I love to wear simple skirts and tops in the summer but I can never seem to find clothes that are just right. I know what I want, but buying ready-made means you're stuck with the current fashion and not necessarily what looks good on you or what you like. I found these Brown Paper Patterns and I'm really excited to give them a try. There is one pattern each for skirts, pants/shorts, and tops and each pattern has five variations. They are simple on purpose so you can customize the design to suit your fancy. I'm in the process of making a six-gored short skirt but got held up when I didn't have the right zipper. I bought the patterns from here after I checked out the reviews here.
I also bought two other patterns: Simplicity 4632 that has a top, dress, and pants with variations and Simplicity 4589. I love what Amber at Berlin's Whimsy did with #4589 so I'm attempting the same thing. It's supposed to be an easy pattern so we'll see.
I took advantage of Hancock's sale and bought some fabrics that I'm really excited about. You can see the palette I've been drawn to for the summer. There's also some natural colored linen that's in the wash.
My reach usually exceeds my grasp on sewing projects but then what's the summer for? :)