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Easy, Breezy Summer Sewing

May 20, 2011
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When I think of summer sewing projects, I think quick and easy. I want to wear things that are light and uncomplicated. Short leggings, cute tunics and summer dresses are at the top of the list. McCall’s latest summer pattern collection has just that vibe.

A cute convertible dress, pattern number 6353, is a great answer for a summer project. It’s easy to sew, and with its 6 different ways to wear, it is perfect for countless summer events. Make it in a two-way knit fabric, either in a solid or with a small non-directional print.

Another fashionable option is a Women’s sized dress, pattern number 6363. The flattering draped waistline detail is drawn to the side and topped with a feminine bow. Choose either knee or ankle length, and either sleeveless or short sleeve. Or, make simple pattern alterations to make the sleeves and hem any length you want.

Leggings are one of the hottest garments of the season. Pattern number 6360, offered in Misses and Women’s sizes, has 6 different styles. Choose your length, from above the knee to mid calf, and your decorative feature including ruching or a zipper at the lower side hem or a fabric panel along the side for a figure-slimming color block.

The leggings theme continues in pattern number 6364. This tunic, tank, and leggings combo is a dedicated Women’s size pattern. Sizes range from 18W to 32W. Look hip and summery in this flattering trendy pattern.

Finish off your easy summer wardrobe with an ensemble from Palmer & Pletsch, pattern number 6355. This uncomplicated grouping includes a semi-fitted top and tank and a sheath dress with multiple sleeve length options. The fabric selection is as versatile as the garment choices; choose from a variety of lightweight wovens or knits.

McCall’s has many more fun and easy to sew projects in their new summer collection.
My summer sewing projects are quick and fun. Are yours?

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  1. nobodysgrandma May 31st

    I am to be mother of the groom in August. I know I can never be satisfied with a "garment-rack" dress, but so far no pattern collection has come near what I want. There is always too much bare, crepey skin showing of cleavage, back or shoulders. I am 66. However, I still have pretty shapely legs and won't want a dowdy, mid-calf or floor length for a 2 pm ceremony. I've been sewing for 50 of my 66 years and know my way around quality and won't pay dearly for it. I wear a size 12 or 14. Any suggestions?

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