Fibre Mood 23 is here and we are excited to start sewing our summer wardrobe with these gorgeous patterns. This issue comes with 12 sewing patterns to create a capsule summer wardrobe, and as always they have endless hacking possibilities.
Have a look at our top fabric suggestions below, including fabrics featured in the magazine.
Ultra feminine, yet playful: this wrap dress looks lovely with sneakers as well as a pair of summer sandals, and adapts seamlessly to your plans. The elastic in the shaped puffed sleeves creates extra volume. The tulip skirt drapes elegantly below the knee. Prefer something a little longer? Of course you can! The Kamala dress also has the perfect finishing touch with the darts at the back of the skirt, the pleats in the top at the back and of course a lovely tie.
Choose your fabric to create the desired effect. Do you want volume? Then go for a stiffer material, such as poplin or jacquard. If you prefer a flowing, supple effect, then you can do that with a fabric like chambray, lyocell, (silk) satin, double gauze, linen.
Sharlene has used our Flow Linen Viscose to make the Kamala dress.
Hello summer! This dress with narrow shoulder straps is just the job for hot days and humid evenings. Playful above the knee or glamorous down to the ankles: just choose your perfect length. A summer top – relaxed with a pair of jeans - is another fun option! Leanne adores a summer breeze and also looks really pretty in a light fabric. With a more structured fabric you gain extra volume and it becomes a real statement piece.
Do you like something simple? With a flowing and supple fabric, Leanne hangs beautifully, giving you a minimalistic and elegant summer dress. Keen to make a statement? A stiffer fabric or fabric with an interesting structure, such as jacquard, poplin, seersucker or dobby gives your dress plenty of volume and will definitely turn heads.
The button-down skirt is a delightful classic that is easy to style. A feminine top, a basic shirt, a loose cardigan or a fine knitted jersey: Maeve matches every style and season, because you can make the skirt in pretty much any fabric. The model is closely fitted at the hips and drops in a light A-line towards the hem. Thanks to the darts in the front and back you can easily adapt the waist. The very best thing about this all-time favourite? It is a really simple sewing project and does not take too much time.
Poplin, chambray, double gauze, linen, lyocell…there are almost no limits when it comes to this skirt! We would only warn against knitted fabrics. And the look? In one colour or with extravagant print, this classic design gets away with anything.
Bellissima! This lovely top is going to give you Mediterranean holiday vibes for sure, with its V neck front and back. The flounce is attached to the lining, creating a playful balloon effect. The zip is neatly concealed in the left side seam. We think this top looks most beautiful cropped at waist level. Would you rather make it longer? Then take care to widen the hem from the waist point.
Nona becomes a real eye-catcher in a stiffer fabric like poplin, batiste or organza. Chambray, double gauze, lyocell or linen will also give extra volume. If you would like the playful top to be supple, choose a lighter fabric like (viscose) crêpe.
See that striking sleeve! Depending on the fabric you choose, you get an upright statement sleeve with lots of volume, or a floaty, supple and thus extra elegant sleeve. And the details? The gathers on the sleeve cap, the classic collar and hidden placket are in subtle contrast with the striking sleeves.
The splendid sleeves in Oriana are enhanced in a woven fabric such as poplin or textured cotton. If you prefer something floaty, set to work with a fabric with more drape, such as double gauze, chambray, lyocell or crêpe.
Following in Twiggy's footsteps: this playful A-line dress is not only wonderfully summery, it also looks cheerful and exciting with its sixties vibes. You can lengthen the dress or make it even shorter if you dare… Petula has a concealed zip and princess seams combined with a dart for a beautiful fit. The elegant neck and arm cut has been finished with an all in one facing.
A statement Petula demands a fabric with extra body, to make the dress 'stand up' rather than 'fall down'. So choose, for example, woven jacquard, poplin or taffeta. Not such a fan of this voluminous effect? Then go for a supple fabric such as double gauze, chambray, lyocell or linen.
This classy, ultra-feminine top is an absolute 'must sew'. A challenging sewing project, but the result is a classic piece that will give you years of enjoyment. Quilla looks lovely short, although you can easily adjust the length if you like. Also, the sleeveless top has an A-line and high neck at the front and back. The neck and arm cut has been finished with an all in one facing. Anything else you should know? The side panels include some elastic for a fun effect. Furthermore, the Quilla will look completely different depending on your fabric and colour choice - it is up to your imagination!
You can choose any number of fabrics for this Quilla, from chambray and modal to double gauze and seersucker. Tip: your work will be a little easier with a stiffer fabric like linen and poplin, compared to supple fabrics like crêpe. You can play with patterns and proportions by using a reversible double gauze and switching the side panels.
Already in holiday mode, even if it's ages before you next pack your suitcase: Selah looks nonchalant and relaxed with its wide legs, high waist and buttons. These sailor style trousers look extra special with the row of buttons. Fun detail: the fastening turns into a pleat. The model is fitted around the waist and gets wider towards the hem. There are darts in the back, allowing you to adjust the waist as necessary. And the length? This is a long model, however, the culotte - a slightly shorter version - is also beautifully suited to your summer plans.
Make Selah in a woven material with sufficient weight. Denim, twill cotton, poplin, (fine) corduroy, leather: everything is possible. Knitted fabrics, however, are less suited due to the details.
Planning a party? Or simply fancy an extravagant look? This ruffle dress will be the eye-catcher in your summer wardrobe. The number of layers, that's up to you: go all the way, and you'll end up with a sensational maxi dress. Lose some layers and you'll have a midi dress, a mini dress or simply a top. The rectangular neckline and 3/4 balloon sleeves (with inner sleeves) top off this tropical treat.
This dress is a real eye-catcher when the layers sway with your every step. So choose a supple fabric like (viscose) crêpe, lyocell, double gauze, or chambray. Popular seersucker gives a really lovely effect as well.
Uzma goes minimalistic: simple, but perfectly finished. Plus, if you choose a really lovely fabric, you have a timeless garment that goes with many many outfits. This square neck top is cropped (although the length is easy to adjust), and also lovely and loose. The neckline and armholes are finished with an all in one facing. This requires a little effort but once that's done, you'll have a new top ready in no time!
Do you love linen, denim or chambray, enjoy wearing double gauze, poplin or jacquard, a sucker for seersucker or batiste ... whatever you like, it will look lovely with Uzma. This pattern is great for using up small pieces of fabric, have a look in our Remnants section for a bargain!
Hot, hot, hot this season! Classy, super-feminine and wonderful worn with a T-shirt or on her own. Vivienne is lined, has a loose fit and has a side panel plus a front and back panel. Seam lines add an elegant touch. Another must with this waistcoat: a row of buttons and welt pockets. Don't want the welt pockets? Then just leave them out, it immediately makes things easier and quicker…
Vivienne is best in a stiffer fabric, such as twill cotton, denim, fine corduroy, medium to heavy weigt linen or gabardine. Light and supple fabrics are less suitable for this waistcoat.
For more information on each pattern, including fabric requirements visit the Fibre Mood website.