Sewing a Summer Pattern in the Depths of Winter

I'm one of those people who actually enjoys the winter months (in part because I'm a skier), but lately I've been thinking ahead to warm, sun-filled days, and of summer sewing patterns for women.

The dog days of summer are coming!

I've been daydreaming of summer lately as we're working on our Summer 2014 issue of Stitch. It's going to be a great issue, and I'm so inspired by all the designers whose sewing patterns will be gracing our pages.

Right now, summer feels so far in the future, but I know it will creep up on me. If I want to finish a garment project in time to wear it for summer, now is the time to start, logic says. 

I'd like to pull the trigger on finally making an easy knit dress, which would be perfect for summer barbecues, outings with friends, or just staying cool on warm days. 

Oh, how I'm looking forward to summer and the fun activities it brings. I love camping trips, days at the beach, and spending time just relaxing outside. I was looking through old summer photos recently, and just have to share this photo of my dog's first trip to the beach! Rudy was two months old at the time, in August 2011. She loved the beach and sticking her wet nose in the sand. 

If you're looking ahead to summer and need a warm-weather look to wear, check out the Summer Weekend Dress pattern in the Sew Daily Shop.  

Are you the type of person who sews a season or two ahead? Or do you whip up a new garment, inspired by the change of season and weather? Or maybe you live in a climate where the seasons don't change all that much? I can't wait to hear. 


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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

3 thoughts on “Sewing a Summer Pattern in the Depths of Winter

  1. Hi Abby! I usually sew for the season that I’m in…every year I say I’m going to get a head start, but it doesn’t happen – LOL! I do love to sew for the summer, and I have some great projects in mind for this year already – hopefully, I can get to them in time to wear them “in season”!!!


  2. I seldom have time to sew once summer hits since I’m an avid gardener plus canning and freezing all of my produce so if I want summer clothes I need to sew them now. I love the photo of Rudy. What kind of dog is she?

  3. Hi Abby, well I’m here in Adelaide, South Australia, wishing I had thought more about making soft floaty clothing last winter – we are expecting a maximum temperature today of 46 degrees Celsius, which is 114.8 degrees Fahrenheit!! Luckily I live two blocks from the beach 🙂