HotPatterns Essential Shift Dress
First up, I'd like to sew both the women's and girl's version of the HotPatterns Essential Shift Dress. I have a lightweight, drapey denim in my stash that I'm looking at using for this, and I'll do contrast top-stitching.
The women's version of this has been out for a while (and is very well-reviewed):
|HotPatterns Essential Shift Dress|
|HP Mini-Me Essential Shift Dress|
Wrap Dress (pattern undecided)
I'll be sewing along with the Curvy Sewing Collective's Wrapalong/Wrap Dress Sewalong, which kicks off in a few weeks. I'm still undecided about my pattern, but have two faux-wrap dress patterns on hand and one on the way from Australia.
Here are the three that I'm looking at:
New Look 6301
This dress is pretty much your standard faux/fixed wrap dress, but it has several sleeve and skirt options. I like how fuller or A-line skirts look on me better than pencil skirts, so I'd probably go with one of the fuller skirt views and either the short or long sleeves. I'll need to FBA the bodice for this and grade the skirt up a size, most likely.
|New Look 6301 line drawings|
StyleArc Slip-on Suzie
A well-reviewed faux wrap dress that should go together in a snap. I bought a large-scale print specifically for this dress, and both fabric and pattern are sitting in my stash:
|StyleArc Slip-on Suzie|
I've had my eye on this pattern for a while, but I finally pulled the trigger because I liked the freebie Molly knit top for the month. I like the neckline and side detail on this one.
|StyleArc Trixi Dress|
I hate myself for loving this, and I haven't bought the pattern (yet), but against every ounce of better judgment in my body, I love the new Holly Jumpsuit from By Hand London.
Now, a little background, I've been loving all of the rompers that I've seen around Seattle all summer long. I wanted to make one but couldn't find a pattern that offered enough upper body coverage for me to feel comfortable. I know that the fashion police would probably say that I'm a little old for this look, but I think that with the shorts lengthened and in a more sophisticated print, it could be a fun and age appropriate look. In any case, the shorts version of this pattern is exactly what I was looking for, but it's getting too late in the season to sew a romper for this year.
|By Hand London Holly Romper|
There's a full-length jumpsuit view with flowing trousers, and I'm thinking that for fall, I'd combine the romper top with the full-length trousers. There was a princess-seamed top view to the full-length jumpsuit that the pattern testers got that I really liked, but for reasons having to do with another pattern release, didn't make it into the final pattern. I'm not a fan of the bodice view that made it in since it looks to be completely un-bra-strap friendly.
|By Hand London Holly Jumpsuit|
HotPatterns Refined Peasant Blouse
I still haven't sewn this release from HotPatterns from last spring, but I still really, really want a few of these in my wardrobe. It's pretty and it would go with a lot of things. I've got probably about a half dozen fabrics in my stash that would work well for this blouse.
|HotPatterns Refined Peasant Blouse|