Pleated midi length skirt
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First up on the cutting table is this super simple yet desirably diverse pleated Zinnia skirt by Colette Patterns, which I have downloaded ready to go! I'm thinking of choosing the shorter version with a zip, in a navy blue cotton, to begin with, then of course I'll have to try out the button up version! (Is it wrong that I'm excited for button shopping? Choices choices!)
One of my main reasons for wanting to make a lightly pleated, knee length skirt was diversity when styling. You can really dress these guys up or down, stay cool and fresh in the summer with sandals and a strappy T but also layer up with a cute blouse/cardigan combo! Some of my outfit inspirations based on this skirt:
Pleats and stripes, what more can we want for? I love this combination of girly, swishy skirts coupled with the hard edges of a good stripe.
Going fuller in the skirt and folding a wider pleat allows for this slightly more dramatic silhouette, balanced out by a delicate yet defined waistband. And let's not forget the beautiful fabric choices here, propelling these skirts into chic occasion wear!
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For endless dreamy, retro inspiration head over immediately to the gloriously fashionable Instagram page of Amanda aka Modern 'June' Cleaver. This girl can wear the heck out of a full skirt but also kills a pencil skirt like no other!
I am thinking of making a pattern mash up of this cute and simple Poppy playsuit from issue 16 of Simply Sewing Magazine and the stylish form and more fitted silhouette from the Salme playsuit PDF found on their brill Etsy store. Ideal for the warmer summer weather, comfy enough for days spent in the garden or by the pool and dressy enough for sight seeing during a city break! This is where a lot of my ideas sprung from:
Keeping things casual and comfy, these loose fitting, light rompers could be made in all manner of light cottons or jersey, with or without pockets... endless variations!
The fine details and precise tailoring take the humble playsuit up a notch or two, refining it's soft edges and adding some sweet straps or sleeves.
One handy way to dress a playsuit up, taking it from day to evening wear, is to make it from a bold print or geometric pattern. I love love love the fabrics used in these outfits, showing just how creative you can get with your home made wardrobe!
A couple of weeks in the Spanish sunshine should give me an extra little boost to get stitching some new pieces for my summer wardrobe. What do you guys have planned to add a sprinkle of sunshine to your lives? Do you have anything special lined up to make or any ideas on how to update an other wise ordinary June?