It seems that my incentive for summer sewing faded at the same time the heat wave broke. It doesn't make much sense to try and cram in sewing new summer projects when, realistically, I will only be able to wear them for another month or two. I emphasized new because I do have a few summer items that are cut and partially sewn that I will finish before packing away the light cottons and summer fashion patterns.
I have an adorable aqua cotton eyelet skirt that only awaits a lining and a hook and eye. I used Simplicity 4196 (c. 2006) and placed the eyelet edging along the hem. I've already sewn up a pink border print version (hmmm, just like the pattern envelope photo - imagine that!) and it was very simple skirt to sew together. I also have two summer tops cut out of this pattern and it would be nice to have those for the summer season. Although that style could easily be worn into the fall under a jacket.
Next in line is another skirt, this time from vogue 7643 (c. 2002). I have this one cut out from an embroidered linen. The linen is a natural color with small pink floral embroidery and I choose pink and natural color trims to coordinate with it. I'd really like to complete this one as it has gone through two entire summers just waiting it's turn to be sewn. Good grief - it might develop an an inferiority complex if I let it go one more year.
Next up is Simplicity 4699 (c. 2004) which is a great wardrobe pattern. There was quite a lot of positive reviews for the t-shirt in this pattern which is the main reason I had purchased the pattern. Now, two years later, I am finally getting around to actually sewing items from the pattern. The reviews were true, the t-shirt is great! I've made two with one more cut and ready to go (do you see a pattern here?). A white knit with black sparkly polka dots. It takes no more than an hour to complete this shirt so why, oh why do I not have this done? I also have the long jacket waiting to be finished - all it needs is the hem to be sewn. I made it from a fun cotton/lycra tropical two-tone blue print and I really must finish it so I can wear it before the summer is over.
Last, but not least, I have a partially sewn Sewing Workshop Elle pant and shirt in the pile. The pant, from a light pink linen, just needs the elastic waist sewn in and to be hemmed. It's only been in that state since last year. I know that these pants fit as I've made a few pairs from linen before. Why, oh why am I such a procrastinator when it comes to completing my sewing projects???
The shirt, out of a bright multi colored silk print, is more than halfway completed. I need to finish the collar, set in the sleeves, sew buttonholes (yuk) and buttons and hem it.
Perhaps I'll just tuck them all away yet again and start ahead of time on my fall and winter sewing. Maybe I'll plan ahead and start right now! (Yea, right). This afternoon I even purchased some red wool melton/nylon blend coating from Fabric Mart Fabrics. My plan is to begin sewing the coat I wrote about earlier - Vogue 8307 - that was seen in the movie The Devil Wears Prada.
So, what will it be - summer or fall? Stayed tuned as I haven't decided yet.