Hi There Makers!
How’s your May going so far? With the “first day of summer” only a few weeks away (June 21st), I don’t know about you but with this season quickly approaching, I have several upcoming occasions where I’ll need a summery outfit - a brunch-themed baby shower, a daytime wedding on the beach, and a garden/boho themed bridal shower! Since all of these events will be taking place outside, I’ll definitely need to sew something light in fabric, as well as comfortable but still somewhat dressy. Here’s some ideas I’ve gathered from our previous lookbooks for making the perfect outfit for a “summer soiree,” in case you are in need of any ideas/patterns as well! Enjoy and let it be your inspiration.
1. The Anywhere Skirt
Fabric Collection: Blush by Dana Willard
First up is this darling, versatile garment, “The Anywhere Skirt” that’s featured in the “Blush” lookbook. This skirt has the perfect length and silhouette for an outdoor occasion, and what’s so fun about it is the fact that you can pair it with a matching top to create the “illusion” of a dress! Feel free to pair this skirt with neutral-colored wedges to complete the relaxed, summery look! For the pattern, click here!
2. The Sudley Dress
Fabric Collection: Printemps Fusion by AGF
Reversible, loose and gathered at the waist, "The Sudley Dress” is so flattery on any body type with a key-hole detail and tie, as well as billowy sleeves. I absolutely adore the boho-feel and “easy-breezy” feel to this dress. You can pair this with sandals, wedges or even little ankle-booties if you’re not an “open-toe shoe” kind of gal! For this lovely pattern, head over here!
3. The Cap Sleeve Maxi Dress
Fabric Collection: Observer by April Rhodes
Shibori print and maxi-length? One of my favorite combinations for a summer dress! “The Cap Sleeve” dress is definitely an option I’m deeply considering to wear to the daytime, beach wedding I have coming up in July at the Florida Keys. With batwing sleeves (makes me think of the singer “Stevie Nicks”) and inset godet panels, this dress is just so effortless and chic. Since I’ll be a on the beach and walking around in the sand, I’ll probably end up barefoot with this dress on! For this darling boho-inspired pattern, find it here.
4. The Handkerchief-Style Maxi Dress
Fabric Collection: Lavish by Katarina Roccella
For those of you gals who enjoy a more bold, asymmetrical approach, “The Handkerchief Maxi Dress” is a great go-to for a festive, summer outing. This is a fabulous silhouette that combines a regular-fitted top and a loose skirt that constantly flows and emphasises your waistline, making it visually smaller which is always welcome! :) This lovely dress can also be accessorized with a macrame-style belt and wedges or espadrilles to add just a little more “summer style” to the look. The color “Navy” is wonderful for any party that’s in the later afternoon/early evenings, since it carries a more elevated look. For the pattern, head here.
5. The Pantsuit
Fabric Collection: Mediterraneo by Katarina Roccella
Lastly, for any of you ladies that may want to be a little more edgier or “less traditional,” why not show up to an event wearing a printed pantsuit?! From our most recent lookbook “Mediterraneo,” this pantsuit is a fun alternative to wearing a dress and the lemon print creates an even more “summer-inviting” feel to the garment! You can pair this with sandals or wedges, and also a golden/neutral-colored belt to elevate the look. For the pantsuit pattern, click here.
Do you have any exciting, upcoming events that you need to make an summery-inspired outfit for? I would love to hear your ideas for garments as well!