Sunday, 13 August 2017

My summer wardrobe 2017

It's probably a coincidence that summer arrived and there has been a huge lack of activity on my blog, and on my Instagram profile.

This year, I've struggled to find the time to make anything in the midst of weddings, bank holidays, festivals and beach days this summer. Much like the constant change in weather and the traditional British 'summer', I've also had ups and downs in having the motivation and inspiration to sew.

There have, however, been some really exciting makes over the past few months, and my summer wardrobe has been a pivotal change in my usual style and the shapes and silhouettes I usually go for.

From the classic fit and flare dresses that I'm used to (the Orla dress) to the silky, strappy shift style of the New Look 6499, this is my summer wardrobe:


Gingham:

The gingham trend has swept the nation, and my Instagram feed this summer. I'm still not over looking like a picnic blanket if I'm honest. I made a (terrible) gingham skater dress a few years ago and wanted to up my game this year.

Enter the Seamwork Adelaide. I reviewed the Adelaide earlier this year and found it's simplistic 90's style a real comfort and favourite to wear. I found some fairly mid-weight stiff gingham in navy and white from eBay and the Adelaide was a perfect fit for it.


With the leftover fabric, I wanted to have a little experiment with ruffled sleeves - another style trend I can't get enough of. I watched a few tutorials on making your own ruffle sleeve and settled for a simple rectangular piece to attach onto a 3/4 length sleeve. The top itself was the bodice of a Simplicity fit and flare dress but I do wish I'd lengthened the body so it is less crop. I'm far too old to be wearing cropped tops nowadays!


Festivals:

This year I've been lucky enough to go to three festivals - The Great Escape, Love Supreme and Latitude festival. It was my first time to Latitude this year and I ummed and ahh'd about the weather and what to pack to stay warm and dry, without looking like I was on a hiking trip to Snowdon.


I opted for the French Navy Now Orla dress which was the subject of The Orla Affair competition on Instagram.

My Orla is made of a paisley viscose found in Fabric Land and was a dream to sew. Originally, the length of the bodice was far too long, so I shortened the bodice to create an empire line (which is more flattering for me) as well as taking some of the fullness out of the skirt.

I took the Orla out for a road test to the lavender fields and wore it to Latitude making it one of the staple dresses in my summer wardrobe this year.


I also fell in love with the New Look 6499 this summer, making this floral viscose version to wear on top of basic tees for that truly 90s vibe.


The shape of this dress might look a tad boring, with just bust darts to create a slight curve, but it's so comfortable and flattering, especially if you've gone to a festival, eaten too much street food and need to cover up your food baby.

The skinny straps are something I wouldn't usually wear and I'd never normally opt for a strapped dress, but with a basic t-shirt underneath this really is one of my favourite go-to dresses of the summer.


This summer has also seen the rise in large irregular stripes, and also off the shoulder sleeves. Enter my second New Look 6499.


I've only worn this for Pride so far but it's made from a really soft chiffon from Fabric Land, meaning it's probably only good for those truly hot summer days. The vibrant colours were perfect for the Pride parade but I do feel it's a bit daring for every day wear. The entire dress was another experiment in trying the trends, as well as switching up the normal floral skater dresses that take up my wardrobe, but all in all this dress is a winner.

Weddings:

I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for my best friend this summer, and I'm a guest to another wedding next week. I didn't make my bridesmaid dress, but I did make my very first wedding guest dress.

I chose the By Hand London Elisalex dress - the princess seams and large pleated skirt are fun and flattering. I'll review this properly once I have more photos.


Upcoming makes include a plain white blouse, a floral skater dress (because I can't stray away from my comfort zone too much) and a striped sweatshirt. I also promise I'll make the coat I planned a year ago!

Keep your eye on my Instagram feed for more of my makes and let me know what your summer wardrobe consists of this year.

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