• laura

my handmade summer wardrobe

hello! It feels like eternity since I've put anything on this blog, and although it's only been two months, that's far longer than I would have liked.

If you've been following me long enough, you'll remember that this past January I made a New Year's resolution to completely stop buying clothing and learn how to make my own. I'm done contributing to the slavery that is all too common in this industry, not to mention the vast negative environmental impact that it has on our only planet.

It's been an interesting, challenging, and absolutely fun time learning to make clothes. It is not for everyone, and there are many other ways to reduce your amount of waste and just be more thoughtful when it comes to clothing purchases.

Is it something you really need?

Is there a small or local business you could support instead of a big brand?

Is it possible to fix or reuse items of clothing instead of throwing them away?

I've made a small capsule wardrobe that I'll be slowly adding onto throughout the year - but I'd like to show you all the summer pieces I've made so far. I'll be including rough budgets and which patterns they are - in case you'd like to give any of these a try!

You don't need anything fancy to make the patterns I've done. I have the cheapest starter sewing machine I could find on Amazon (it's the Singer Start - and it's currently on sale in Canada). I have a pair of kitchen scissors and I use a pen to trace the patterns I print out at home. Sewing is definitely more accessible than I would have originally thought!

Without any further ado, here is what I've been working on in the last few months! None of this is sponsored; these are simply patterns I have used and enjoyed.


The first summery item I made had to be the Amelie dress from Untitled Thoughts. I was lucky enough to be chosen to test this pattern - it is still very new! This was definitely the most advanced pattern I've attempted so far, and there were a few things I could have done better. But overall, I think it turned out great and I would love to try the pattern again sometime soon now that I've figured some things out.

I spent about $80 on this fabric - but that was quite an expensive linen. I'm sure you could make this dress for $40-60 or even less if you could score some fabric from a thrift store! The pattern is $14 USD and is the most versatile and size inclusive pattern I've seen so far.

The Stellan Tee and Women's High Waisted Shorts

I've made a few versions of the Stellan Tee now, and I know it will be my go to shirt pattern for a long time. It's a quick easy pattern and makes a beautiful oversize tee. It is made by French Navy patterns.

These high waisted shorts by Natasha Hutchins have quickly become a favourite as well, and I'm very glad I have enough fabric to make a second pair.

This shirt was roughly $20 of linen. The shorts pattern is less than $9, and the shirt pattern is free!

I bought $60 worth of fabric between this short and shirt fabric, but I still have enough to make a second set! $15 each isn't bad at all. I think this is my favourite set.

Olive Romper

The last pattern I have to share today is the Olive Romper by Untitled Thoughts. I've made 2 so far, and they're such a great go-to for when you want to wear pajamas but it's not socially acceptable. I also love that they can fit in as something casual, but I wouldn't feel out of place somewhere a little fancier, either!

Brittani from Untitled Thoughts has also just updated this pattern - it now has pockets and a jumpsuit option (and I believe a few other updates)! I'll be purchasing this pattern again for sure; I can't wait to try making a jumpsuit.

One thing I will note about this pattern is that I slightly raised the front and back necklines - I have too much boob for that - but if you're a little smaller it's a stunning pattern as is.

I spent about $50 on the fabric for both. The pattern is $12 USD.

Thanks so much for letting me share my new hobby with you! I'll definitely be making a few other pieces throughout the summer so I'll share those with you as well.

I'm nowhere close to being an expert at sewing, but if you have any questions about how I got started I would be happy to help!

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