Last-Minute Summer Sewing Plans

I still have a couple of unblogged makes (though you may have seen them on Instagram) - just need to get outside and take some decent pictures of them. In the meantime, I can't keep up with all the planned makes in my head so decided to post a few of them here.

First up, is a True Bias Southport Dress. I love this as an easy beach cover-up or an around-town dress. My plan is to make it in this soft, striped linen from King Textiles:

I first bought some of this fabric about a year ago to make a bunch of infinity scarves for a work charity drive. It has such a soft feel and has a bit more drape than lot of linens out there. I loved how the scarves turned out and they ended up selling out, which was a) awesome for charity and b) slightly less awesome for me because I didn't get to keep one! ;) Anyway I loved Kelli's stripey version of View A, and decided I wanted to do something similar, so I recently went back to the same store to see if they still had that fabric from a year ago and they did - yay! The stripes are blue-grey, and something about their colour reminds me of a lightwash denim...I think this fabric will be a perfect fit for this dress! 

Next up, I'm in serious need of some leggings! From lounge-around-the-house leggings, to wear-with-bulky-sweater leggings, to workout leggings - I need 'em all! I've been wanting to buy some stretch faux leather as well as some fun printed supplex for the gym, but all of the places I found online are either in the US or UK and shipping and duties are going to be too crazy (oh funki fabrics, how I covet everything on your site!) So, local it is, at least for now. I found this iridescent spandex blend at Designer Fabrics and thought it'd be great for my first pair of leggings. Then maybe I'll splurge on some crazy printed spandex once I've honed by legging-making skills.

I have the Hey June Sloan Leggings PDF pattern printed, just need to tape it up. I chose this one because I liked the contrast colour variation (not seen in the drawing above) and also because of the wide waistband and media pocket...very handy! I also have the Manila leggings from Seamwork - will probably try those next because of that cute petal cuff detail on the ankle. I've also heard good things about Papercut Patterns' Ooh-la leggings and Megan Nielsen's Virginia Leggings. Does someone who doesn't wear leggings all that often -- because, they're not pants, people -- need four different legging sewing patterns? No. Will she probably end up buying all four anyway? Yep, most likely. 

Moving on...I hope I can fit in one more warm-weather project before summer's over, and I think that it'll have to be yet another Seamwork Mesa Dress. (My first one's here and the second one is in progress and soon-to-be posted!) This dress is so quick to make, which I love when the sewing time is limited. 

It's not a great pic of the fabric, but it's a black and white textured knit from Designer Fabrics (the stripes aren't that big - the pic is zoomed in so you can see the texture). Can you tell I am obsessed with stripes? I have a few more in my stash, not to mention a ton of RTW tops in nautical navy and white stripes...when I see them in a store, I can't help but buy them! Anyway, I think this will be a great wardrobe staple that will hopefully transition into fall. 

I have a ton of other things I'm planning to make, but that list grows by the day, so I'd better stop talking about it and get going on these... til next time!