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Tracings Vol. #29 - Sewing for Spring Tracings Vol. #29 - Sewing for Spring


Tracings Vol. #29                     


Why should we wait for the season to sew the things we want to? I was tired of sewing winter tops so I decided its time for some spring sewing. And that's why we're dedicating this issue of Tracings to all things spring. We hope this excellent round-up of spring patterns, articles and ideas by Diane Severin will inspire you to start your very own spring wardrobe. 
I was really inspired by Angela's column this month about the Little Black Dress and have already started planning my next spring dress. 
Need some more help? Check out the winners of the Best Patterns
title this year and perhaps that's where you should begin. I know I did (Vogue 8815 Peplum top!) 
Happy Tracing!



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In Volume #29
Sewing for Spring
Dressing up the Little Black Dress
Best Patterns of 2012
New Simplicity
Spring Patterns
SewingForSpringSewing for Spring


In the Spring, a woman's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ...sewing her spring wardrobe, to paraphrase the poet.


And this Spring is no different!  We've been yearning for Spring for a few months now, and what better way to anticipate it than to decide what we're going to sew for that season.



Kwik Sew 3334: An unlined jacket great for Spring
Kwik Sew 3334: An unlined jacket great for Spring!

One harbinger of Spring is the announcement of Pantone's Spring and Summer color palette.  This year the color is Emerald Green, as Angela Wolf described in her recent column.


 LittleBlackDressDressing up the Little Black Dress   

By Angela Wolf


As I am going through my fabric stash, trying to come up with some ideas for Spring sewing, I can't help but think of the LBD.  


Dresses are really making a comeback this year; from vintage-inspired to the classic style of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O, many of the dresses shown this season are feminine and flattering on many shapes and sizes.  


The Sheath Dress


The sheath is always a go-to when you're searching for the perfect dress to sew.  It's such a simple dress, yet there is an abundance of design options to alter this basic pattern.  Here are some of the more popular trends for this season:



BestPatternsBest Patterns of 2012
by Diane Egelston

Researching and writing PatternReview's eighth annual Best Patterns roundup provided boatloads of motivation to plan my next projects, as I found many beautiful interpretations of these simple-to-construct knit and woven classics.

Missing from the top-ten lineup were pants, which found their way into the top fifteen via

Best Patterns Voting

Sewaholic Patterns, the clear front runner for 2012 Pattern Company of the Year.   

Comprising four of the top fifteen patterns, and three of the top ten, this new entrant into the independent pattern company pantheon has garnered 185 reviews in the past two years, making it a super success right out of the gate.



NewSimplicityNew Simplicity
Simplicity 1666


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Simplicity 1654

  PatternsSpring Patterns
Simplicity 1653 Misses' and Plus Dress

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Simplicity 1665 Misses' Dress, Tunic, Jacket and Pants
  Simplicity 1665 Misses Dress, Tunic, Jacket and Pants
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Simplicity 1642 Misses' Skirt and Top

Simplicity 1642 Misses Skirt and Top

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Burda 7101 Women's Jackets
Burda 7101 Women's Jackets
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Burda 7059 Misses' Dress

Burda 7059 Misses' Dress shop now


Burda 7107 Misses' Top

Burda 7107 Misses Top
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New Look 6194 Misses' Cropped Jacket, Tops, Skirt and Pants
New Look 6194 Misses Cropped Jacket, Tops, Skirt and Pants
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New Look 6188 Misses' Jacket

New Look 6188 Misses' Jacket
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New Look 6189 Misses Pants, Skirt and Shorts

New Look 6189 Misses Pants, Skirt and Shorts
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McCall's 6712 Misses' Top and Skirt
McCall's 6712 Misses' Top and Skirt
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McCall's 6709 Misses' Jackets
McCall's 6709 Misses' Jackets
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McCall's 6704
Misses' Tops
McCall's 6704 Misses' Tops
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Vogue Patterns 8886 Misses' Top, Dress and Pants
Vogue Patterns 8886 Misses' Top, Dress and Pants
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Vogue Patterns 1343 Misses' Dress

Vogue Patterns 1343 Misses Dress
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Vogue Patterns 8884 Misses' Coat and Belt

Vogue Patterns 8884 Misses' Coat and Belt
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