Athina of AK Patterns came back from a hiatus and hit the ground running by releasing the Brittany Skirt last week – a new skirt pattern that is perfectly on trend for your Spring and Summer wardrobe needs!! The Brittany Skirt rides the line between your standard, gathered skirt and the dungaree / bibs / overall trend that has taken over this year. The over the shoulder straps add a fun touch that really takes this classic style to another level! I participated in the Tester Group for this pattern back in the fall, and I’m so happy to finally share it with you today!
Happy almost-end-of-April!! Before the month comes to a close, here’s my April edition of Monthly Make My Stash 2020. This fabric was always meant to be a Flora dress, but as with many of the projects I’ve prioritized this year, just got pushed back over and over and over again! I’m so glad that I not only finally got around to sewing this fabric into something wearable, but also that I stuck to my original plan – it is the perfect match!
Last week, I went into a little more detail about my #MonthlyMakeMyStash project and how I chose my goal fabrics for 2020. This here is the beautiful neon sweater knit fabric that I chose for February! I purchased this lovely sweater knit from Stylish Fabric in August 2018, and much like my January fabric, I knew exactly what I wanted it to be but it continued to get pushed back to the non-priority pile. It also became a little bit more of a high-stakes fabric when I sewed a maternity-friendly Waterfall Raglan in autumn 2018 and it began to immediately unravel – I found out that I didn’t actually know how to sew with sweater knits, and it made a difference! With that realization, I became pretty nervous about cutting into this wild and beautiful neon sweater knit. Thanks to my Monthly Make My Stash challenge, I finally sewed it up and I am thrilled that I did!!
When I started to think about my 2020 sewing plans, I wanted to do something that made sense for me, my sewing desires, and my habit of adding things to or changing my sewing plans entirely on a regular basis. I recognized that I had less interest in sewing certain patterns than I did in working through my fabric stash, and it hit me. I went to my fabric shelf, and began setting aside different cuts of fabric – some that were just barely out of season enough to have fallen off my priority list, some that were too pretty to pass up but I’d never had any idea what I wanted to sew them into, some that I’d purchased with a clear plan for but never sewn up, and some that had simply become so precious as they’d sat on the shelf that I’d become afraid to finally cut into them! I had planned to turn this fabric into a Toaster Sweater back when I’d bought it in 2018, but it kept getting pushed aside, so it became my January Fabric! Come see how it turned out, and learn a little bit more about #MonthlyMakeMyStash on today’s blog post!