We’re excited to announce Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline will be sharing a new, monthly Sewing Fashion Report here at Sew Mama Sew. Caroline has a great eye for garment patterns, apparel fabric and fashion trends; we love the Dressing For… series on her site! Caroline has a new line of prints for the AGF Limited Edition series coming out this summer, Gleeful. (Caroline has a great photo of the advance yardage on Facebook!) She also designs and sells patterns, and shares lots of DIY projects on her site. We want more of Caroline’s fabulous style in our wardrobe!

Share your thoughts in the comments below. What are the latest sewing fashion trends you notice in your browsing? Is there a fresh, new pattern for spring or summer that you can’t wait to sew?

From Caroline: I have a passion for handmade fashion, and love posting about all things sewing-related. My favorite things to sew, however, are women’s clothing items… And that’s what we’ll focus on in this column.

Peplum Tops

Peplums have been around for some time now, but I think we can all agree that they’re perfect for a bit of self-sewing. They’re easy to put together and can add a statement to any outfit. Check these three gals out for some peplum DIY inspiration!

Clockwise (from top left): Peplum Refashion via Merrick’s Art, Riding Peplum pattern by April Rhodes from Sew Charleston, Peplum DIY from an XL Tshirt via Oh, Sweet Joy!

Chevron Peplum DIY via Cation Designs, Coffee Date Dress pattern from BurdaStyle hack, via Dandelion Drift

Florals for Spring

Florals are something I can really get behind, especially in the spring! What about you? Are you a floral lover, too? Check these ladies out for some floral inspiration!

Large-scale floral dress via True Bias, Floral chiffon top from I Still Love You

Clockwise (from top left): Maxi Floral from Art Gallery Fabrics, Chambray and Floral Tank Tutorial from Me Sew Crazy, Floral Zippy Top via See Kate Sew

Dressing For Spring

Sometimes it is difficult to plan a handmade wardrobe/outfit because you’re not sure how certain styles will go together OR you just can’t think of two handmade patterns to put together to make a complete look. To me, it makes things a little easier to see them put together! Here is a fun outfit idea for springtime…

April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics Triangle Tokens in cotton voile, BurdaStyle draft-it-yourself Gathered Maxi Skirt, Megan Nielsen Briar Sweater + Tshirt, Girl Charlee cotton spandex in off white

See you next month for some more sewing fashion trends!