My Ideal Summer Outfit

I adore sewing with knits. I really do. My serger has opened up a whole new world for me, one that is soft, colorful, and so very comfy. Yesterday, I fired up Sergio and dipped into my stash to make this outfit:

It’s made from a yard of white interlock I got half price at Joann’s a long time ago, some blue jersey I found at Walmart earlier this year, and a bit of that fantastic garage-sale fabric. I figured it all up on my way to the grocery store this morning, and all told the whole thing cost about $5. I went with white for the shirt because I’ve needed a new white tee for quite a while — you know, the kind you can throw on with just about any skirt or pair of pants? Every time I buy one, it gets stained a few days later. Which, then, makes me wonder how long this one will last. Oh well. It really only took about an hour from start to finish, so I can just make another. I love its shape; it really has some nice coverage in the front . . .

. . . and a bit of drama in the back. I drew up the pattern yesterday based on another shirt I have, and I know I must have gotten it right because my new shirt behaves exactly as my old shirt does, which is to say, it slides off my shoulders and shows my bra straps. I guess that’s the price I’ll pay for pretty. 🙂

The skirt is from the Yoga Skirt Tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew. It’s unbelievably comfortable and a really simple project. I’ll definitely be making more in a bunch of different colors.

So there it is. My ideal summer outfit (save for the bra straps thing) in breathable, stretchable, movable knit. If you haven’t tried sewing with knits, there are some great tips on sewing with them here, here, and here. My favorite place to buy knits, other than garage sales of course, is Chez Ami. Their fabrics are adorable and their prices (check out the clearance section!) are better than the big stores.

And now, it’s time to wear my new clothes while I clean my house and wrangle my little ones. Ah, the glamorous life of the stay-at-home-mom. Have a great Thursday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

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13 Responses to “My Ideal Summer Outfit”


  1. 1 Sandi June 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Cute outfit! I’d never guess that the shirt wasn’t commercially made. If you’d like to keep it from slipping off your shoulders, add a bit of ribbon to the seam and sew in a little plastic snap. Slip the ribbon under the bra strap and snap it on the other side. I suggest a snap instead of velcro because, while it’s easier, it can be scratchy.

  2. 2 Heather D June 24, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Love your blog! I believe in buying local and making things yourself as well.

  3. 3 Aicha June 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Hi, I came from Make it and Wear it!
    I’ve never sewn a knit before but your result is quite tempting!

  4. 4 Leslie June 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    this is so pretty. you did such a great job. i love the low dip in the back…and it just looks so comfortable.

  5. 5 Larri @ Seams Inspired June 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Sew Sweet! I just saw a tutorial for adding some strips to hold your straps in place. I’ll have to dig around the web and find it again. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! 🙂

  6. 6 Vicki June 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Nice job! Knits are not always easy, but you’ve got it mastered:)

  7. 7 Miri June 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Terrific outfit…looks so comfy and cool! Love the back scoop neck on the shirt!

  8. 8 Michelle June 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Wonderful outfit! So satisfying to make your own clothes, isn’t it?

  9. 9 Jan June 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Loving the back of your t-shirt! Nothing like t-shirts and flirty skirts for summer. I am wearing those things now! Great job!

  10. 10 Carla June 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Love the new outfit. It looks so comfy and perfect for summer. Knits are intimidating for me. I do have a serger but no courage yet.

  11. 11 Dayna June 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Great finish! I love that top, especially. The skirt does look so comfortable. And wrangling little children while tidying the family’s haven is absolutely the best job!

  12. 12 Kristen June 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    It looks like super comfy outfit! Love, love, love the shirt!

  13. 13 Sarah C. June 27, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Sandi beat me to that tip about the little snapped loops, but it works great! Beautiful outfit!


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