Fashion Forecast

 Spring/Summer 2011

Spring and Summer brings layering of lightweight silks, stretch mesh and linens offerings.

Now that we have gotten used to the shorter skirt, the long skirt returns once more, but short is always more popular in hot weather. Get ready to put the long tube skirt in your wardrobe for Fall.  

Striped fabrics are very big, cut lengthwise, crosswise, on the bias or a combo of all 3.  For prints, watch for polka dots and large scale Spring floVogue 1243 - Jacketrals.  Colors to put in your wardrobe: bisque, butterscotch, dusty apricot, deep red, deep green.  White is always a favorite, this time combined with grey or navy stripes. You will also see a lot of cream and black combos.  A black linen basic pant is a definite must, my suggestion VOGUE 1125 view 2 for a simple well-fitting straight leg pant.  Pair this with a sleeveless a shaped vest VOGUE 1124 in a stretch mesh or stripe with a simple tank as the 3rd piece.   Once again you will see lots of layering this season so keep the fabrics lightweight.

What looks newest is a T-shirt look in a tunic length. My favorite here is VOGUE 1197 which comes with an awesome one seam slim pull on pant with side slit. Make yourself a few of the slim pants in knit since they pair well with all of the knit tops you will want to make.  While the simple knit top is always available, why not make yours with some interesting styling such as the short ruched sleeve on VOGUE 1197 and my all time favorite VOGUE 1109 in  a striped knit or color blocked combo.  If you find a beautiful print, keep the t-shirt style simple, VOGUE 1085 with a raglan sleeve can be made in less than 2 hours and is so flattering on all bodies. Wrap styles are always flattering, especially at night, my preference here is VOGUE 1164.

Vogue 1234 - DressShorts in the summer! Of course! Make a cute pair of walking shorts from VOGUE 1184 with a front boxed pleat, very figure flattering with a comfortable fit.  I made these shorts in a lightweight wool and wore them all fall and winter with ribbed tights and boots.

Jackets are short for spring, many with a ¾ sleeve. What you are looking for here is simple styling in a great fabric.  Why not make VOGUE 1147 view B in the short length with the plain collar?  Shorten the sleeves 5 inches and you have made a terrific little jacket which was very easy to make.   Speaking of cute little jackets, in April 2011,  3 little jackets will be released in one pattern, VOGUE 1243, perfect for those who want to hide their arms or just want to add a very up-to-date  3rd piece to the ensemble. I love all 3 of them and you will too. Little or no fit is involved.

Warm weather makes us yearn for a dress. Find a drapey knit, plain or printed and make puzzle dress VOGUE 1234, also released in April. Last year I made VOGUE 1101 view A  in navy linen with white topstitching.  I wore it with white double knit skinny pants, made from VOGUE 1197 and plan to enjoy it again this year.

Now that we have gotten quite used the short skirt, watch the lengths start down again, both in a narrow or a full skirt. If you love piping or decorated seams, make VOGUE 1082 and you will have the new length covered, in both a skinny skirt and a full one. Vogue has discontinued my very favorite skirt patterns, but if you own VOGUE 2969 make it.

Get out your strappy sandals or purchase a new pair, maybe in a colored patent leather. Your jewelry should be colorful and big. Layer on as much as you want. Warm weather brings out the devil in us all.

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