Friends, we have reached the end of Me Made May! Woohoo! It's been awesome getting to see everyone's makes... and to learn about new-to-me sewing pattern designers... and also to know that I'm not the only one getting selfie fatigue! This probably sounds weird coming from someone who has a whole Instagram feed full of selfies, but I don't like having my photo taken. There's a reason I crop my face out like 99% of the time. ;)
Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that Lila + June is releasing not just one, but TWO new patterns this summer: the buttondown dress and the yet-to-be-named gathered bust dress. Thank you to everyone who helped me choose which ones to release next, and thank you especially to everyone who's already ordered a Sweetheart Dress pattern - you're making these new patterns possible!
I've also got a few more thoughts for upcoming designs below. Not all of them will make it to production - the realities of small business are real, y'all - but if all goes well, quite a few of them will. Fingers crossed!
Here's what I'm thinking about this week:
1. This mini skirt
The mini skirt has been a total dark horse this month. I sewed this one as a quick prototype last fall when I was figuring out how to drape skirts, and I haven't worn it much since. But then I used the pattern to whip up the red mini, and then this one made its way out as well... and then I stopped into an Urban Outfitters last week to see what rtw has been up to, and do you know what I saw? A plaid A-line mini in cheap poly for $54! I have a feeling whoever made those skirts for UO is paid a mere fraction of that $54. There's a part of me that wants to release this pattern just to counteract their stupid exploitative labor practices.
2. This top
I modeled this top after a much-beloved Ship'n'Shore blouse, and if the armpits weren't quite so high (hah!) I would wear it even more than I already do. I've got a few design details to work out in addition to the whole armhole thing - stuff like collar shape and interfacing and hemline - but this blouse is a super quick sew and also an awesome vehicle for showcasing your embroidery skills. Or, you know. Your machine's embroidery skills. I won't judge.
3. The Favorite Dress
This dress is a riff on the Lila + June Favorite Dress, and if you'd like to make one of your own (without the gathered bust) you can find the pattern hack here. This is one of the two dresses I wear the most in the summer - it's light and floaty and cool, even when it's 100+ degrees out. Definitely something to think about on the pattern front.
I don't put pockets in my dance dresses because I want my skirts to be as light and twirly as possible. But in a day dress / work dress / wear it all the time dress? Pockets are the sh*t! I'm still working out things like pocket placement and size and finishing, but you can expect to see this buttondown dress in all its pocketed glory in late summer!
5. This dress
Almost everything about this dress is new for me: the chambray, the wide straps (I can wear a real bra!) the button front, and especially the A-line skirt. I LOVE IT. I love it so much that I just safety-pinned those gaps on the bodice and kept on truckin'. There's something pleasingly sexy and feminine about an A-line, amirite? I've got some kinks to work out (thank you for all of your rad suggestions!) but this is definitely a design I'm going to spend more time with.