Mmm. Summer sewing.
What is it about summer patterns that make them so satisfying? Maybe it’s the fabrics. Or the relaxed shapes.
Or the fact that while I make them I imagine myself on a beach somewhere warm and tropical.
Or is that just me? 😉
Both super easy, super wearable, and totally flattering. Jack. Pot.
I made these up a week or so ago as Kellie asked me to be a pattern tester. It’s no secret that I am a giant fan of her patterns. So obviously I said yes, trying very hard to play it cool (definitely don’t think I pulled it off).
And to be fair, I’m not sure I need much of an excuse to sew some cool summer duds (have you seen my style Pinterest board – it’s like permanently July in there).
Pattern: Emerson shorts c/o True Bias
Fabric: medium weight cotton ikat, from stash
I made up the Emerson shorts first using some medium ikat I had in my stash (from the stylish Maxantonia on Instagram). You can make the pattern up as cropped trousers/pants too, but I’m definitely not cool enough to rock that look. So shorts for me!
The pattern features pleats on the front and slanted side pockets. The waist is elasticated at the sides and back, but fixed at the front – a really groovy feature and one that I’ve been looking for for a while now.
I made this up as a straight size 8 without any alterations. I know the pattern’s changed slightly to have a little more depth in the rise, so it might fit a little differently next time I make it.
It really was a super easy sew requiring a basic level sewing skill. We all need those patterns in our lives, don’t we? No matter how many things we’ve sewn.
And more importantly I’ve basically been wearing them ever since. They’re really comfortable and a solid contender for my favourite pair of shorts.
I also secretly think this pattern is some kind of weather charm. Literally, the day I finished these summer decided to come to the UK. Magic.
Pattern: Ogden cami c/o True Bias
Fabric: Robert Kaufman rayon from John Lewis
Hacks: flat pattern sway back adjustment
The Ogden cami is a really sweet little cami with a soft V-shaped neckline at the front and back (s-u-p-e-r flattering FYI). It flares out slightly so it’s got a satisfying account of swish to it.
The fabric really helps ramp up the swishy-ness. It’s a Robert Kaufman rayon that I picked up in the Job Lewis sale knowing that I wanted to make a cami out of it (and that I need more colour and pattern in my life).
I made a size 6 based on my bust measurements, but really I should have graded between a 0 for my shoulders and a 4 for the bust. My shoulders and boobs are way out of proportion! But I’m not very confident with grading so I chickened out at the last moment.
In the end I took in about 1″ from the sides as well. I know Kellie’s added more coverage and ease around the side boob/underarm area, so I think the fit will be different next time I make this.
And even though I chickened out of grading I did do a flat pattern sway back adjustment. Insert sound of trumpets here. And throw in a little victory dance.
I get sick of tops pooling around my lower back and wanted to fix it. A little quality time with the internet told me the problem (sway back) and the solution (some flat pattern hacking). I followed this brilliant tutorial and presto – no pooling. More magic!
I had also wanted to cross the straps at the back, but ran out of fabric. Next time, definitely.
I found Kellie’s instructions really easy to follow (as always, right?). I also think her method for inserting the straps is quite clever. You attach one end to the front and loop the other back under through the facing on the wrong side and insert through the back. Sounds tricky, but it worked a treat.
And look, I know quick sews shouldn’t be the end game (slow sewing is immensely satisfying), but these two patterns are beautifully quick to sew up. Which helps when you want to get your hands on some wearable duds pronto, right?
I’m really tempted to throw my current sewing list out the window and just make Ogden camis (one with a ruffle hem, and one with cross straps, and a striped jersey version – if you’re asking). I’m also cooking up an idea to cross the Emerson waist with Kellie’s Hudsons to make a more tapered trouser.
Ah, if only there were more time in the world to sew, right?
Have you got any summer sewing plans? Or cracking patterns you think are worth a spin?
p.s. I’m experimenting with a new way of laying out posts (photos up front, text underneath). What do you think, yay or nay? (also well done for reading this far – drinks on me next time!)