Summer of Basics Sewing Plans

summer of basics
Have you heard about the Summer of Basics makealong? I first read about it on the Grainline Studio blog and thought it was a great idea – for the months of June, July, and August, sew three garments that you define as a “basic” to fill any gaps in your wardrobe. After participating for most of Me Made May last month on Instagram, and looking at my closet as we head into summer (it’s 95 here today, yikes!), there were three things that jumped out at me:

Sleeveless Shirts – not a sleeveless shirt to be seen anywhere in my closet!  They’re a nice option for hothothot summer days at work when I want to be cool but still office-appropriate.  I love the Alder shirtdress I made earlier this spring and want to alter the pattern to make the dress into a top using flamingo-printed cotton lawn from Cotton + Steel.

Tanks – going along with the sleeveless shirts I’m lacking, I also have very few tank tops…no idea why or how that happened.  I may be one of the few sewists that has yet to sew an Ogden Cami, so I’m stash-busting and using some metallic linen to try this pattern out.  It looks so simple and easy, there may be a few more of these added to my closet this year (PS: have you seen Suzanne’s embroidered version?  I’m in love, I need to try some embroidery on me-made garments!).

Skirts – again, another surprising category I’m lacking in, I used to wear skirts all the time and now I only have a handful left across all seasons.  In general, I tend to ignore sewing for my “bottom half” and should start trying to add in more skirts and…eeeek…pants to round out a true me-made closet.  Pants are just too time-consuming for me to tackle right now, and since it’s hot out, I want to make a Kelly Skirt with denim I found in my stash and forgot I even had, hah!  I love a good denim skirt and it’s been years since I had one in my closet.

So yes, filling gaps in my closet and stash-busting with each of these projects – that’s a win-win sewing plan in my book!


Are you participating in the makealong this summer?



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