Spring Sewing Plans – Sew News Staff

Spring is a short and mysterious season in Colorado: light snow one day, followed by clear skies and 70-degree temps. Here’s what we’re sewing for the season at Sew News HQ. As you’ll see, we each have a different approach to planning! How do you plan your seasonal makes? Share your notes and thoughts in the comments. And let us know what’s on your spring sewing plans!

For my spring sewing plans, I’m focused on sewing my stash so the fabrics are driving…but I do think it’s a cohesive little collection – lots of black and white, light blues/denim and tan (guess I’m team neutral!). Most of what I’ll sew will work through summer – or at least I hope it will! I’ve got lots of basics planned using tried and true patterns, plus a few new silhouettes in the mix and new (to me) designers.

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Light denim Lander pants  – the wide-leg 70s-inspired jeans of my dreams (bonus points: these are done!).
Linen Roscoe Blouse – a different silhouette for me as this blouse is heavily boho inspired! I’m planning to shorten the sleeves for maximum spring and summer wear.
Black Ponte Axel Skirt & Denim Selene Skirt – again, introducing a new silhouette for spring! I don’t currently own a pencil skirt but I am excited to add these two structured skirts to my spring and summer line-up.
Canvas culottes hack – I’ve fallen in love with canvas, friends. Cotton canvas, in particular, is really breathable and comfy – if this hack works, I plan to wear these into summer!
Silk Noil Matcha Dress hack – After last MeMadeMay, I realized I was lacking in dresses, so this is one of two I have planned this spring and summer. Pretty sure I’ll want to sew up everything in silk noil after this dress!
Bags – Backpacks, totes and shoulder bags! I need more memade options in lighter, brighter colors. And after using a backpack all winter, I’m sold.


I’m convinced I need the Emerson Crop Pant in my life, so I’ll be making some out of a dark wash chambray, and then for summer, I’m making the shorts out of a rayon challis.
I also am going to give these leggings a try, in this print fabric that’s perfect for spring.
I’m on the lookout for a lightweight cardigan pattern, and plan to use this fabric. I’m torn between this long version and this one with short sleeves.


My spring sewing plans are full of variety and I cannot wait! 

First on my list is True Bias’ Nikko Dress. This stunning sleeveless dress features high side-slits and low turtleneck. The pattern has options for sleeves and a tank top version. I will be making this dress with a dusty pink stretch velvet. I plan on wearing this dress to winery bachelorette party with tan suede booties, dress it down on the weekends with a wide brim hat and a chambray button-down, and dress it up for special occasions with my hair in a top knot and high-heeled mules.
Second on my list is Burda Style’s Paper Bag Waisted Pants (06/2015). I love a lightweight wide-leg pant. They are so versatile. Easy to dress up or wear casually. I will be making the pants with a black and white printed crepe fabric. The wild pattern is played down by the simplicity of the black and white, making it easy for me to accessorize and pair with multiple different styled tops, but the tops must be able to be tucked in. I also plan to make a solid black lightweight sash instead of using a bulky belt.
Last, but not least on my list is Megan Nielsen’s Axel Skirt. This skirt is so simple to stitch up that I may make it multiple times in multiple stretch fabrics. I am making it with a textured cotton knit in a large-scale floral print. I can picture making a matching cropped tank (oh, maybe the Nikko!) to pair with this skirt in the same fabric. A matching set is too cute in florals and dresses up any day of the week. The skirt will also be great with any solid colored top, with heels or with flats.
Gahh, I can’t wait for Spring to be here, but not too fast because I have my new favorites to make!

My spring sewing plan is a combination of transitional items and garments for summer (I love summer and I can’t wait for it to get here!). I’m not really a sewing planner — I sew impulsively, rather than carefully planning out capsule wardrobes (I admire people who can do that, but it’s not my style). So, while I don’t have a solid plan for the next few months, I do have plenty of ideas.

Mostly, I want to use up some of my stash and finish up some projects-in-progress. I’m working on yet another Gallery Dress (made from a heavy-weight gauze that’s wearable in most mid-range weather when paired with a shawl or cardigan). I also have an already-cut-out Pony Dress from Chalk & Notch in a navy cotton poly blend from Threads International. The fabric is reclaimed cotton and polyester made from recycled plastic bottles, which makes me feel good about reducing some of the trash on the planet while making something cute. It’s a very summery pattern, though, so I might not be wearing it for a while.

I have a couple of shirting fabrics I got at a craft supply resale shop that I need to do something with. I also made a project with a really nice rayon lately and have been consequently eyeing a few more pretty prints. I need to identify patterns to use with these fabrics. I’m considering the Named Ninni Culottes and BurdaStyle Frill Dress #127 08/2015. I also made a True Bias Roscoe Blouse (look for it in the Aug/Sept issue of Sew News!) and I like it a lot — I might make another.

Finally, again in preparation for summer, I have about 1 1/3 yards of gauze in a fun print that’s going to become an Up In Arms top (I love that pattern so much!).


My spring plans are to make a pair/type of pant that I love and wear as much as jeans with out necessarily being jeans. I’ve completed a demo pair of the BurdaStyle pants seen in the November issue. I’ve made one pair in a tafetta, next is the red and black brocade. Not necessarily jean type pants, but whuuutevvea. I’m finishing up a short duster in a vintage pattern, plus I want to make the vintage Simplicity dress see below but, modified a bit. I have lots of silkies to play with. Summer dress and a cardigan or two are also on the list. Plus, the Vogue  9302Pants are almost done in a dark blue chambry.  Oh, and that Anna Dress is an absolute must for 2018. Better get going!

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