April 11, 2016
We won’t pretend that we’re big fans of this time of year — the snow and rain and general greyness are no fun. But, there is a silver lining: More time to plan and make all the things we want to wear and use once the warm weather arrives! And right now, all we can think about is swooshy, stretchy, super-soft jersey. We’ll never stop loving wool and linen and cotton and silk, but right now, at this moment, jersey just feels like summer, and we are ready so ready for that.
To start with, we could use some new t-shirts. These are a year-round staple, but warm weather on the horizon feels like a good excuse to whip up some more. There are many fantastic patterns out there, but we’re partial to the Grainline Studio Lark Tee, the Sewaholic Renfrew, and we love the looks of Cashmerette’s new Concord T-shirt pattern. We’d also like to add a couple of Seamwork Aurora tanks to our summer wardrobes.
With a staple taken care of, next up is obviously fun dresses. There are so many great patterns out there for knit dresses, whether you want something a little dressy — Colette Patterns‘ Myrtle and Wren, for example, or Sewaholic’s Davie Dress — or a wardrobe staple that’s as at home running errands as it is on a restaurant patio or in the office. What is that magical dress, you ask? Well, Cashmerette’s Appleton (we love a wrap dress, as you know) would be a great option, as would Christine Haynes’ Marianne and the Mesa dress from Seamwork Magazine.
Now, since we’re in planning and dreaming mode, let’s talk accessories! We recently started carrying kits from Wool and the Gang featuring their Jersey Be Good t-shirt yarns. This super-bulky cotton yarn is a bit springier and stretchier than your average wool, but the big recommended needles make it quick to work up and the results are chic and a perfect pairing with all the other new items in your wardrobe. The kits include all the yarn and hardware (from clasps to handles to screws) needed for the pattern in question, with the needles available separately.
Finally, we’d be remiss not to include some kids stuff. Jersey is a such a great fabric for kids, and with patterns as fun as the Dylan Onesie, Eden Baggy Pants, and the Flashback Skinny Tee, how can you resist whipping up a few extra little projects with your leftover yardage?