Wardrobe, Re-Imagined’s Summer Essentials Sew-Along

June 1, 2011

Well you can’t get much better timing than that. No sooner than I decide to set myself a challenge (to sew for thirty minutes a day for thirty days), I stumble across the perfect sew-along to give my sewing that little bit of much needed focus.

I’m going to take part in┬áthe Second Annual Summer Essentials Sew-Along (henceforth known as SESA), hosted by Ali over at Wardrobe, Re-Imagined. If you haven’t come across her blog before I highly recommend checking it out – it’s a great read.

The goal of SESA is to…

“make five-ish things that you’d rather not live without this summer”

I’m going to cheat a little and include things for my daughter in that count. Well actually, it’s not really cheating as she’s my must-have accessory, so clothing her is styling me :-)

I’ve never really ‘planned’ sewing before, but here goes… my intended makes for the SESA. Disclaimer: I reserve the right to add to, amend or delete items from this list as the summer wears on!

categories as suggested by Ali

Clam Diggers & Co.: Here I am going to attempt the Hot Patterns Marrakesh Drawstring Pants – I am in dire need of some summery, casual trousers that are not jeans. For little E, I am going to make the shorts from Mccalls M6059 : they are just sooo cute and I’ve been dying to make them for ages.

The Sundress: I really want to tackle a Colette Patterns dress – probably the Parfait, but I may well change my mind. Anyone got a view as to which of the CP dresses are easiest? With only half an hour a day, I don’t want to overstretch myself! For little E, I want to make the Lil Blue Boo Paper Doll Dress pattern, which I have totally fallen in love with.

Tees, Tunics & Blouses: Before finding out about this challenge I’d already decided to try Colette Patterns’ new free download, the Sorbetto top. This is going to be my first item. For little E, I want to make this gorgeous kimono top. Oh, and this summer tunic for the beach.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ginger June 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Sounds like a fun lineup! I’m definitely doing the Sorbetto top, and I’ve been thinking about the Parfait dress, too! I’m a new sewer, so I’m not sure I’ve got the skill set for it, but it’s such an adorable dress that I’m really tempted to give it a go! You should try it! :)


mumsy June 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

Hi Ginger… I just had a look at your line-up for the sewalong and I love your choices! The Built by Wendy dress looks great. I don’t have much experience of sewing women’s clothes either (yet- determined to change that!), but I know that Colette Patterns have very clear instructions, so you should try it too- we can encourage each other along ! Good luck and I look forward to reading about your progress…


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