We have such a fun style inspiration post today from the lovely Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking! What I love about Suzannah’s blog is that her projects are always meant for the LONG term. So so so often I sew something and then wear it once because it ended up not be the style I love or because I just have no idea how to actually wear said item well. My favorite repeat posts of AIDM is the “how to wear it posts”. Okay, so you made an amazing but very unique outfit, nowwwwwwww how to wear it. Whenever I feel like I am getting into a wardrobe “funk” these posts kick me right back out again! Then add into it her gorgeous food photography (her IG feed makes me drool) and home decor posts and well, I am certainly hooked! Thank you so much Suzannah!
Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking here, so happy to get to share some French ideas on Kelly’s lovely blog – oh, how I love watching her Instagram adventures with her well-dressed children as they travel beautiful places in Europe! I know Kelly is much more of an expert on quintessential French style than I am, but I do have some images in my head – I wanted to share with you some DIY ideas for recreating classic French summer looks with some fabulous sewing tutorials!
When I think French summer style, I think classic black and white stripes, red accents, and maybe a lightweight trench. Blue and red work, too! And some glam sunglasses, and a simple tote. Something like this…
Maybe you already have the perfect classy bright summer skirt or soft Petit Bateau knit in your closet, but if not… here are some ideas for fun DIY versions you can do of some very French summer-appropriate looks!
Here’s what I’d do!
French summer-inspired DIY ideas
I love this polka dot dress. It’s a totally basic fitted bodice style, and a simple gathered skirt. You could lengthen the sleeves on this basic dress pattern (adding even extra for the cuffs), and use a less full, gathered skirt! (I’ve used Simplicity 2444 umpteen times, and Simplicity 1873 is also a good one!)
Circle skirts are the BEST. How about a bright red one, or a check?
You don’t need a pattern for a circle skirt, but here’s a very thorough circle skirt calculator so you can draft your own!
Make your own comfy tee out of a navy and white stripe knit and a simple knit top pattern like this one by Dixie DIY!
My favorite sewing successes are when I’ve made myself things that I really love and can wear in my everyday life. I think a chic, Paris summer-inspired DIY may be perfect for the next time people like us want to get creative!
Thanks so much for having me, Kelly!
Readers, join me at Adventures in Dressmaking for more sewing and DIY ideas!
Don’t you just want to run out and buy some striped fabric and those fabulous patterns? Yes, yes I do ha!
Thank you again Suzannah!