Happy Friday and loooooong weekend, y’all! Since a Memorial Day is upon us, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some Summer sewing DIY’s. I personally have a thousand ideas running through my brain right now. I accidentally bought fabric for four sewing projects the other day. I know, how can you accidentally buy something? Well, I went to a huge Joann’s out of town and their selection sent me into kid in a candy shop mode. It’s OK, I’ll share them all with y’all later.
Since some of us are varying degrees of skill level, or maybe just confidence, when it comes to sewing, I organized these projects by difficulty. By no means am I telling a new seamstress she can’t knock out all of these projects, but the certainty of success on the first try is higher on the simpler projects. I find that when you are learning a new skill it is nice to have some success to keep you motivated, so that’s why I try to stick to my skill level. Except when it comes to Lego’s, my brother and I always reached for the stars and bought the 12-14 when we were 7-9. Killin’ it.
I also tried to approximate how long each of the projects should take. The times have all been suggested without necessary tea and cookie breaks taken into account, however, so make sure you make time for those as well. Oh, and spend some time at the pool, y’all, it’s officially the Summer season! Do you have any Memorial Day plans? Let me know what DIY’s you are working on!
Floral Pencil Skirt
Time: 1 hour
This stretch pencil skirt is a staple in my closet that I wear from Spring through Fall. I love it in a floral print, but you could obviously use this same tutorial with any stretch fabric to make a skirt. Pair it with a white crop top, a pair of gladiators, and a straw hat for a weekend lunch with the girls.
Seersucker Off the Shoulder Dress
Time: 3 hours
Though it looks complicated, making this ruffled off the shoulder dress is really quite simple, but does take a bit more time and patience. What’s best about this project is its versatility. You can wear it as a great cover up for the beach or for shopping on a Saturday afternoon. I love wearing mine on the fourth of July, seersucker is so patriotic in my mind!
Chartreuse Pleated Skirt
Time: 3-4 hours
I labeled this as medium-hard mostly because there is a zipper installation required, but the actual construction of the skirt is straight forward once you iron down the pleats. I love the bright color of this skirt paired sweetly with a white tank or a chambray shirt. It can also be transitioned to a night out with a black top and heels.