My summer plan for 2020 is bittersweet. Like anyone, anywhere, the Corona virus has an impact on my life. It’s not a major infringement, but plans that have previously been made are cancelled and that is sad for me. As I am a person I can keep many thoughts in my head at once so I do understand why these things are cancelled and cannot be done and be sad for me, I can also look at the big picture, the scale of the global pandemic; the lives lost, the economic setbacks, the consequences of isolation, and realise that my sacrifice is quite small. I stay home to flatten the curve, in solidarity with those who need to fight in the frontline.
Thing is, I had so many fun plans for this year; I was going to go see Green Day and Trevor Noah. For the summer we had rented a house in Italy and I had planned to do an interrail trip with the kids through Germany to get there, learning about history and culture. While none of this is officially cancelled yet, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of it will happen. Before the corona virus made its way across the world I had bought some fabrics and had ideas for a travel wardrobe, that would take me through a city vacation and a beach vacation. But, you know what? There will be a summer no matter what! Plus, the time when I sew with a series rolling on the tablet is a great escape from the constant corona feed that is perpetually ongoing. So, I will sew those clothes anyway. Because I need the outlet, because I need the hope that this too shall pass. Here’s what I plan to sew:
Yes, my drawings suck. Let’s move on from that. And see below for fabrics.
I figured I need some neutral tops, so I planned to make some in a linen knit. However, I am now a bit concerned that the linen is too thin and will be too see-through. The other top is the Lane Raglan from Hey June Handmade, which I won in an Instagram giveaway and I hope will make it here during the current circumstances; for this top I have a striped viscose knit.
The skirt, which I already finished, is a lovely floaty number with plenty of details such as pin tucks, pleats and gathers; the fabric is a poly/viscose twill.
As for the amazing white/blue/yellow viscose knit (I seriously love that fabric!) it will be a dress for the beach, a coverup if you will. I haven’t decided on the pattern, I have a tank dress pattern, but I’m thinking if I should have something to cover the shoulders.
The purple tree cotton (organic!) will be a “Sew Many dresses” dress, I’m thinking the basic bodice, U-neckline and pleated skirt, maybe sleeves.
I thought a bum bag, in purple with gold details, would be perfect on our travels this summer, and maybe it can make itself useful in other adventures.
Lastly, my refashion of the plan. I sewed this dress for a wedding 3 years ago and struggled to get the fit somewhat OK. I still tug at it whenever I wear it, so in the refashion bin it went. There is a piece left so I might be able to make a new bodice, maybe I could even keep the back bodice?, or I could make it into a skirt. We’ll see where the creativity will take me.
And, while I have already made that skirt, after I put the plan on paper I got another idea. So, currently I’m sewing off the plan, a jacket (Simplicity 8610) in a mauve gause. I’ll be back on track soon enough…