Caroline Hulse from Sew Caroline shows us the latest with her summery Sewing Fashion Report! Caroline was just here with a Date Night Clutch tutorial featuring her new Gleeful Art Gallery Fabrics Limited Edition fabric collection. Gleeful is a bright, happy group of fabrics, perfect for your own swim coverups, Sailor Shorts and more!

Caroline also designs and sells patterns! Head over to Sew Caroline for the latest from Caroline, and fill us in on your summer sewing plans in the comments below. Are you making skirts and tanks? Sunhats, coverups, bathing suits and more?!


Summer is starting to show its hot hot face in Texas. We’ve already made a few trips to the lake and pool, so you know what I’ve got on the brain: SWIMSUITS! It seems that this year the blogging world is taking sewing swim wear by storm! (HEY! I even sewed my first swimsuit…) I want to share some inspiration with you in hopes that you may tackle your fear of sewing swimwear this season.

Clockwise (from top left): McCalls 5400 pattern hack by Mimi G Style, 3-in-1 Swimsuit Sewing Tutorial by Cotton and Curls, Green Bathing Suit by Very Purple Person

Self-drafted vintage-inspired bikini by Melissa Esplin, The Bombshell Swimsuit by Lindsay Woodward


And what’s better to top off your handmade swimwear than a handmade COVERUP?! Here are a few fun, inspirational coverups. You can make most of these in just a short afternoon of sewing!

Clockwise (from top left): Upcycled button-up and tank top to coverup by Freckles in April, Kimono Coverup by Jillian Undercover, Boat Club coverup by Sew Caroline

No-sew swim coverup by Watch Out for the Woestmans and Bathing Suit Coverup by The Sparks Studio

Summer Staples

Sometimes I find it easier when you can see a pattern’s bones and then find fun fabrics to pair with them. In the summer, my staple wardrobe is shorts, a tee or tank and a hat of some sorts. So here’s some SUMMERTIME inspiration for this staple wardrobe!

Renfrew Tee sewn with pineapple fabric found on Spoonfower, Sailor Shorts sewn with butter yellow denim, and a big floppy hat sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Snow and a bow sewn in Honeydew.