Tips for sewing a cross-seasonal wardrobe
It has sprung! Step into spring and that glimmer of hope that it brings has never been more needed than this year! As we spent most of last year at home, our wardrobes also adapted to reflect this slower pace of life. Elasticated waists, loungewear and slouchy clothes have been on everyone’s radars. There’s now a promise of warmer weather AND being able to get outside and actually do stuff (squeal!). Have you found yourself at a bit of a cross-roads with planning your next sewing projects? Here I give my tips for creating a transitional wardrobe that’ll see you through for months to come!
Anybody ready to dive straight into baring their legs? Me neither. While black opaques are my staple throughout winter, spring is the time to ease those legs out with cropped jeans and culottes. Trends this year call for wider leg shapes, so if you already have a trouser or jeans pattern that you like, it could just be a case of widening the leg shape. Patterns that have this shape straight from the pack include the Dawn Jeans from Megan Nielsen, the Jessa trousers from Tilly and the Buttons, True Bias Lander Pants, and the Wide-Leg Pants from In the folds for Peppermint. So just crop to your heart’s (or ankles’) desire!
They’re something of a ‘Marmite’ trouser option, but culottes are surprisingly wearable. The fitted waist and voluminous legs suit most body types. And they can be worn with trainers, sandals, heels and flats. On top of this, they can be styled with layers for cooler spring days or floaty camis when summer hits. I love the Bastion Culottes from Jennifer Lauren Handmade, the Winslow Culottes from Helen’s Closet. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn my culottes-hack of the Vogue V9075 jumpsuit.
Midi dresses are the ultimate transitional staple. Flattering, comfy, a bit dressy, and worn with or without tights, they tick all the boxes. Whether you prefer a structured finish or floaty, there’s a midi dress for everyone. In the tailored camp – we have patterns like the Lempi dress from Named, Irma from I Am Patterns, and Franca from Fibre Mood. For dresses with more of a floaty feel – there’s the ever-popular Indigo from Tilly and the Buttons, the Harmonie dress from Atelier Scammit, and the Sedavi Dress from Pauline Alice is stunning.
A good shirt will see you through the changing seasons beautifully. Layer it with a roll neck underneath on chillier days. And wear with shorts or skirts when summer finally hits. A shirt is well worth investing your time and fabric. There is a plethora of fantastic shirt patterns to suit all styles. If buttoned-up tailoring is your vibe – patterns such as Lennox from Homer and Howells and Frances from DG Patterns will fit the bill. However, you’re after a relaxed style, the open collars of Vera from Pauline Alice and the Libby shirt from Sew Over It create a more casual look.
That day you pack away the winter coats is truly glorious. And stepping out in a handmade jacket tops it off perfectly! Outerwear can seem somewhat daunting, but there are patterns to suit all abilities. The Artemis from I Am Patterns is a loose-fitting boxy jacket that require little more than sewing straight lines. The Stacker Jacket from Papercut Patterns and Ilford Jacket from Friday Pattern Company, will both see you though to the warmer weather. They’re also versatile enough to go with most of your outfits – win win!