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On the Sewing Table – Summer 2017 Sewing Plans

It’s time once again to take a look at what’s “On the Sewing Table” for this summer.

Since it already near the end of May I thought I figured I’d share my sewing plans for summer. As it turns out I’ll be participating in a few fun sew-alongs this summer, plus I have a ton of other projects on my to make list. 

Summer 2017 Sewing Plans

Colors of Flag Challenge

In my last video, I mentioned that I am co-hosting the Colors of  Flags Challenge which we are encouraging participants to show their patriotism by sewing up a dress or outfit using either the  #4thofJulyProudDressProject or #FlagsOfTheWorldDressProject

Announcing the #4thofJulyProudDressProject and #FlagsOfTheWorldDressProject sew-along challenge, the big reveal will be July 1 thru the 7th.
Here’s a sneak peak of the fabric I’ll be using

I already have the fabric and a plan for my  #4thofJulyProudDressProject, so excited to get started with this project. 

Sew Together for Summer

Another sew-along I’m super excited about is the #SewTogetherForSummer sew-along hosted by Sara Smith. The goal of this sew along is to make a summer shirt dress. 

Akram's Ideas : vintage Simplicity 4260 shirt dress
My plan is to make vintage Simplicity 4260

I absolutely love shirtdress and for this project have to decide to use one of my vintage patterns making it one of my #VintagePledge projects too. 

Pink Check Fabric
I plan to use this pink check fabric as a wearable muslin

 A Summer Moneta

Pattern review of the Moneta Dress by Colette Patterns made with 3/4 length sleeves and tie collar for the #monteaparty sewalong.
Seriously, I love my Moneta dress

If you read about my Moneta dress, you’ll know that I am in love with this dress and have worn it like every other day since I’ve made it. 

I plan to make a summer version of the dress in a lightweight fabric with short sleeves or maybe sleeveless. I’m not sure what collar option I will use, but this project is most likely next on my list. 

A look at what I've got "on the sewing table" my Summer 2017 sewing plans, which include some sew-alongs and a few home decor projects
Can’t wait to turn this into another Moneta dress

Gable Dress

Last summer I made the Gable top from Jenifer Lauren Handmade, which I adore so much I made a second. Since then she has released the Gable dress extension pack, which features the top on a gathered skirt. 

Navy Stripe knit
I think this would make the perfect Gable Dress

Since I’m so in love with the Moneta dress I thought the Gable dress would be another great dress to have in my wardrobe. 

Agnes Top 

I mentioned back in March I really wanted to make an Agnes Top, but I didn’t get around to it. 

This summer I am definitely going to whip up an Agness top or two. I think it’s the perfect summer tee pattern and hope that I can get the fit just right. 

I have a plan to make a few different versions but one, in particular, I want to make will be using this great cream knit with a red anchor print. 

Akram's Ideas: Anchor knit and Agnes Top
This fabric would make the perfect Agnes top


Butterick 6453

I’m probably late to the party with this one, but after seeing all the lovely Butterick 6453 dresses online I decided I needed to have one of my own. This one is near the end of my to make list but if I can swing it I’d love to make one for this summer. 

Buttierick 6453 and Pink Daisy boarder print
I just picked up the perfect fabric for Butterick 6453

A lot of other sewing Youtubers have made this dress including Bianca of Vintage on Tap who has a full bust adjustment video for this pattern. Then there’s Abi from The Crafty Pinup also made a spectacular version of this dress. 

Other Planed Projects

Other than the projects I have planned for myself, I have a selfless sewing project and some home decor projects planned. 

Grant’s Out of this World Quilt

My sister is due to deliver her second child at the end of June. I’ve decided to welcome my nephew Gran, a cozy crib quilt.

Grant’s room is spaced themed, so with leftover fabric, my sister gave me I decided there was just enough I can make a really cool quilt for him, that’s out of this world! 

Grant's Out of this World Quilt
I’ve already cut the squares now to sew it up

This is the first time I’ve attempted to make a full quilt from scratch but I’m hoping the construction will be straight forward. 

Layla’s Summer Dress

Playful floral Print
Wouldn’t this make a great dress for little Layla?

In a recent fabric haul, I snag some fun floral prints that I think would make a great summer dress for my niece, Layla.


Another project my list is a pair of curtains for my husband’s home office. I made a set of curtains for the bedroom out of beautiful silver metallic table clothes I bought during after Christmas clearance from Target.  I have a few table cloths left over and my hubby wants the same curtains made for his office. 

Sliver Tablecloth
This tablecloth will be turned into curtains

Stay tuned because I plan on making a quick tutorial on how to make these curtains soon. 

What’s on your Sewing Table?

Okay I know it’s a long list but I have all summer, or at least till mid-August to get them done. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

I would love to hear in the comments below what projects you’ve got “On the Sewing Table” this month. 

A look at what I've got "on the sewing table" my Summer 2017 sewing plans, which include some sew-alongs and a few home decor projects



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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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