It’s the first day of spring, and it’s time for some (as always) over ambitious sewing plans for the new season. I’m big into the concept of a capsule wardrobe. I don’t want to start from scratch and sew a whole new wardrobe, but instead I want to create a few new pieces that I hope to wear time and time again. I wanted to share my patterns and fabric for my up and coming projects. And this time, if you’re short of time or if you’re not a sewer yourself, I have included some ready to wear alternatives to put a spring in your step.
A trench coat is a spring staple, but I want to make a twist on this classic with this colourful fabric. I’ve been dreaming up this yellow trench coat since last autumn when I finished my first coat, which is featured on my make nine and it’s still not made. I’ve been put off by all the pieces, but I have cleared a week in my diary to give it my undivided attention. I’m using the Named Clothing Isla Trench Coat Pattern and have this glorious Mustard Robert Kaufman Twill from Sew Me Sunshine, that I bought with some vouchers I got for my birthday in October. I have my eyes on some polka dot lining and bold black buttons. It was hard to find a mustard trench on the high street, that’s the beauty of making your own, but the Whitstable Trench in navy or beige is a good alternative especially with the burst of colour provided by the lining.
Paper Bag Stripe Trousers
The McCalls 7661 pattern came with the Love Sewing Magazine. When it landed on my door step, the pattern encouraged me to experiment with paper bag waist trousers for the first time. I was always a bit adverse to creating any extra bulk with the layers of fabric around my waist and hip area, so I’ll be making a toile to test the silhouette on my figure. If all goes to plan, I want to keep it classic with this navy and white stripe Gutermann fabric. I spotted this blue and white pair of linen and cotton blend trousers on the high street that create a relaxed, tailored look.
Finally, I want to add, yes another, breton top to my wardrobe. This time I want to make it in a sunshine yellow colour to bring a bit of joy, even if I have to pair it with jeans, a jacket and umbrella (let’s be honest, it does always rain in Manchester). I was given the Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top from a friend of Rob’s whose sewing career was sadly short lived, so it will be my first time using this pattern. I bought some yellow and white cotton jersey from Sew Me Sunshine. The yellow is a bit on the lemon end of the scale and I prefer more mustard tones, but I searched fabric shops online looking for the perfect yellow and white mustard breton jersey and it was nowhere to be found. It was hard to find a ready to wear duplicate, instead I found this colourful breton long sleeved jersey top that would be a great colourful addition to any spring wardrobe.
Now that’s enough to keep me occupied over the coming months. First up, I’m making the trench coat so keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for a full detailed review of the pattern and construction. I hope you’re enjoying the first signs of spring and I’d love to know what’s on your spring sewing table.
Claire & Co.