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  • DIY Wardrobe Must Haves: Old favourites and spring 2017's newest looks

    Liberty dress

    Simplicity pattern sewn with Liberty Fabrics' Mitsi Valeria Tana Lawn Cotton

    We're finally starting to see some warmer temperatures here in Toronto, and those hints of spring have us dreaming of a bright, new, spring-y pieces for our closets. Dresses, tunics, tops, and tanks: there are so many exciting new patterns this season, we cannot wait to get our shears out and start creating a brand new wardrobe.

    For warm weather wardrobes, our favourite fabrics to use are cotton lawns and lightweight chambrays. And lest we forget: florals, florals, florals. Lightweight woven fabrics drape beautifully and their weight makes them great for layering under cardigans or jackets.

    So in the spirit of spring and renewal, we wanted to give you a look at how our style has changed from what we were wearing in Spring '16 to what we have planned for Spring '17.

    First up: our all-time favourite wrap dress and 2016 staple, featuring a pattern by Simplicity. We've made this dress in several prints, but we especially love the bright red floral of Liberty Fabrics' Mitsi Valeria Tana Lawn Cotton. The dainty floral print is just darling on this swingy dress.

    Next from 2016 we have this simple shell that was super easy to sew using the pattern Sorbetto by Colette and Liberty Fabrics' Kitty Grace Tana Lawn Cotton. We added these tiny bow neck closures to add a little detail to balance the simple cut and paisley design.

    Liberty top

    The next blouse is a great casual but darling piece that we love for the weekend or casual workplaces. It uses  Jasmine by Colette Patterns paired with Liberty Fabrics' delicate floral Elizabeth Tana Lawn Cotton.  We like how the dainty flowers compliment the blouse's tie collar detail.

    sewing pattern


    Now for what we're really excited about. This season's new projects! The Cambie by Sewaholic dress is just fabulous and we know it would go smashingly with Heather Ross' Sleeping Porch Cotton Lawn in Moth's Twilight or Liberty Art Fabrics' Archive Lilac Tana Lawn Cotton, it's just a matter of choosing. Which would you pick?

    sewing pattern

    We are also looking at making Reglisse by Deer and Doe using a soft print such as Liberty Fabrics' Tana Lawn MabelleTea Leaves, and Space Rain. Another tough one! Looks like we might have three of these in our future. We plan on finishing them with Mokuba 1150SK ribbon and Mokuba 4655 Elastic for the elastic waistband.

    men's sewing pattern

    We can't forget the men in our lives when planning future projects, and we've picked out this classic button down pattern Negroni from the Walden series by Colette. It's a great pattern to let a quality chambray like the Chambray Stellar Collection by Andover Fabrics really shine.


    sewing pattern

    And because spring isn't all flowers and sunshine, we've planned a couple stylish basics in dark neutrals that are work appropriate and can easily dressed up or down depending on the accessories and occasion. The beautiful Pulmu High Waisted Pencil Skirt by Named Clothing has great lines and untraditional seaming that give an otherwise classic pencil skirt its sophisticated flare. We're pairing it with Brussels Washer in Black by Robert Kaufman to make a staple piece we'll wear long past the Spring '17 season.

    What new wardrobe pieces do you have planned for the upcoming season? Tag us here, on Instagram, or pop in the shop and show us! We love to see your inspired work and share it with our followers.

    Happy sewing, and till next time.

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