I am so excited about the warmer weather and all the CUTE clothes that are out this season! But in addition to doing a liiiiittle bit of shopping, I am planning on sewing up a bunch of handmade garments for spring! I have already gotten a pretty solid start, and have a list of some great patterns to add to my collection.
Here’s some of the things I’ve already made, and a few of the items I plan on sewing soon:
I am still in LOVE with the off the shoulder trend this season, and thankfully off the shoulder tops and dresses are easy to make! I have already made five variations- and have a whole list of others to tackle. The pattern is simple, but I love how you can really customize it to get the exact look you want. You can add a ruffle to the top, add tassels or pom pom trim, change the length of the sleeves- there are so many options! I even made the one above on the far right out of one of Scott’s old dress shirts! I love this pattern, and can’t wait to make more for the warm weather.
I have wanted this pattern since last summer, and WILL be getting it this year! I love the simple shift style, and feel like I could get several pretty dresses out of it.
Pearl Shift Dress hacked into a top with Bell Sleeves
I am loving the bell sleeve trend this year too. I used my beloved Pearl Shift Dress pattern last weekend, and shortened it into a top. I shortened the sleeve and added a ruffle to the bottom for the bell sleeve! I LOVE how it turned out, and like the Mama Daphne, I have plans for several more!
I love simple cotton tops for the spring and summer, to wear with jeans and shorts. This Ryan top is really cute and simple, and will be a great basic to wear all summer long.
I was a pattern tester several weeks back for the Rachel Top/Tunic/Dress from See Kate Sew. I love pattern testing so much because not only does it test my technical sewing and expose me to new techniques and a vast knowledge base from the designer and the other testers, but you end up getting a free pattern out of the gig! Can’t beat that! But this Rachel dress is one of my favorite dress silhouettes this season. Roomy and forgiving, with the gathered skirt and bell sleeves. I LOVE this light blue floral fabric, and when I wore it yesterday, I got compliments on it all day long. I’d love to have a chambray version and maybe a lightweight linen version for the summer.
I have wanted this Roscoe Top/Dress pattern for a few years now! I think it would be so versatile and would make such a cute roomy dress in a lightweight rayon or lawn. I love blousy peasant-style dresses, and this one would be perfect.
And one last pattern that I have had on my list for years that I haven’t bitten the bullet and just bought it yet. Another cute top that I could wear with jeans now and shorts later, and maybe even lengthen into a cute and casual dress. Oh, the options!!
I have a few old favorites planned too, a gingham Emery Dress, a Ruby Top with bell sleeves, and a sleeveless chambray Farrow Dress too. Now, if I can just find the TIME to get all of these sewn up this spring!!
So those are my spring handmade closet plans for the season. And keep an eye out next week for a special GIVEAWAY for one of these pretties— custom-made for the winner!