Summer wardrobe plans

I have become bored with my wardrobe so I decided to go around the shops to try and plan what style I want for summer. I had a completely open mind and asked the sales assistants for their help, there were good and not so positive experiences, some things I would never have dreamt of wearing actually suited me. I was introduced to a change of style and a different palette of colours, I may not be brave enough to take on board all the advice immediately but I will make little changes gradually.

So my plans are for little cotton tops and shirts, full floral skirts and cropped trousers in cotton spandex, linen viscose mix and cotton lawn, as these fabrics will give structure and drape. I can pleat the top of the skirt, a gathered skirt really isn’t me, the spandex will provide comfort in the trousers and all the fabrics will breathe. This Linen viscose is on the list as a little-fitted top, it comes in a blue colourway as well.pink lin vis

The cropped trousers are going to be in a navy twill with stretch, not an exciting photograph

Then this lovely silk crepe arrived and I thought that needs to be a long flowing skirt

BE0030

I was also fascinated with the construction of some of the clothes, it has been a long time since I actually went out on a shopping trip!!

One of the little touches that I thought was a really good idea was placing a piece of grosgrain at the back of the zip when it is inserted, this gives a really lovely finish and if you have cut the zip to the length you require, it stops that little raw edge of the zip irritating your skin, great for trousers, dresses and skirts with a side or back invisible zip.

If anyone would like me to put a little tutorial together for this then let me know.

Finished zip
To go with these skirts I want casual tops so I turned to Kim Hargreaves latest knitting book Calm. If you haven’t seen it and you like knitting I urge you to have a look, there are so many patterns in this book and the yarns are amazing. Quite often when you buy a pattern book there is one pattern you really like others are ok, I can assure you that in this book you will want to knit every pattern

Summer Kim Hargreaves

I personally like cotton jumpers and cardigans in the summer, I have chosen a pale blue Rowan Handknit DK Cotton, it goes perfectly with this Kaldor polyester print.

Skirt jumper
Finally, I just have to share this wonderful fabric that arrived this morning, I saw it several months ago at a trade show and just had to buy it. It is an embroidered tulle absolutely exquisite, off to play putting different colours behind it to see what happens… no plans for this yet but a small piece has made its way into my fabric stash, until next time.

organza 1

Happy sewing and knitting

Sandra x

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