Summer of Basics 2018

I've made three garments (and completed a 4th) since Summer of Basics started in June, but only one of them was on my Official List because I'm bad at focusing. Oops!

Here's a quick recap of what's been through my sewing machine over the past two months. Spoiler alert, they're all Grainline Studio patterns:

Hadley Top

This is my second go at this versatile top, just with different variations. I'm still obsessed with the front and back seam details, and I loved working with the View A back pleat. Both of my Hadleys are sleeveless because that's my go-to style: easy to layer up and helps me stay cool in the summertime (and also all year round because I'm always too warm). Another reason I love the Hadley? It's a-line shape and flowy drape means it's roomier than my favorite Willow Tank , skimming the body with more movement that's both cooling and flattering. Since I first cut into this rayon/linen blend back in, oh, I don't know, January?- finishing up the arm and neck facings in July doesn't really make this a summer sew, but I couldn't resist sharing.


Driftless Cardigan + Uniform Tunic

I've been wanting to make a lightweight cardigan in a non-basic color for awhile, as I have just one RTW cardigan in my closet in black. This bamboo rayon jersey from Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics is a nice earthy tone (fitting that the color is called Terra) that provides color without being ostentatious. 

I had my cardigan in mind when making my Uniform Tunic, which is why I opted out of the front apron pockets. I've been wanting to add a tunic to my handmade wardrobe because I love a longer length to pair with leggings. I think the v neckline on this is so subtle and sweet and keeps me from feeling too boxy. It looks like Stone Mountain is currently out of this color-way, but the Double Dash design is just as lovely in Pepper.


Archer Button Up

The real star of this summer for me is my long-awaited Archer. Both of my RTW button-ups are red flannels, and I was so excited about this blue/green plaid; it feels more laid back and somehow. (???!) I purchased this flannel from Domesticity about a year ago, and had meant to sew this up last fall. After all of that stalling, I was determined that nothing was going to stop me from making an Archer for this upcoming season. This was definitely a skill test for me, and I really wanted to prove to myself that I could master these elements. My finished version fits perfectly buttoned up on its own, yet feels roomy enough to layer over t-shirts and tank tops. It's so soft and comfy, I have a feeling I might be reaching for this every single day come October.

I can't recommend highly enough the Archer Button Up Sew-Along posts if you are new to a lot of these techniques as I was. I had never sewn a collar before, I can't say I for sure knew what a placket was, and I hadn't set in a sleeve in probably seven years. But I got through it all, and so can you! If I only check one official garment off my Summer of Basics list this year, I'll be glad it is this one. 

So what's next? I had planned on a Kalle (tunic length) in a rayon from my stash, but I just ordered some chambray cotton that might better fit the bill. Ambitiously, a Tamarack Jacket was third on the list, but I'm having serious doubts about finishing that one before the end of August. The Wiksten Kimono Jacket is a good back-up, with a pretty olive green silk noil on its way to me in the mail. Not to mention my knitting WIPs, the Maritime Shorts I cut out over a month ago, and the rest of my sewing patterns on the back burner; my handmade wardrobe has a lot of room to grow.