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If you like piña coladas, or getting caught in the rain… then you may just love this week’s new patterns. Read on to see the styles + get the pattern downloads.

The first sentence of this post is a reference to Rupert Holmes’ 1979 hit “Escape” (subtitled "The Piña Colada Song). As I was collaging these images together, it’s all I could hear in my head. If you’ve never heard it, scroll down, you may like it, it’s quite catchy actually. At least it can be your new soundtrack to sewing any of these patterns!

Long Sheer Dress: Try this dress in a sheer chiffon to wear as a cover-up over your swimsuit, or do as many New Yorkers are doing, and wear it out sheer over a slip.

Sequined Tube Top: This top makes going to the beach exceptionally glamorous— but you could just as nicely pair this top with wide leg trousers or a skirt for going out

Blouse with A-symmetrical Ruffle: This interesting blouse can have many reincarnations— in a boldly printed silk it looks tropical and beachy, but cut from a nude or black silk, you’ve got a fancy blouse for the office.

Curved Tank Top: Cut from mesh you’ve got an 80s-sporty tank to wear to the beach, but you know what else you could do? Lengthen the hem by 1-2 feet and make this sporty tank an elegant dress in a solid colored silk or knit fabric for Fall.

Sequin Shrug Jacket: This sequin jacket says New Years Eve or back-to-school to me more than “beach attire”. The styling options are endless: Wear it over jeans and a t-shirt, drape it over an evening gown, pair it with shorts and sandals…

Sequin Jumpsuit: How many of you have jumped on the romper/jumpsuit bandwagon? I’ve made a few. They are so easy to slip on in the morning when you don’t feel like putting any effort into dressing. My parents were begging me to change when I wore mine 6 days in a row while visiting them. This can be sporty in a sweatshirt or terrycloth fabric, or fancy in silk or rayon. It’s fun to wear them over tights in the Fall too.

Bubble Skirt: Have you been one to don a bubble skirt? In a light summery color this skirt is perfect for going to the beach or wearing out and about. For Fall, it would be nice in a gingham print and worn with autumnal colors.


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    Aug 22, 2011, 03.35 PMby lorrainecook2012

    Great fashion ideas! I am a fashionista by heart but sad to say I have gained weight after I gave birth to my baby. I am such a jealous woman now when I see girls who are able to wear sexy outfits. I am not used to being fat and I am not used to wearing clothes that I don’t comfortable with but because I gave birth recently I have to do it. I have to lose weight as fast as I can so I could wear back my dresses again and my hubby wouldn’t find someone else. ;)

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    Aug 18, 2011, 01.02 PMby iamdaniela

    I love this post! Thank you soooo much! I am in Australia and I have already started to prepare for Summer (I live in a tourist town and I want to fit in!) Looking forward to making the bubble skirt and the curved tank top. I have that fabric… somewhere!!!

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    Aug 18, 2011, 12.37 AMby ladyshape

    Sequins on the beach, oh yes! Daytime sequins are better than night time sequins in my humble opinion. Especially in gold.

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    Aug 18, 2011, 12.22 AMby flaka222

    Very cute set up. Probably for cruise wear, as we are preparing transitional clothing, meaning summer to autumn. Tropical styles are pretty much out, and sequins are for late December, not the beach. However, maybe on the W. coast, this would be nice. As far as the higher northern latitudes, fall going towards winter is what is on our minds now, especially with the school buses ready to roll. Farther north, in Canada, they are just about finished with summer. Hopefully, next week, you will catch up with fall.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 07.32 PMby nellyvdb

    Thanks Burdastyle for still posting patterns for summer clothes, when everywhere else I am starting to see Fall collections. I AM DREADING the upcoming cold months here in Canada, so this post is making my day.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 02.38 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I don’t mind getting caught in warm rain…but cold rain…forget about it. FWIW, there’s ton of that mesh for $1.29 a yard or so at Vogue Fabrics. Unless you’re of the sporty sort, few sewers seem to know what to do with this fabric. Thanks for your suggestion…do I have this particular fabric in my iPhone app? I’ll have to check.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.20 PMby abdicker

    Hey you guys from “Down Under”, It’s kinda hard to think of cold when it’s 90 degrees in Vermont USA. Enjoy the cold & snow!!! We will have it soon enough.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 05.55 PMby iin

    so pretty, especially long sheer dress and blouse with A symmetrical could be wear it with short sarong.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 03.19 PMby turtlegirl00

    i love the tube top and the long sheer dress!!!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 08.31 AMby ichigogirl

    Great selection! I’ve been looking at that jumpsuit… you just gave me another reason to make one (it’d be perfect to wear around the house on a lazy Sunday, maybe even combined with woolen socks and a cardigan, if it’s too cold). I also like the a-symmetrical ruffle-top, and the idea of lengthening the tank-top is great.

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    Aug 16, 2011, 03.03 AMby nouvellegamine

    you guys are funny. cute patterns, unfortunately i look out of place in most summer clothes.

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    Aug 15, 2011, 09.26 PMby MientjiB

    Pretty – especially the bubble skirt and the sheer dress. Today is the coldest winter day in New Zealand for the last 50 years, so it makes me happy to see some lovely summery photos!

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      Aug 15, 2011, 09.43 PMby squiddlepop

      I am in New Zealand as well…surrounded by ankle deep snow….it makes me jealous to see all these bright summery pictures!! c:

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      Aug 15, 2011, 11.08 PMby lila-1

      I’m jealous that everyone else is getting so much snow! In Auckland we are getting all of the cold but the only snow we get melts as soon as it hits the ground :(

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      Aug 16, 2011, 09.50 PMby iba

      I was in New zealand for 5 months and now in Belgium where it’s supposed to be summer! but it’s been raining for 2 months now! rather be in NZ with snow!!

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