Inspiration: The Spring Showers Social Sew

My main goal is designing the Social Sew link-up was to make the theme narrow enough that someone unsure of what to make next could find some guidance, but broad enough that someone with sewing plans could find a way to make their pieces fit. Today's post addresses the former category! If you're a bit stumped on what to make for this month's theme--Spring Showers!!--let me suggest...

A Trench Coat. Whether in a classic tan cotton twill with brown buttons, or a streamlined, minimalist take in of-the-moment blush roze quartz, what could be better for a drizzly spring day?

Patterns: The Isla trench is calf-length but could be cropped shorter for a really traditional look, while the Robson is a bit more modern with a slightly flared skirt. There's also several Burda options--I'm making this one!

A Feminine Dress. I don't know about you, but I have about 700 bridal showers (see, showers), engagement parties, and weddings coming up in the next few months. A girls-only bridal or baby shower is the perfect occasion for that dress that's just a bit too much--let's see that gorgeous lace or floral fabric you've been stashing, or that vintage pattern with the super full skirt.

Patterns: whatever your heart desires--I suggest 50s or 60s vintage, but an Emery, a Cambie, or one of Gertie's Butterick patterns would work!

A Transitional Layering Piece. Here in North Carolina, it's getting warmer, but the weather is so unpredictable from day to day. We get some 80 degree days and some that are 50 and drizzly, and I've just been living in my endless supply of ancient J Crew Jackie cardigans. Maybe you prefer a blazer, though, or a kimono?

Patterns: I just picked up a few patterns with cardigan-type jackets at the last Joann's sale (namely, Simplicity 8093 and McCalls 6844), but anything that will layer well over spring tops and dresses.

I mentioned above I'll be making Burda 118, a minimalist trench. I generally don't sew with Burda patterns--especially not for something as complex as a coat--so wish me luck! What are you going to make? I can't wait to see!


ps: i have been really loving all the blush pink everywhere recently--thanks, pantone! maybe i've been reading too much gal meets glam (love her) but can you go wrong with pink and neutrals? no.

allie J.

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  1. This is such an awesome idea and I love your inspiration!
    I finally bought matching bias tape today, for the wool cardigan I had planned since last year, so maybe this is the perfect opportunity to make it :) I hope I'll find the time.
    Good luck with your coat! I'm sure it'll look amazing.

  2. Wiebke did you buy wool knit bias tape? If so where did you find it? I would love to make a boiled wool cardigan with bias tape edges. Thanks!



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