We’re finally starting to see some warmer temperatures here in Toronto, and those hints of spring have us dreaming of a bright, new, spring-y pieces for our closets. Dresses, tunics, tops, and tanks: there are so many exciting new patterns this season, we cannot wait to get our shears out and start creating a brand new wardrobe.
For warm weather wardrobes, our favourite fabrics to use are cotton lawns and lightweight chambrays. And lest we forget: florals, florals, florals. Lightweight woven fabrics drape beautifully and their weight makes them great for layering under cardigans or jackets.
So in the spirit of spring and renewal, we wanted to give you a look at how our style has changed from what we were wearing in Spring ’16 to what we have planned for Spring ’17.
First up: our all-time favourite wrap dress and 2016 staple, featuring a pattern by Simplicity. We’ve made this dress in several prints, but we especially love the bright red floral of Liberty Fabrics’ Mitsi Valeria Tana Lawn Cotton. The dainty floral print is just darling on this swingy dress.
Next from 2016 we have this simple shell that was super easy to sew using the pattern Sorbetto by Colette and Liberty Fabrics‘ Kitty Grace Tana Lawn Cotton. We added these tiny bow neck closures to add a little detail to balance the simple cut and paisley design.
These two blouses from last year are great casual but darling pieces that we love for the weekend or casual workplaces. On the left is Jasmine by Colette Patterns paired with Liberty Fabrics’ delicate floral Elizabeth Tana Lawn Cotton. The dainty flowers really compliments this blouse’s tie collar detail. To the left is a custom designed tunic featuring Liberty Fabric’s Isle of Wight Tana Lawn Cotton. It’s an adorable vacation inspired retro print that is fitting of the carefree cut of this loose fitting tunic.
Now for what we’re really excited about. This season’s new projects! The Cambie by Sewaholic dress on the left is just fabulous and we know it would go smashingly with Heather Ross’ Sleeping Porch Cotton Lawn in Moth’s Twilight or Liberty Art Fabrics’ Archive Lilac Tana Lawn Cotton, it’s just a matter of choosing. Which would you pick?
On the right we have a new PJ set planned using Sewaholic’s Tofino pant pattern and fabric from Carolyn Friedlander’s Friedlander Collection. For the top we may return to Colette’s Sorbetto. It’s such a versatile pattern!
On the left we’re looking at making Reglisse by Deer and Doe using a soft print such as Liberty Fabrics’ Tana Lawn Mabelle, Tea Leaves, and Space Rain. Another tough one! Looks like we might have three of these in our future. We plan on finishing them with Mokuba 1150SK ribbon and Mokuba 4655 Elastic for the elastic waistband.
On the right is the classically shaped Datura by Deer and Doe, and we plan on opting for the cutout neckline because it’s so unique. We’re pairing it with Clover Rayon Challis in Meadow Night by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton + Steel. This fabric as a seriously beautiful softness and drape, and we think it would make for such a luxurious feeling top. We’ll use Mokuba 8000K in finishing to ensure the top is as beautiful on the inside as it is out.
We can’t forget the men in our lives when planning future projects, and we’ve picked out this classic button down pattern Negroni from the Walden series by Colette. It’s a great pattern to let a quality chambray like the Chambray Stellar Collection by Andover Fabrics really shine. And for us, an equally classic cut top, Colette Patterns’ Aster featuring the lovely floral Tana Lawn Dynasty by Liberty Fabrics.
And because spring isn’t all flowers and sunshine, we’ve planned a couple stylish basics in dark neutrals that are work appropriate and can easily dressed up or down depending on the accessories and occasion. The beautiful Pulmu High Waisted Pencil Skirt by Named Clothing has great lines and untraditional seaming that give an otherwise classic pencil skirt its sophisticated flare. We’re pairing it with Brussels Washer in Black by Robert Kaufman to make a staple piece we’ll wear long past the Spring ’17 season.
On the right, we’re going for an easy to wear grey chambray dress by pairing Chambray Dobbies Denim by Robert Kaufman with Grainline Studio’s Farrow. It’s a versatile A-line cut dress we know we’ll get a ton of use out of. And the best part.. it has pockets!
What new wardrobe pieces do you have planned for the upcoming season? Tag us here, on Instagram, or pop in the shop and show us! We love to see your inspired work and share it with our followers.
Happy sewing, and till next time,