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Creating A Scottish Summer Wardrobe…

Creating A Scottish Summer Wardrobe…

Summer has arrived in Glasgow. ( Well, it did for 3 days, then it left again. )  No matter what the weather may bring, I am always itching to make over my wardrobe in the 6 week summer break that we teachers are lucky to get.  My sewing machine has been seriously neglected so it would be rude not take it for a spin and give it some much needed TLC!  I always have such good intentions of making numerous garments; but for my own piece of mind I’m not going to pressure myself into doing too much.  What ever happens, happens!  

Sun of a beach

Living in Scotland means you have to be prepared to experience all seasons in one day.  You can never leave the house without some sunnies (currently lusting over some tens sunny g’s) and a hood. My girl chouchou has me covered on that front!  When it comes to our wardrobes us Scots have to be mindful of the ever changing climate, which is why layering is quintessential to our outfit choices.  So when it comes to choosing sewing patterns being able to layer it up, or down, is a necessity!

So what are my pattern picks for Summer 15?

Guise Pants and Rise&Fall Turtleneck
Guise Pants and Rise&Fall Turtleneck

I LOVE this outfit.  Papercut Patterns have knocked it out the park with their new range ‘Chameleon.’  The loose fitting trousers and turtle neck jumper are channeling the 70’s vibe that is so popular this season.  The guise pants are so versatile and will help transition your wardrobe from Summer to Autumn.  I have never made a pair of trousers, so I’m looking forward to giving this pattern a go!  I already know that I’m to have to take them up at least 3 inches. #shortgirlproblems.

The Rise and Fall turtle neck comes with two variations.  A loose fitting version, you can see above, and a more structured variation.  I personally am not a big fan of a polo neck, but I really love the shape of the loose fitting top and can see it being ideal for keeping me warm during those brisk summer nights.

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The Arielle Skirt from Tilly and the buttons is a must have this Summer!  The unique button closure is what makes this garment so special.  Taking a step away from the traditional skirt pattern it will breathe fresh air into your wardrobe. Whether you dress it up or down; either way – you are onto a winner.


Alder Shirtdress


Last but by no means least, the Ader shirtdress from Grainline Patterns.  This pattern is ideal for picnics in the park or cocktails in the sun!  This July, I am taking a creative pattern alteration course at The Stitchery Studio, using the Alder shirtdress as the foundation to create some new and unique alterations.  I’m thinking a scalloped collar and maybe some box pleats. Decisions, decisions…

With 6 weeks off, I’ve definitely got no excuse to rustle up the beginnings of a new wardrobe.  If you need some guidance on where to begin, I would highly recommend reading wardrobe architect series from Coletterie to give you the inspiration and tips on how to get started.


Will you be joining me in creating a new wardrobe this Summer?  Let me know what your top pattern picks are!

Love, love



1 thought on “Creating A Scottish Summer Wardrobe…”

  • Hey lovely! Personally I’m not a huge fan of turtlenecks, but loving your other choices (: such a cute shirt dress and glad to hear you have a course to keep your inspiration up over the long Summer holidays! Can’t help but wonder if you will be fashioning a Wee & Twee special at my wedding in less than six weeks! Xxx

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