Summer is a time for joy–school is out, ice cream trucks are in, and fruity cocktails have never tasted better! However, summer can be a stressful dressing time for many, as the fashion industry has pigeonholed summer dressing into a standard of thin and able-bodied. Let’s journey together to discover how to take the latest runway trends and make fashion-forward, yet cozy clothes perfect for those with disabilities or mobility concerns. Plus, beat the heat and create cool, sensory friendly clothing with our guide to sensory-friendly fabrics. Find your perfect summer vibe and sew it yourself with the following free sewing patterns!
70’s Disco Darling
If you’re a party animal or just love to dance, this funky trend is for you. Encouraged by the resurgence of interest in ABBA music and the stylings of Studio 54, many designers are looking towards the 1970’s disco scene for inspiration. Luckily, the clothes themselves are easily adaptable for anyone’s needs. With free-flowing silhouettes and psychedelic fabrics, boogie to your own beat with these patterns!
The Edith Dress is not only glamorous and chic, it was also specifically designed for adaptive needs! For a more 70s take, try creating this dress out of a printed silk charmeuse or with a glitter tulle overlay.
Get ready to dance with the Morina Jumpsuit! With a one-shoulder silhouette and wide trousers, this jumpsuit is simultaneously comfy and chic. Make it out of bamboo jersey for ultimate coziness, or sparkle and shine in metallic jersey! If you prefer not to use ties, try creating the belt with a slider or snaps.
Yes, cottagecore is still popular in 2022! This long-lasting trend first emerged as an escapist fantasy during 2020. Two years later, we are still seeing this trend everywhere, from the runways to street style. For summer, embrace a sweet-yet-sexy aesthetic for a twist on your typical cottagecore garments.
The Bluebell Dress is the epitome of summer cottagecore aesthetics, with cutouts and sweet puff sleeves. If you struggle with ties, try replacing it with a hook and eye closure. For extra sweetness, make it out of fabrics from Mood’s Sugar Collection!
One of the lessons we all learned during the pandemic is that comfort comes first! Luckily, there are so many ways to take a cozy fabric and turn it into something gorgeous. Plus, these looks are often super versatile and can transition from day to night with a few accessories.
Everyone needs that staple dress to wear for summer brunches, dates, or even weddings. The Mallow Dress allows the fabric to shine with a loose silhouette and simple tied closure. Keep it breathable with a bamboo jersey or glam it up with silk charmeuse.
The Luna Jumpsuit has quickly become a Mood Sewciety favorite. It’s easy to slip on and off, and with just a few styling changes, is appropriate for the workplace to the dancefloor and beyond! Any comfy fabric would do, including bamboo and printed jersey.
What trends are you excited to rock this summer? Let us know in the comments down below!
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