It's Sew Americana time again, hosted by Katy at Wild + Wanderful! Last year I sewed up matching outfits for my boys - they still wear them! - but this year Katy from Sly Fox Fabrics offered fabric from their Sew Americana collection, and I couldn't pass up the chance to pick out a fabric for myself!
I recently picked up the Tabor V Neck (Sew House Seven) and sewed myself the curved hem version with an overlapped neck binding. I think the overlap gives it a slightly more casual feel than a mitered neckband, as well as the cuffed sleeves. I lengthened it by a few inches; long tops are a personal preference. Sly Fox has a beautiful triblend jersey, and I'm in love with this "Tabasco". Red is my favorite, favorite color (perfect for this time of year!!) and I have a weird recent love for orange/rust tones - this color is the best of both worlds.
The shorts are the Tess Tulip Shorts by Bella Sunshine Designs. I just have to point out something here. I have not worn a pair of shorts in YEARS. Not even when I lived in Phoenix. I don't know what happened, but when I started thinking of what to sew, I suddenly had to make myself a pair of shorts! And - I love them. I'm still working on "the perfect fit", but these are darn good, and I have actually worn them - on purpose - in public twice now! So yay me! And yay Melissa from BSD, because you accomplished the impossible and now I won't be spending another whole summer in jeans. Thank you!
I'm really loving having such great summer clothes in my wardrobe. The fact that I make them myself is such a bonus! What's your favorite thing to sew for summer? I am not stopping at one pair of shorts! I got this star print stretch twill from Denver Fabrics, and I've made SO much with the 4 yards I started with. I'm only sorry it was a clearance fabric and I may not be able to find it again!
There's so much Americana inspiration celebrating our red, white, and blue with handmade beauties - links below! Don't miss a stop on the tour!
Tuesday, June 26: Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project 5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads
Wednesday, June 27: Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster