August 17, 2022

When the weather is at its best, we tend to spend less time at our machines and more in the great outdoors. But we usually still have a sewing itch to scratch! I often find that summer presents sewing gaps in my wardrobe that need filling with something that can be whipped up in an afternoon so I can enjoy them while the sun is shining.

So, what we are talking about is quick sewing projects that we can wear all summer long! We’ve shortlisted some of our favourite satisfyingly speedy sewing projects that can be cut out and made in a few hours. All of these should also be approachable for beginner sewers (although you may want to take more time with your project) and will be fast makes for more experienced stitchers.

The True Bias Ogden Cami is a simple blouse that can be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. It has a soft V-neck at both the centre front and centre back, and delicate spaghetti straps (sizes 0 – 18) or 3/4″ wide straps (sizes 14 – 30). The neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining for a beautiful, high-end finish. It is probably the most popular pattern in the sewing community!

Sizing: UK 8-20 and UK 16-32

Format: Paper and PDF

The Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Tunic has a modern, boxy fit, with a round neckline and grown-on sleeves, closing at the back with pretty ties or a button loop. Make Stevie as a top with a cropped hemline that hits the high hip, or as an above-the-knee dress, with optional turn-up cuffs and patch pocket. It’s so easy and speedy to make you will want to whip it up again and again!

Sizing: UK 6-24

Format: Paper and PDF

Woman wearing the Phoebe Top sewing pattern by Tammy Handmade. A cropped top pattern made in cotton, linen, double gauze or viscose fabrics, featuring ¾ length sleeves, dropped shoulder, v-neckline and relaxed fit.

The Tammy Handmade Phoebe Top is a lightweight cropped top that feels floaty and effortlessly stylish. The 3/4 length sleeves and modern dropped shoulder create a stylish silhouette that is comfy and easy-wearing. The pattern features a v-neckline and is finished with a simple facing so it’s a perfect beginner-friendly project! This breezy top will become a staple in your spring and summer wardrobe.

Sizing: UK 6 – 24

Format: PDF

Woman wearing the Unisex Tulia Tee sewing pattern from Sewing Patterns by Masin on The Fold Line. A T-shirt pattern made in cotton jersey, viscose jersey or merino wool jersey fabrics, featuring an oversized fit, round neck, grown-on elbow length sleeves and constructed of 5 fabric panels.

The Sewing Patterns by Masin Tulia Tee looks gorgeous on both men and women. The diagonal lines give the tee a unique look, and with its comfortable oversized fit, you’ll never want to take it off. It’s also a great scrap buster. You can make each of the five panels of your Tulia Tee in a different jersey scrap from your fabric stash. The construction of the tee is very simple which makes it a fast sewing project.

Sizing: UK 8-20

Format: PDF

If it’s a complete outfit you’re after and you have a couple of afternoons on your hands to sew…

The Closet Core Patterns Pietra Pants and Shorts are the best of both worlds: a flat front, high-waisted silhouette with the comfort of an elastic waist in the back. Featuring lengthening panels in the front with slanted hip pockets and a hidden waist stay, you’ll never want to take them off.

The Closet Core Patterns Cielo Top and Dress is an easy, breezy take on a boxy tee and shift dress. Loaded with interesting details and interchangeable features, it will fast become a wardrobe-building favourite.

Sizing: UK 6-20

Format: Paper

Woman wearing the Ilios Sun Hat sewing pattern from The Patterns Room on The Fold Line. A reversible sun hat pattern made in cotton and cotton blend fabrics, featuring a classic brim and back ribbon bow.

The Patterns Room Child/Women’s Ilios Sun Hat sewing pattern is reversible and includes two brim width options and three sizes to fit women and children.

Sizing: S – L (head circumference 53.5  – 58.5 cm / 21″ – 23″)

Format: PDF

Woman wearing the Esma Dress sewing pattern from Sew Over It on The Fold Line. A dress pattern made in viscose or bamboo jersey, French terry or lightweight cotton jersey fabrics, featuring a rounded neckline, short sleeves, wide waistband, gathered skirt and below knee length finish.

Every wardrobe needs a Sew Over It Esma Dress! This jersey dress is super comfy to wear and super simple to sew. Aimed at confident beginners, with a little bit of sewing know-how you can stitch up an Esma in an afternoon.

Sizing: UK 6 – 20 or 18 – 30

Format: PDF

Woman wearing the Remy Raglan Top sewing pattern from Sew House Seven on The Fold Line. A top pattern made in linen, linen blends, cotton voile, silk noil, sand-washed silk or cotton gauze fabrics, featuring short raglan sleeves, relaxed boxy silhouette and round neckline.
Woman wearing the Remy Raglan Gathered Sleeve Expansion Top sewing pattern from Sew House Seven on The Fold Line. A top pattern made in rayon’s, viscose or cotton fabrics, featuring a boat neck line with button and loop closure, relaxed fit and bracelet length raglan gathered sleeves.

The Sew House Seven Remy Raglan is a simple top with a relaxed fit that is quick to make and easy to wear. The fit is very loose and relaxed at the bust and waist, and while it is not a cropped top, it is a short top designed to be worn with high-waist pants and skirts. The Remy pattern now also includes a romantic gathered sleeve and you can download the Gathered Sleeve Expansion here for free.

Sizing: UK 6 – 22 and UK 18 – 36/38

Format: Paper and PDF

Woman wearing the Donovan Skirt sewing pattern by Helens Closet. A elastic waist skirt pattern made in cotton, linen, silk or rayon fabric featuring roomy pockets and drawstring waist.

Another fabulous outfit pairing that you can whip up in a couple of afternoons…

The Helen’s Closet Donovan Skirt is a beginner sewing pattern that teaches a variety of sewing techniques and results in a beautiful, everyday garment. This classic elastic waist skirt has the perfect amount of fullness and works in many different fabrics.

The Helen’s Closet Ashton Top is an all-season wardrobe staple that is easy to sew and style! The Ashton has bust darts and a signature A-line shape. The pattern includes the option to finish the neck and arms with an all-in-one facing or bias binding. The Ashton makes a great stash-buster!

Sizing: UK 6 – 34

Format: PDF

The Paper Theory Patterns Block Tee is a modern, oversized t-shirt, designed to look relaxed and feel easy to wear in a woven fabric without restricting movement – perfect for warm weather! The body is much wider than a regular t-shirt and the sleeves are longer than normal, sitting just above the elbow, with the angular armholes being its hallmark feature. The neckline has a hidden binding to complement its minimalist design, and the hem turn-ups are extra deep to emphasise its boxy silhouette.

Sizing: UK 6 – 28

Format: Paper and PDF

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