Sewing Summer Dresses


Next week June arrives and we should finally start to see the welcome return of the warmer weather for more than one day at a time. And this means just one thing: sewing up some summer dresses! Whether you are a hard and fast dress wearer for the whole year (in which case, we salute you) or you only crack out the skirts and dresses for the summer, there is always room for more dress wearing potential from June onward.

Halter necks, a line skirts, skater style, maxi length, full skirted fifties numbers or simple sixties shift dresses, there are so many different styles of dress you can create for the summer – and all of them are great for spending days out shopping in town, heading down to the beach, mucking about with the kids or simply hanging out in your garden and enjoying the sun. Plus, all the different designs mean that you can always find a summer dress pattern that will suit your height, shape, desire to never have your knees seen in public or one which will cover up those wobbly bits at the top of your arms; there is always a pattern that is right for you.

So to that effect, here are a little selection of our vintage summer dress patterns that you could use for inspiration. And don’t forget that if you simply don’t have the time, the very lovely Melissa of Aye Aye can make up sun dresses for both little girls and grownup ones in any of our fabrics – just come into the shop for a chat and a browse of our selection, and we’ll help you order one.


Cute and swingy seventies style dresses are perfect for the spring/summer crossover when you still might want some coverage on your arms. Pair with some strappy sandals or wedges for a seriously retro look.


A classic shift dress can be made from not very much fabric at all, meaning you can save yourself quite a bit, or have loads of different coloured and patterned versions! Good for work as well as play, a shift dress is also a very quick make.


Go a bit more dressy and create something suitable for day to evening with this round neck or v neck prom dress, in seventies influenced prints. The extra wide waistband can be a point of interest with a contrast fabric or even lace or a crochet panel.


Maxi dresses are still very much the thing for summer 2015, and this halter neck version is a really lovely way of making it a bit different. Using some of our gorgeous new Gutermann prints, you won’t need quite so many metres of fabric as the bolts are super wide.


Go for simple polka dots or a dice print on this equally simple a line sleeveless dress. Cool for summer and great for the beach or to pack to take on holiday.

If you’re feeling inspired to make some seriously summery dresses, pop in and see what fabrics take your fancy and then take your pic and tag us on Facebook so we can see what you’ve made – we love being nosy!


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