Summer Basics

After cleaning out my closet I realized my wardrobe is definitely in need of some new basics. I started by making some white denim shorts and a gray tee shirt. You can never have too many neutrals, right?

The shorts were made with Grainline's Maritime pattern, and I made the same alterations as I did to my first pair (took out an inch at center back and shortened inseam to 3 inches). This is one of my favorite tried-and-true patterns. The fabric is a 100% cotton denim from Jo-Ann.

For the pocket lining I used some lightweight striped shirting fabric (the rest of it is waiting to be turned into an Archer). For some reason the waistband gave me a lot of trouble this time, but on my third attempt I finally got it to behave. Because I was using a thicker fabric I just serged the leg hems and turned them up once instead of doing two bulky folds.

I made the t-shirt using the bodice of the Lady Skater dress pattern. I altered it by drawing a straight line down from the armpit point and lengthening the piece. Somehow it still ended up being too short so I sewed a band around the bottom to add a few more inches. The fit is okay, but it's kind of a strange mix between tight and boxy. If I use this pattern for a t-shirt again I'll have to play with it some more.

The fabric is a hachi knit from Girl Charlee. It's nice and lightweight, and I think the subtle stripes give it some interest.

I plan on sewing many, many more things this summer, but this is a good start! It'll definitely help with my Me-Made-May pledge.

Do you have any summer sewing plans?

<3 Lindsay

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