June Pattern Picks

Ah it's that time again. That time where my bank balance starts looking at me, terrified of what might be about to happen. Yes, I've been searching for the perfect patterns for your 'Sail Away' fabrics.

The Mini and Classic boxes each had a length of gorgeous anchor print chambray. Chambray is a gorgeous fabric, it looks a lot like denim but is much more lightweight and has some drape to it, making it a great summer fabric.

Chambray is great for making shirts such as the Rosa from Tilly and the Buttons which can be made in a top or dress length and features princess seams and a gorgeous pointed back yoke that can be highlighted with top-stitching thread. For a similar pattern but with a bit more variation in sizes and the added benefit of multiple cup sizes to choose from there is the Harrison shirt from Cashmerette.

For a quick and easy project with only one area to fit try the Zinnia skirt by Colette. Fitted at the waist in then flares down to the knees but includes some extra little details like pockets and belt loops. For a similarly easy to fit dress try one of the latest patterns from Sew Over It, the Lulu Dress. This dress features a gathered neckline with pretty keyhole detailing and two-piece raglan sleeves.

The chambray fabric would look so sweet made into the Grace Corset Top by Named Clothing. This top features some fab details like the sweetheart neckline, flat-felled seams and wide shoulder ties. Another cropped style top is the Nadine top from Republique du Chiffon although this is a much looser shirt style which is tied at the waist.

You don't just have to use the main fabric to make clothes, the chambray would look great made into a bag such as the Milly reversible bag from Pattydoo.

Onto that lightweight sweater knit from the Luxury boxes now which would look fantastic worn on the beach as the Anneli dress from the newest collection at Named Clothing. This dress features a double front skirt giving it an interesting wrap effect. Another offering from Named Clothing is the Blair Batwing Shirt, a loose fitting, casual style with dropped shoulders and batwing sleeves.

To really up the nautical trend of the fabric you could try the Bowline Sweater from Papercut Patterns which features a unique pleated front and raglan sleeves. If you're looking for a loose and floaty cardigan that gives a nod to the ruffle trend try the Aurelia Cardigan by Sew Liberated which mixes knit and woven fabrics.

The Wanderlust Tee from Fancy Tiger Crafts is a wardrobe essential for day-to-day wear. Finally, the Staple Dress by April Rhodes is incredibly versatile as it can be made in woven and knit fabrics and includes loads of options to customise for a different dress every time.

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