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7 Brilliant Dressmaking Ideas For Summer

Craft yourself a dazzling wardrobe, ready for some fun in the sun

7 Brilliant Dressmaking Ideas For Summer

1 Wrap dress

Wrap dresses give a delightful sense of sophistication, and are perfect for both vacation and casual days. Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8637 features a figure-flattering wrap dress with romantic ruffle options, available in sizes 6-24. There are four sleeve variations too!

2 Pleated skirt

Pleated skirts are perfect all year round, as they look floaty and lovely, but can still keep your legs warm on chillier days. When combined with a vibrant fabric, though, they’re a fantastic summery statement. Have a go with Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8555, which features a sweet pleated skirt with customisable lengths and designs, available in sizes 6-24.

3 Shirt dress

As they are typically cut without a seam at the waist, shirt dresses often have a looser fit that is flattering on most body types. They can also be customised with belts and sashes to define the waist. Why not try making McCall's Sewing Pattern M7742 – it’s available in sizes extra small to extra large, and has front and back yokes with gathers and sleeve variations.

4 Blouse

It can be tough to dress smartly when the temperature starts to rise. Blouses are perfectly airy, though, while still looking brilliantly sophisticated. Have a go at making New Look Sewing Pattern 6451, a blouse with customisable sleeves, sleeve bands, and flounce.

5 Slip dress

Light and billowy, a slip dress is both easy to wear and gorgeous. New Look Sewing Pattern 6510 features one that can be adjusted to three lengths and two different back styles. Make it with beautiful floral fabric, for a gorgeous finish that you’ll love showing off.

6 Loose-fitting top

You can’t go wrong with a loose-fitting pullover top – definitely a classic – and Butterick Sewing Pattern B6214 includes hem band variations, plus optional pockets and sleeves. Customisation galore!

7 Little girl’s frock

If you have a little one in your life, why not treat them to a pretty dress too? New Look Sewing Pattern 6879 features a precious toddler dress in four styles, with neckline, sleeve and hem variations. There’s even a cute little sun hat pattern. Try making it with a vibrant, cutesy fabric, for a precious little outfit that is perfect for the warmer weather.