With the latest wave of Spring-fresh collections hitting the stores and seeing those alluring and creative shop fronts decorated ready to celebrate this happy new season (and hopefully the welcoming of some lovely weather) I've gathered together a wish list of all the bits and bobs I want to get stitching.
One of the great things about building up a handmade wardrobe, besides having full control over quality of fabric and the tailoring to your exact size, is that you can window shop all the latest looks and morph together a handful of ideas, creating your ideal item perfectly suited to your deepest desires that is still seasonally appropriate!
I'm really feeling all of the classic Spring/ Summer prints (florals, tropical) and would like to venture into using colour (eeep!) and try out some new silhouettes, so I've rounded up a board of inspirations to help narrow down my humongous list of ideas and have even sought out some super cool patterns to give a try!
The Humble Shirt
The main wardrobe essential I'd like to add just in time for Spring, is a light and breezy shirt. I'm not 100% sure of the fine details just yet as I'm playing around with several design ideas, but after having come across this e-book from Sew Over It and finding the Alex shirt pattern, I think that would be a great starting point! Frills and ruffles and sleeve features are seriously on the money this season, but I'm a sucker for stripes... Perhaps a trip to the fabric market will help sway my decision.
Full of Swish
I know, all of my sewing wish lists seem to feature a skirt, but I find them so darn adaptable, wearable and fun to make that I just can't help myself. Besides having enough swish to satisfy a 6 year old, I'd like to branch out and focus mainly on some fresh and fun fabrics. Colour can make all the difference so maybe I will reach for something playful and striking, with a bold pattern or repeat print. I love the contrast with these examples, the clashing colours and patterns are tamed slightly with either a slightly longer hem, a neat and precise pleat or with a casual basic blouse and sweet accessories. There's fun to be had!
Sleep Time Essentials
Now this is something I've never made before! I did however, receive the most adorable set of night time sleepwear from a dear (and extremely talented) friend of mine, and being hugely inspired by the lovely lady I'd love to have a go myself. Once again I'm influenced by the silly yet fun graphic prints around at the moment and love the look of a classic pair of piped-edged pjs- then again, why choose one look, even more of an excuse to lounge around if I end up with several sets!
A cute, little purse is just the ticket for clearing up my cluttered bags and for helping keep my hand baggage in top organised shape ready for a summer of holidaying, day trips and daily essentials in transit. I love the bold effect of this first, black and white purse and it seems a super handy size to create a nice and concise collection of essential beauty pieces. The middle example shows the endless options when you bring embroidery into the mix. This inter-galactic zipped pouch could be used for many a treasure and would be a fun little project to customise as a gift. The fresh and fruity third option just shows the difference a pop of colour can make. Spring is here and why not embrace it's brightening effect on our mood by reflecting this with shades of yellow and a fabulously sweet print!
So friends, I will be keeping myself busy and out of trouble with this lovely bundle of projects. Which one to choose first is always the biggest problem (or when to put the fabric down and back away, whilst out shopping at the market!), but I'm certainly pumped and ready to get some Spring freshness into my wardrobe. Do you have any favourite, brightening looks you're hoping to work into your daily uniform or any creative projects that encourage and inspire you this season?