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SWAP: Summer 2020

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:

The plan!

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.

The fabrics!

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…

The unplanned project (really hard to capture the mauve colour)

Completed: Spring Plan 2020

In my wardrobe planning FB group, we are to plan our sewing for each of the four season. So, from January up until now I have been sewing on my spring wardrobe. Part of the rules also stipulate that you need to present the outcome by the end of each period. That time is now!

Drawing is not of mine competences

From January to March I’ve been sewing to fill my spring wardrobe. Usually I don’t make a mini wardrobe in my plans, but rather work to fill identified gaps. In parallel we are also working through the wardrobe architect series, having a virtual get-together every two weeks to discuss the topic at hand. It’s interesting, but also nice to virtually meet the other members, especially in these days when other social interaction is sparse.

I had planned to sew a variety of clothes. From lounge-wear, to a party skirt; from work-wear to a sentimental skirt. I also hope to include a refashion project in every plan. In the end I sewed 6 of my 7 planned garments.

Completed Plan

The year started out strong with the rectangle skirt, which is now my go-to lounge at home. In fact it’s also my work from home skirt as it is really comfortable but still dressed. The dropped sleeved shirt (not blogged) is also comfortable and I love the sheer voile, but it’s not 100% me. I wear it and will keep it, but I won’t be making anything else in this style. Plus, I don’t really care for the dropped shoulder sleeve on me; I have two blouses with them now, that’s enough for me.

I did sew the trousers, but ended up a dud. Not even good enough for lounge-wear. I couldn’t get the angled seams good, I misjudged the width of the elastic for the waist so they keep riding down and in a moment of “let’s just get these done” I cut some holes in the fabric in a botched attempt to level out the hem. Too bad, since I liked this pattern and I need trousers but maybe I should stick to something a little less technically complicated at this point. While I changed the pattern for the curtain skirt, I did use my grandmother’s fabric to make a skirt. My wrap cardigan also got a makeover and is now a front open cardigan instead. I decided to push the Brumby skirt into the future; I still need that type of skirt but I didn’t feel inspired to make it with many events being cancelled.

Bonus garments! (Aka. other stuff I sewed)

Finally I made the grey Briar as on overlay top. It’s good that I planned it as an overlay as the neckline was quite wide as drafted and is prone to fall off the shoulders. In addition I made yet another Briar, in denim jersey (seen with the denim skirt above in a work from home pic, yes my sewing room is now my home office), a striped denim top, which I think will be great for summer, and a wrap top in rayon jersey, with just enough details to keep it interesting. Both the two last pieces are from Burda 02/2020.


My spring sewing, which became a bit too focused on the warmer parts of spring, but still pieces that I wear and like to wear. If we forget those trousers ever happened…