Tuesday, July 7, 2020

July Sewing Plans!

Photo by Héctor J. Rivas on Unsplash
It's July already! Staying home all the time really makes the days meld into one another. At least the weather is telling me it's July -- hot and sticky -- looking forward to some relief. At least my sewing nook in the basement is nice and cool and it's where I'm spending a lot of time.

Here are my plans for July, and I'd better get them sewn up as I will be going back to work at the beginning of August! Thank goodness for that.

The first project I want to tackle is this pair of shorts (Butterick 3777, a 1986 pattern) for my husband. I'll be making the longer short from this bottom weight cotton poly I found at the thrift store about the same time as I found this pattern, at least a year ago. They are elastic waist, mock fly and cut on pockets so not too difficult but some things I've never made before -- ie: a fly -- plus fitting for a totally different shape! I'm looking forward to the challenge.

And the #CaftansandCocktails2020 Instagram challenge has inspired me to look at some of the kaftan-ish patterns I own. There is this nicely shaped Sew News kaftan, all done via measurement, and I have a pretty rayon to try it out with. Nice and light for summer.

After making my grey Cielo top last month, I've been wanting to make the dress version. I have a black silk noil from a fancy garage sale a couple of years ago, and it's just the right amount for a basic black Cielo dress. I think I'll get a ton of wear out of this. 

And what is a month without an 80s pattern for myself? I love this Butterick 4734 shirtdress from 1987. And I have a thrifted sheet in an 80s inspired print that I am going to make into View E, the white one in the centre. While it's styled with a purchased belt, I am also planning to make a matching belt for it. 

And one of my goals for the rest of the summer is to make my way through my mending piles and my stack of UFOs. I've got a start on them, but found this pattern in my UFO pile, so have moved it to the sewing table instead. I think it will be good for these steamy summer days, in this gingham floral rayon.

I'm also hoping to get to some little mending jobs, and to finish making up a few more masks for me to use as I return to work. Hopefully that will all be reasonable in the time I have! 

How about you? Are you sewing more or less these days? Do you have big plans or are you sewing as you feel like it? I hope you enjoy your summer either way. 


  1. I have made the Butterick 6677 dress twice and love it! Can't wait to see your finished dress in that beautiful gingham floral fabric print. Happy Sewing!

  2. I love the 80s shirtdress. I think I had that pattern back in the day, though I don't remember it ever actually becoming a dress. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!


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