August Inspiration

It's time for your monthly dose of inspiration for all the beautiful fabrics and fat quarters that arrived in your August "Wanderlust" boxes.

I love seeing on Facebook and Instagram what plans people have for the fabric, but if you're stuck for ideas give some of these a try.

Hibiscus Stretch Cotton

Let's kick things off with the Osaka skirt from Seamwork. This amazing pattern gives you the option to use between 2 and 4 different fabrics in one garment as it is reversible! Definitely getting your moneys worth!

The Arielle by Tilly and the Buttons gives you the option of a pencil or a mini skirt with buttons down one side to give it a 60s vibe. The skirt can be lined or unlined depending on your ability and confidence.

Who doesn't like a free pattern? The Annie skirt from Sew This Pattern is a super simple A-line skirt with a back zip and faced waistband, a great starter pattern for new sewists!

I spotted The Camber Top from Merchant and Mills made up in the Hibiscus fabric on Instagram the other day and it looked fab!


For a sweet pair of shorts or on trend cropped wide leg trousers the popular Flint pants from Megan Nielsen gives you lots of options to play around with for different effects.

Alternatively, for a pair of slim fitting trousers The Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over It would be perfect and very comfortable in the stretch cotton.

If you haven't come across Butterick B6453 then you must have been living under a rock, this pattern has been so popular. Version A requires 4 meters of fabric but version B would look perfect in the stretch cotton.

The first in The Fold Line's Tribe Patterns was The Billie Collection which gives you the options of two dresses, a top or a skirt. The dresses in particular would be perfect for the Hibiscus cotton, as it's not too lightweight.

Ojos Flame Rayon

For that oh-so-floaty rayon from Art Gallery Fabrics that went into the Luxury boxes, you might like The Hunter Tank by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. This top is cut on the bias and ties at the natural waist making it very flattering. It'll also give you 2 meters left to play with!

The newest pattern from Colette is the Penny dress, a classic, feminine shirt dress it has a number of optional extra details to make it that little bit more interesting.

The Marigold Jumpsuit from Tilly and the Buttons also comes with the option of relaxed trousers as well as the easy to wear jumpsuit. This will definitely keep you cool and comfortable if you're travelling to hotter climates.

Depending on how you style this, The Asaka Kimono from Named Clothing could either be worn as a dressing gown to float around the house in or as a lightweight top or dress to wear over skinny jeans or tights and boots in the autumn.

For your fat quarters you could make this colourful travel neck pillow to take with you on long journeys. There have been many times where I wished I had one of these with me.

Love them or hate them, you can't deny that a bum bag/fanny pack/hip pouch is a handy way of keeping all your essentials close by without having the faff of a shoulder bag.

If you have kids and are staycationing this year, this sweet little bike basket will give them somewhere to keep all the stones and shells they collect during the holiday.

Finally, if you need somewhere small and handy to keep all your cards, try making this pleated card holder to pop into your handbag.

I'd love to know what you are planning to make, or what you have already made with your fabrics. Comment below and let me know your plans or post your photos to Facebook or to Instagram using the hashtag #sewhayleyjanemakes

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