Hello my dears! As is usual with the Springtime, things have become a bit haywire at the Boyer household. There is a lot going on in our lives that I won’t go into right now, but I had a few hours in the past few days to sit down and accomplish a task I have been meaning to do for a few weeks now: Plan out my Summer wardrobe! You all usually seem to enjoy seeing what I am up to in the sewing world, so I thought I would share my inspiration and sketches with you.
Rather than being inspired by a certain color or era this year, I let my imagination wander to specific images that captured the feeling of what I want my Summer wardrobe to be. What my mind landed on is represented in the three left-hand images which can be found on my Beautiful Things Pinterest board: hazy twilights, raw colors and simple joys.
Last year I discovered how much I enjoyed working with Linen, so I decided to really delve into experimenting with this new-to-me material this Summer and make a great portion of my Summer wardrobe out of it. With any “new” material I try and look for inspiration in garments that are made out of the same fabric so that I can get an idea of how it will drape, and what silhouettes will function well when made out of said material. So it was quite serendipitous when I discovered Son de Flor earlier this year. Though the silhouettes of their dresses (one of which is featured in the collage above) wouldn’t quite suit my style, I adore the romantic, simple look that they have about them. And, they are made out of linen, so I have been able to get at least a grasp on how the material drapes when made up into a dress (granted, not all linens are the same…).
The last image in the collage above is a pattern I hope to copy: McCall 7772. I am going to make View C, hopefully, the version without sleeves. But that will probably end up being an “if-I-have-time-before-the-Summer-ends” project.
Ah… the sketches that come to glare at me at the end of the season when I haven’t even been successful in sewing up half of them. 😀
I suppose that was a bit pessimistic of me, but it seems like when I write down, or sketch out, my plans, I never finish them. I prefer to keep them up in my head, where there is no record for anyone else to see that I never completed what I hoped to. Oh, the shame of being a dreamer with too many ideas…
Anyhow, let me tell you about the garments sketched above. On the farthest left, I have some underthings: a petticoat and camisole made of linen. I have come to the conclusion in the past few months that if you are going to wear skirts, you must have at least some sort of petticoat. Some people may call what I have drawn a slip, but I think of the term petticoat as applying to an underskirt with more body than just a normal slip.
To the right of the underthings is a sketch of an outfit made from what will hopefully be the next Brijee Pattern, a blouse and my ever-admired pleated skirt (you can see the versions that I have made thus far here and here). The blouse will be made of linen, and the skirt of some twill-like material I picked up at Ikea last year.
The outfit to the furthest right on the first page is another version of the blouse in the previous outfit, paired with some culotte-length Linden Ladies (yes! Pattern hack!). The blouse will be linen, as will the trousers, and believe you me, I am very curious to see how those will turn out, and if linen will even be a good fabric choice for the Linden Lady.
The last two outfits sketched on the right are a shirtwaist dress made of linen, and another version of the pleated skirt topped off by McCall 7772 made up in a brown lightweight linen. Didn’t I tell you I would be using a lot of linen this year? That may or may not end up in disaster. 🙂
So, you all are probably wondering where I am getting the linen for my wardrobe from. A friend told me about fabrics-store.com, which carries a whole range of different weights of linen, last Summer. I was quite curious to see what they had to offer, so I decided to order a few samples. I like the look of what I have seen thus far, and I am excited to see how my plans for a linen wardrobe turn out. With that excitement comes a nervous feeling as well, since even the best-laid plans can go far awry.
Have you ever sewn with linen?
Do you like sketching out all of your ideas for upcoming sewing projects?
What plans do you have for your Summer wardrobe?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer