With summer approaching it is inevitable that we will all want to update our wardrobes. Whilst sewing is amazing and all of the fun, it can be quite expensive. I’ve been keeping a list of all the free patterns out there and have chosen five of my favourite summer friendly patterns.
So this one technically isn’t a pattern but the instructions are so good it might as well be. Kimonos are an absolute must for the summer months for me. There are lots of kimono patterns around for you to choose from; the Sew Over It kimono is a gorgeous one, as is the Helen’s Closet Suki Kimono but this is my personal favourite and not just because it’s free! It’s super quick and simple to make and can be made with just 1m of fabric. I made my version with this striped crepe from Simply Fabrics Brixton and it was the perfect poolside cover up.
If you are in the market for a circle skirt and want a pattern to make it from then this is the one for you. The big pockets are perfect for holding ALL OF THE IMPORTANT THINGS! Or try it without the pockets and in black leather for a sultry yet sophisticated evening skirt. If you love a circle skirt I’d also recommend trying out the By Hand London circle skirt app. Just pop in your measurements and length and you’re good to go!
If you want something a little different to a circle skirt I’d definitely try out this wrap skirt from lili + June. It requires a lot of paper (48 pages to print the pattern!) but it is lovely. I’m picturing in leopard print with a white t-shirt or with a woolly jumper in winter.
Now here’s a sewing queen who knows exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to patterns. The sweetheart neckline, the button down front, the pleated skirt and OH MY THOSE POCKETS. Be still my beating heart!
This summer aside, English summers do tend to be a bit drab so this tee is perfect for looking like you are dressing for summer whilst being confident you aren’t going to get goose pimples every time you leave the house. And if you made it in a breathable jersey it would be great for warmer days too.
So there you have it: my top picks of the free summer patterns out there. I’m really looking forward to making these at some point. Not all of them will happen this year but hopefully I’ll at least manage to make one before summer is over. If you think there are some other free sewing patterns I should try then hit me up in the comments!