist making this pretty Flor dress hack in broderie anglaise from Felicity Fabrics. I was part of the pattern testing team for this dress. This was my second version of this dress, my lilac midi length version below was my first test version.
This is another pattern I was part of the testing team for and I have another blog post with all the details on this one too. The fabric is a Lady McElroy linen viscose from Sister Mintaka which is unfortunately sold out.
This blazer was love at first sight! As soon as the pattern was released i bought it and have now made a full length version and this cropped version in a floral canvas which had been in my stash for a while. I have at least 2 more of this planned!
Now that I am writing this I am realising you many pattern tests I was lucky to be part of this year. I was part of the QA team for the Helen’s Closet Gilbert Top and this was my first version in a Navy polka dot rayon that had again been in my stash for nearly 2 years. I had enough left over to make a pair of Winslow shorts and I love the faux play suit look.
I love my dawn jeans and have got lots of wear from them already. You can more about them on my blog post here.
One final pattern test from this collection is the Coco Wawa Plum dress. When Ana contacted me about testing this it was like she had read my mind about the type of dress pattern I was looking for. This loose smock style dress with a cute ruffle option is perfect for summer and I went on to make some of my favourite summer dresses from this pattern. This fabric was from a local fabric swap back in January.
Two of my favourite woven top patterns have to be the Friday Pattern Company Square Neck Top and Paper Theory Patterns Kabuki tee. I have made a few versions of each now and love both styles.
This collection was always going to be one of the biggest as it was using up a lot of fabrics that were already in my stash and it feels good to have cleared a lot of these out. So I suppose I have to thank Covid for that one! Lol!
I hope you have enjoyed this round up, and I know I will look forward to pulling out all of these pieces next year when the good weather comes back (and hopefully bring a few on holiday some day).
How did your summer sewing plans go? Were they a success?