Can you believe that we are already nearly half the way through 2021? With lots of people getting vaccinations, the world is slowly returning to some semblance of normalcy. That means, getting dressed in ‘real’ clothing is slowly becoming a thing again, and not a minute too soon because summer is about to hit!
Dresses are like one-stop-shops- and for a busy mom like me, they’re perfect to help me feel put together with minimal effort! Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the versatility of separates, but I’m a dress girl at heart, so let me share a few of my fave’s for summer!
1. Cannes from Little Lizard King
First up on my Summer Hit List, is ‘Cannes’ by Little Lizard King. Cannes can be sewn up with a simple skirt or with several tiers and includes optional flutter sleeves. The dress includes bust darts for shaping, but is designed to be loose-fit from the waist. There are no closures to contend with, but you do have the option of including the faux front placket, if that’s your thing. The dress is unlined, and instead uses bias binding to finish the raw armscye and neckline edges.
Invest just a few hours, and you could be heading out the door for ice cream in your new digs! As a bonus, Cannes also comes in kiddie sizes too… so you can twin with your mini me. I’ve made both the adult and kid sizes and they were both hits!
2. Wilder Gown from Friday Pattern Co.
Next up, lets chat about the Wilder Gown by Friday Pattern Company. I’m sure everybody and their momma done made or at least, heard of this pattern. It hit the sewing community in a big way, just search the hashtag on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean! The Wilder Gown is also an unlined dress and features raglan sleeves (which are inserted flat) and a neckline casing. There are no darts to fuss about, and no closures other than the neckties! The most time-consuming part is probably doing all the gathers, but once you’ve got that out of the way you’ll be sure to fly through this make. This dress can be made in several different types of fabric, but I chose to go with something light and floaty for mine, and I love it. Summer, here I come!
1. The Jessica from Mimi G Style
Last up on the summer hit list? It’s The Jessica Dress by Mimi G! I could not do a summer fave’s without this pattern. It is a little bit more challenging than the first two, but I know you’ll forgive me once you give it a go. I have made this pattern at least FIVE times (including some hacks), because it’s just that good! Jessica features princess seams, a midi length gathered skirt, patch pockets and is finished with buttons and buttonholes. If you have a fear of buttonholes, you can always finish your dress with snap fasteners, or hack it to add a shirred back panel instead.
So get yourself a glass of spritzer, move your sewing machine to the patio and soak up some sun whilst whizzing up these fabulous dresses to get you through the summer.
See you soon!