Yay! It’s summer sew-along day!
The first SSA started with me deciding a mix-match vacation wardrobe would be a fun project, and I encouraged people to sew it along with me, with the goal at the end being a bunch of pieces that worked well together. It was SUPER popular, and the following two years I did the same type of thing (mix-match) but you HAD to post a pic to get the next pattern for free. A lot of people liked that, because it’s fun to share your accomplishments and it keeps you on track to complete all the pieces, but some people who weren’t as comfortable with technology found it difficult.
This year for the first time it won’t be a mix-match, but thanks to your votes it will be a series of sundresses and sandals (alternating weeks) for the whole month of June, and focus on Paola Reina’s Las Amigas. The first dress pattern and sandals will be up permanently free on the blog, the other two dresses will be available in PR size free for a short time only and then available on etsy in all sizes.
Who will these fit?
They’re designed for Paola Reina’s “Las Amigas”. It’s a company I like because the dolls are made in Europe, and if you watch their video on youtube, it shows their factory roof is covered in solar panels. Makes me feel less guilty buying things that are a little more environmentally friendly rather than made in China! If you live in the US, you can sometimes find them for a reasonable price on ebay or amazon. Another not-too-expensive option, (around $40) and readily available in the US is Corolle Cheries. Some other options include Bleuette (will need length modifications) and Little Darlings.
Does this pic look familiar?
Yes, I actually made the dress last year and featured it under the hoodie, which was the final project of last year’s SSA. Both the hoodie and the leggings from last year, and maybe even the long-sleeve T can pair nicely with sundresses, so if you have those patterns handy, think about how you could combine them to make a multi-season ensemble. If you didn’t participate last year, all the patterns are available here
One of the things that makes the summer sew-along so much fun is that the patterns are simple. Depending how much time/sewing experience you have, your dress can be as easy or as elaborately decorated as you’d like. It’s a lot of fun to share what you’ve done, as well as get inspiration from others, and you can do that on the Flickr group!