Saturday, June 12, 2021

My Summer Sewing Plan

While Summer doesn't officially start until Sunday, June 20th, it feels likes summer's here now.  We've had several days over 90+F degrees. They've been mixed in with some cooler days but the humidity is creeping up. You can tell the hot and soupy days are coming.

I haven't been sewing much. I own a lot of clothes since I've been sewing non-stop for over 10 years. Staying home during the pandemic didn't encourage me to change my wardrobe much especially when tops worked just fine for work Zoom meetings. And my shirt game is pretty strong since I sewed a lot of them over the last couple of years. 

Now that it's warm, I realize I own quite a few summer maxi dresses since they were my go to garment in the past.  Meaning for awhile, I haven't been inspired much to create.

However, here in the US, vaccines are available (I'm fully vaccinated) so the country is opening back up. I head into NYC two days a week to work in our office and the desire to create some new pieces is growing stronger. 

I realize that I use to sew just one new garment a week and that's the goal I'm setting for myself this summer.  One new piece each weekend.  Hopefully photographed and blogged during the week.

Of course you want to know what I'm working on now ~

I started this border print Vogue 9299 in late May.  I'm determined to finish it up because it needs sleeves, buttons & buttonholes.

Then I want to start on this McCalls maxi dress. It's a popular pattern and almost everyone has made it with the voluminous sleeves. I'm making View D with the flutter sleeves.

My fabric is a ltwt. polyester from Fabric Mart purchased a few months ago. It's a silhouette not currently in my closet. If I like it, I may make the other version with the big sleeves but we'll see. I have about six other patterns on my list to sew. That list will take me through the Summer and give me enough variety in my work wardrobe.

Fabric Buying~

I haven't been purchasing a lot of fabric lately. However, Fabric Mart recently had an amazing sale on blouse weight fabrics with a ton of border prints in them. Of course, I purchased a few cause border prints.

Lastly ~

I don't know if you know but The Sewcialists blog/group is calling it quits.  They've been doing a series of round up posts.  This week's post, "Saying Farewell: Specialists Interviews" was written by BeckyJo.  I'm honored to be included in the group of sewists she featured. If you get a chance, head over and give it a read.  The Sewcialists have promoted ALL sewists and ALL types of sewing over the last eight years. It will be sad to see them go.

I need to head back to my sewing machine... always more later!



  1. What a lot of lovely work. I adore the gray, geometric fabric and can’t wait to see the finished garment. Happy shopping in New York. Wish I could shop there!

  2. Looking forward to seeing the McCalls view D made up :)

  3. Can't wait to see that shirt far its awesome looking & your placing was so my...finish it soon & post...stopped sewing clothes for myself because they never fit me but if I made for my daughter or dad they looked good, just quilting right now. Was looking to take some 2020-2021 weight off then try a few items that I have patterns for & material...we will see...looking forward to more of what you are sewing

  4. You are so clever with the border prints and find the most beautiful ones. I'm always glad to hear from you.

  5. Love your fabrics from FM. What's not to love about border prints??? Look forward to seeing the Vogue dress complete!

  6. Your maxi dress collection is wonderful!! Each one looks just as nice as the other one! I like what you have planned for the Summer, and am excited to see how M6879 comes out. I have it laying in my stash waiting, lol.

  7. Hi Carolyn, I read your interview on Sewcialists yesterday - it was very thought provoking and heart crushing as well. I so agreed about the lack of voice of experience in the sewing social media and I am reminded that my personal attitude about inclusivity can make a difference but needs to be shared.
    Robyn from Oz.

  8. Love those border prints, especially the blue and teal mosaic-like floral. Looking forward to seeing what you make with it!

  9. that’s exactly how i set up my sewing room…two knock down tables i got at an office furniture store…one 8 ft one 6 ft. Holds everything…love it…i know you will love your set up…enjoy

  10. Your summer maxi game is strong! What a beautiful bunch of dresses in that grid! g


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